May/June Newsmakers

Media & Trades

Juneteenth marks a celebration of life and liberty for residents of Warsaw (Duplin Times)
Features Angelo Moore, PhD, RN

Identifying Interstitial Lung Disease (Cure)
Features Kelly Westbrook, MD

GenesisCare Appoints Two New U.S Chief Medical Officers (Press Release)
Features Bridget Koontz, MD

Duke University Health System EVP to step down (Becker’s Hospital Review)
Features William Fulkerson, MD

How a 10 cent wrist band is making NC firefighters more aware of their cancer risk (News 9/ABC)
Features Heather Stapleton, PhD

Cary high school student starts breast cancer nonprofit (ABC 11 WTVD)
Features Leslie Love, Duke Cancer Center

Nearly S$10 million (Singapore currency) awarded to research on deadly brain cancer (SINGHEALTH Press Release)
Features Duke- NUS Medical School

Descriptive Study to Explore Nurse-Patient Videoconferencing Relationships in Oncology Ambulatory Care
(Oncology Nursing News)
Features Paula Koppel MS, RN, GNP-BC, AHN-BC, NBC-HWC and Jennie De Gagne, PhD, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE

RECOVERY trial named David Sackett Trial of the Year 2020 (
Features Susan Halabi, PhD

COVID-19 Has Diverse Effects on Cancer Care (OncLive)
Features Daniel George, MD

Unexpected Race-Based Findings in Novel Prostate Cancer Study (Medpage Today)
Features Daniel George, MD

Model finds stool tests key to lowering CRC screening age (Clinical Oncology Today)
Features Deborah Fisher, MD

Screening Prostate Cancer with Blood and Urine Tests (Urology Times)
Features Judd Moul, MD

COVID-19: Telehealth and Compliance in Prostate Cancer (Urology Times)
Features Judd Moul, MD

Oncology Peer Review On-The-Go: Primary Focal Therapy for Localized Prostate Cancer (Cancer Network/journal Oncology)
Features Thomas Polascik, MD

COVID-19 Oncology Accommodations May Be Here to Stay (AJMC)
Features Daniel George, MD

Propylene Glycol–Free Melphalan Passes Safety Test (Specialty Pharmacy)
Features Ko Maung, MD

Risk-adapted therapies reduce long-term toxicity in pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma (Healio/HemOnc Today)
Features Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD

ASCO 2021

Perioperative Chemo Enough in Esophageal Cancer?
— MAGIC/FLOT regimens yielded similar overall survival to multimodal CROSS regimen
(MedPage Today)
Features Manisha Palta, MD

Real-World Treatment Patterns for Metastatic Castration-Sensitive Prostate Cancer (Journal of Clinical Pathways)
Features Daniel J. George, MD, FASCO

Palliative Care Improves Coping in Patients with A Certain Type of Leukemia (CURE)
Features Thomas LeBlanc, MD, MA, FASCO

Integrated Palliative Care Improves Symptoms, Coping in Patients Hospitalized for Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment (Oncology Nurse Advisor)
Features Thomas LeBlanc, MD, MA, FASCO

Cisplatin and Gemcitabine With or Without Berzosertib in Patients with Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma (Uro Today)
Features Tian Zhang, MD, MA


Sentinel Node Biopsy Helps Reduce Risk of Lymphedema (Clinical Practice Today)
Features Paula Lee, MD, and Andrew Berchuck, MD

The $600 Medical Device That Could Help Doctors Detect Throat Cancer (Duke Global Health Institute)
Features Walter Lee, MD

Tina Tailor, M.D., and Kyle Lafata, Ph.D., Receive the 2021 Charles E. Putman, M.D. Vision Award (Duke Radiology)

Incoming Duke Radiation Oncology resident Scarlett Acklin-Wehnert, MD, received a 2021 ASTRO Basic/Translational Science Abstract Award in the Radiation & Cancer Biology category (Duke Radiation Oncology)

$100 Million to Advance Duke Science and Technology Research (Duke Today)

