LOS ANGELES--The American Society for Therapeutic Radiation and
Oncology (ASTRO) honored two of its members at its 38th annual
meeting, and welcomed two renowned physicians into the society
as honorary members.
Receiving the ASTRO Gold Medal, the Society's highest honor, were
Zvi Y. Fuks, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and Robert J. Shalek,
PhD, professor emeritus, M.D. Anderson.
Dr. Fuks was honored for his work as chair of the Department of
Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. In the 1980s,
he assembled a talented team and equipped the department with
the technological capability to perform sophisticated treatment
programs, realized first in the development of conformal therapy
for prostate cancer.
Dr. Shalek was awarded the Gold Medal for his key role in some
of the early developments in radiation oncology, including the
application of computer calculations for brachytherapy. He was
also hailed as an educator, in particular, for his 27 years teaching
Introduction to Radiotherapy Physics at M.D. Anderson.
Honorary ASTRO membership was conferred on William C. Wood, MD,
Joseph Brown Whitehead Professor of Surgery, Emory University
School of Medicine. Dr. Wood, one of the first US surgeons to
offer breast-conserving surgery, was a panel member on the NIH
consensus conference on adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer
in 1985 and chaired the 1990 NIH consensus development conference
on early breast cancer.
In his acceptance, Dr. Wood said that surgeons and radiation oncologists
"share a common understanding of solid tumors," namely,
that unless local control is achieved, "it is exquisitely
unlikely that the patient will be cured." This goal, he said,
is best obtained by "combining the strengths and avoiding
the weaknesses of our two modalities."
David Bragg, MD, of the University of Utah, the second recipient
of an honorary membership, was introduced as an "imager par
excellence." He has served on the National Cancer Advisory
Board, and in 1995 became the first RSNA Roentgen Centennial Fellow.
He is also acting director for the NCI's Diagnostic Radiology