While many times, the achievements of senior faculty members receive the greatest attention, MD Anderson is also taking steps to highlight the important work of junior faculty. Earlier this month, MD Anderson honored 16 promising young scientists and physicians with the first R. Lee Clark Fellow award. The award was established to recognize outstanding work by junior faculty members and to help support their future efforts.
The program is named in honor of MD Anderson’s first full-time director and president, Dr. R. Lee Clark, who served from 1946 to 1978.
The awards are being given to three groups of MD Anderson faculty members: those with a clinical (health care focus), those with a clinical and research focus (physician-scientists), and those with a scientific focus (scientists).
A distinguished panel of experts selected the winners based on their early career accomplishments and their innovative cancer research plans. In addition to the honor, each recipient receives $100,000 to fund their research over the next one to two years.
The following is a list of all of the 2014 R. Lee Clark Fellows:
Clinical Innovator Winners
Courtney DiNardo, M.D., assistant professor, Leukemia
Steven Lin, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Radiation Oncology
Simrit Parmar, M.D., assistant professor, Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy
Kathleen Schmeler, M.D., associate professor, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine
Jason Westin, M.D., assistant professor, Lymphoma and Myeloma
Physician Scientist Winners
Lauren Byers, M.D., assistant professor, Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology
Don Gibbons, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology
Elizabeth Mittendorf, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, Surgical Oncology
Samuel Shelburne, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, Infectious Diseases
Jichao Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor, Pulmonary Medicine
Francesca Cole, Ph.D., assistant professor, Molecular Carcinogenesis
Michael Galko, Ph.D., associate professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Han Liang, Ph.D., assistant professor, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Hui-Kuan Lin, Ph.D., associate professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncology
Li Ma, Ph.D., assistant professor, Experimental Radiation Oncology
Xiaobing Shi, Ph.D., assistant professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
"All of us at MD Anderson would like to congratulate and thank these outstanding individuals for their hard work and dedication to our mission to end the suffering and human loss caused by cancer," said Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D., MD Anderson Provost and Executive Vice President.