ASCO Honors Staff and Fellows


Many members of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s staff received awards at the 2011 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), held June 3-7 in Chicago.

Mark G. Kris, Chief of the Thoracic Oncology Service, received the first-ever ASCO Humanitarian Award. The award is unique from other awards presented at the Annual Meeting in that nominations were accepted from visitors to, ASCO’s patient-information website. The award recognizes an oncologist who goes above and beyond the call of duty in providing outstanding patient care through innovative means or exceptional service or leadership in the United States or abroad. It is presented to an individual who distinguishes him- or herself through voluntary, uncompensated humanitarian gestures. (Watch a video about Dr. Kris and the ASCO Humanitarian Award.)

Medical oncologist Dean F. Bajorin was one of ASCO’s Statesmen Award winners. The award recognizes ASCO members for their extraordinary volunteer service, dedication, and commitment to ASCO. Each recipient has given more than 20 years of volunteer service.

Also recognized this year were Memorial Sloan Kettering medical fellows Jamie Chaft, Elizabeth Comen, Sandra D’Angelo, Ayca Gucalp, Komal Jhaveri, Jason Luke, Paul Paik, and Jae Park; neurology fellow Patrick Morris; radiation oncology fellow William Polkinghorn; and surgery fellow Flavio Rocha, all of whom received ASCO Young Investigator Awards. These awards provide funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality clinical or translational research in oncology and are presented to physicians within the last two years of their final year of subspecialty training. This year’s awardees will each receive a one-year grant of $50,000 to begin his or her investigative studies.