Dr. Susan Hilsenbeck, professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine, has been selected as a 2011 Fellow of the American Statistical Association for her outstanding contributions to the statistical profession.

"This is a prestigious honor for Dr. Hilsenbeck," said Dr. C. Kent Osborne, director of both the Smith Breast Center and NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Cancer Center at BCM. ""Her contributions are many and include numerous studies of biomarkers in breast cancer that have helped scientists and clinicians understand the biology of the disease and to select patients for the optimal therapy. Her work has also provided new statistical methods to analyze studies of the biomarkers, as well as clinical trials of new anti-cancer agents."

Hilsenbeck also serves as director of the Biostatistics and Informatics Shared Resource in the Duncan Cancer Center at BCM.

She, along with the 58 new fellows named in 2011, will be presented with an award Aug. 2 in a special ceremony at the American Statistical Association's Joint Statistical Meeting in Miami.

The association, a scientific and educational society founded in Boston in 1839, is the world's largest community of statisticians and the second oldest, continuously operating professional society in the United States.