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Becker receives investigative pathology society's highest honor

Promise - Summer 2012

By Mary Jane Schier

Frederick Becker, M.D., is past president of the 
American Association of Pathologists.
Photo by Gini Reed

Frederick F. Becker, M.D., professor of molecular pathology, received the 2012 American Society for Investigative Pathology Gold-Headed Cane Award during the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego.

The award, a mahogany cane with a 14-carat gold head and engraved band, recognizes Becker’s contributions to pathology, including outstanding research, meritorious teaching and leadership in academic medicine. It’s the highest honor that the society gives to a member.

Becker joined MD Anderson in 1976 as professor and chair of the Department of Pathology. Three years later, he published the first paper describing epigenetic changes during pre-malignancy and in malignant tumors. He became 
MD Anderson’s first vice president for research in 1979, serving in that post for 19 years.

Becker served on the National Cancer Advisory Board from 1990 to 1996. He is a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences in Spain.

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