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M. D. Anderson Radiation Oncologist Elected to ASTRO High Post

M. D. Anderson Radiation Oncologist Elected to ASTRO High Post
M. D. Anderson News Release 09/26/00

Dr. Nora Janjan, professor of radiation oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, this fall becomes president-elect of the largest radiation oncology society in the world.

Dr. Janjan’s term begins in October. She is only the second woman in the organization’s 42-year history to hold the post. Following a one-year rotation as president-elect, Dr. Janjan will became president of the society in 2001. After a year as president, she will then become chair of the board of directors.

With some 4,000 members, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) is a leading organization in radiation oncology, biology and physics. The society's mission is to promote excellence in patient care and provide opportunities for educational and professional development.

“It is a tremendous honor,” says Dr. Janjan. “The society is the lead organization for radiation oncology in the country, and I consider its leadership an evolving assignment.

“The post comes with a three-year leadership commitment at various executive levels to acquire diverse experience within the organization. The continuity allows ASTRO to have uninterrupted programs and initiatives as its officers make smooth transitions into positions with new responsibilities.”

Dr. Janjan has been a faculty member at M. D. Anderson for 11 years, specializing in gastrointestinal cancers and pain management. She serves on numerous local, state, national and international advisory committees, such as the Harris County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Association for Cancer Education and World Health Organization.


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