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Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) Blog provides updates, organizational announcements, the latest in funding opportunities and information on upcoming conferences and symposiums. This blog also highlights inspiring patient stories and the accomplishments and achievements of DCI faculty and staff. Subscribers are invited to submit story ideas and other news of interest. Email submissions and feedback to Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, Duke Cancer Institute.

Patierno Named To Receive 2019 AACR Cancer Health Disparities Award

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has announced Steven R. Patierno, PhD, as the recipient of the 2019 AACR Distinguished Lectureship on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities. Patierno will present his award lecture in San Francisco on Sept. 20 at the 12th AACR Conference on The...

Get Ready To Shine, Superstar!

As Duke Cancer Institute approaches its ninth anniversary, DCI leadership is preparing to present DCI Superstar awards in person at cancer centers in Durham and Wake County. "Last year's in-person visits proved to be a great success," said Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, executive director, Duke Cancer...

Personal Cancer Experience Drives Nurse’s Passion For Care

For her cancer patients, Valarie Worthy, MSN, RN, is a light in the dark. As a patient navigator for the Duke Cancer Center, Worthy helps patients with transportation, housing, childcare, therapy or spiritual support services while they’re undergoing cancer care. Her passion for helping patients...

Fayanju Awarded ACS/ASBrS Health Policy And Management Scholarship

The American College of Surgeons and American Society of Breast Surgeons has awarded Duke Cancer Institute breast surgeon Oluwadamilola "Lola" Fayanju, MD, MA, MPHS, this year's Health Policy and Management Scholarship. The annual scholarship supports the recipient’s attendance and participation in...

Hanks Receives ASCI Young Physician-Scientist Award

Duke Cancer Institute medical oncologist Brent Hanks, MD, PhD , has been recognized with an ASCI 2019 Young Physician-Scientist Award by the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Hanks is one of 35 “outstanding physician-scientists” being recognized by ASCI nationally and one of two at Duke...

DCI Virologist Pursues EBV Pathways To Cancer

Cancer Institute virologist Micah A. Luftig, PhD, was recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and was recognized for his contributions to biological science in the field of viral oncology at the AAAS meeting on February 16.

Poillucci Named To TBJ List Of Top 20 Health Care Heroes

Victoria M. Poillucci, MSN, Med, ACNP-BC, APP team lead for Wake County oncology, has been named a 2019 Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) Health Care Hero. “Working with cancer patients is a privilege that I am proud of every day,” shared Poillucci, who is also the recipient of a 2018 Duke Friends of...

Bowman To Receive Excellence In Cancer Nursing Education Award

Pamela Bowman, MSN, RN, OCN, Unit 9300, was recently named to receive the 2019 Mary Nowotny Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education Award from the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). “Receiving this national award is a great honor for me,” shared Bowman, who joined the 9300 Inpatient Unit 13 years ago,...

FON Announces 2018 Nursing Excellence Award Winners

Since 1998, the DUHS Friends of Nursing (FON) Program has championed the careers and professional development of more than 1,000 Duke University Health System nurses. Each year Friends of Nursing hosts an annual gala in which “extraordinary” nurses from throughout the health system are recognized...

After 50 Years Of Nursing, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Life Goes On

Laura Houchin, MSN, RN, who retires later this month after 48 years of nursing, has worked many “a hard-day’s night.” If there’s one thing she won’t miss, it’s her alarm clock. But leaving is bittersweet. Few know better than Houchin how to pilot the many challenges new nurses encounter after...

Diehl Receives National Award For Inspiring Students 

Anna Mae E. Diehl, MD, the Florence McAllister Professor of Medicine and professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, was recently named to receive the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, a national award given annually by the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust. The award is given to current...

LeBlanc Receives International Clinical Impact Award

Thomas LeBlanc, MD , a practicing hematologic oncologist and palliative care physician at Duke Cancer Institute, recently received the 2018 European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) Clinical Impact Award. The European Association for Palliative Care is a membership organization dedicated to...

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