Sun Safety: How to Protect Your Skin This Summer (Duke Today)
Meenal Kheterpal, MD

Working in a New Normal: Guidance Through Challenging Times (Duke Today/Working @ Duke)
Valarie Worthy, MSN, RN

Johnson and Huffman receive first annual Neil L. Spector Art of Medicine Awards (Duke Department of Medicine)
Features Kimberly Johnson, MD, MHS

X-ray Scanner Spots Cancers and Analyzes Drugs in Minutes (Pratt School of Engineering)
Features Shannon McCall, MD

Fang-Fang Yin, PhD, Named Gustavo S. Montana Professor of Radiation Oncology (Duke Department of Radiation Oncology)
Features Fang-Fang Yin, PhD

Thomas D’Amico appointed to the AATS Board of Directors in recognition of his dedication and service to AATS (Duke Department of Surgery)

Rauch Foundation makes historic gift for financial aid (Duke University School of Medicine)

Duke Children’s Hospital Maintains No. 1 Ranking in North Carolina (Duke Health News)



A quality improvement initiative to reduce venous thromboembolism on a gynecologic oncology service Gynecol Oncol July 2021 Rafael Gonzalez, Kelli Kurtovic, Ashraf S Habib, Emma S Ryan, Jonathan Foote, Dipali Pandya, Gloria Broadwater, Laura J Havrilesky

The implications of IDH mutations for cancer development and therapy Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology June 15, 2021 Christopher J. Pirozzi & Hai Yan

CD4 T-cell exhaustion: Does it exist and what are its roles in cancer?  Clinical Cancer Research June 14, 2021 Alexandra M Miggelbrink, Joshua D Jackson, Selena J Lorrey, Ethan S Srinivasan, Jessica Waibl Polania, Daniel S Wilkinson, Peter E Fecci.

Expression of X-Linked Inhibitor of Apoptosis Protein (XIAP) in Breast Cancer Is Associated with Shorter Survival and Resistance to Chemotherapy cancers June 4, 2021 Gayathri R. Devi; Pascal Finetti; Michael A. Morse; Seayoung Lee; Alexandre de Nonneville; Steven Van Laere; Jesse Troy; Joseph Geradts; Shannon McCall; Francois Bertucci.

Ex Vivo MR Histology and Cytometric Feature Mapping Connect Three-dimensional in Vivo MR Images to Two-dimensional Histopathologic Images of Murine Sarcomas Radiology May 21, 2021 Stephanie J. Blocker, James Cook, Yvonne M. Mowery, Jeffrey I. Everitt, Yi Qi, Kathryn J. Hornburg, Gary P. Cofer, Fernando Zapata, Alex M. Bassil, Cristian T. Badea, David G. Kirsch, G. Allan Johnson

Molecular Classification to Prognosticate Response in Medically Managed Endometrial Cancers and Endometrial Intraepithelial Neoplasia cancers May 20, 2021 Allison M. Puechl, Daniel Spinosa, Andrew Berchuck, Angeles Alvarez Secord, Kerry E. Drury, Gloria Broadwater, Janice Wong, Regina Whitaker, Nicolas Devos, David L. Corcoran, Kyle C. Strickland, and Rebecca A. Previs.

Article Award: Yunfeng Cui, PhD, Jiahan Zhang, PhD; and DCI members John Kirkpatrick, MD, PhD, and Fang-Fang Yin, MS, PhD, have been awarded the American Association of Physicists in Medicine George Starkschall Award of Excellence for an Outstanding Radiation Oncology Physics Article: "Retrospective quality metrics review of stereotactic radiosurgery plans treating multiple targets using single‐isocenter volumetric modulated arc therapy," was published in the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics in April 2020.

“Sheroes”: Celebrating Women in Medicine Month During the Time of COVID-19
Academic Medicine May 2021
Senior Author Kathleen A. Cooney, MD

Immunotherapy Combined with SBRT for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer American Society of Radiologic Technologists Journal March 1, 2021. Bria Barnes, BS, RT(R)(T), Elaine Zeman, PhD.