Nearly 100 physicians, patients and friends will gather on Thursday, September 16, at the Hillman Cancer Center
to honor Robert E. Schoen, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, as he receives the Sadie Gerson Distinguished Scholar Award, established by Sandy Gerson Snyder.
Dr. Schoen, a leader in the field of early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer, will give an update on his research exploring a vaccine to prevent development of colorectal cancer. In addition to Dr. Schoen’s talk, brief overviews will be given by the following world-renowned physician-researchers:
- Highlights of the PLCO Cancer Screening Trial – Joel Weissfeld, M.D., M.P.H., co-leader of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s (UPCI) Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Program
- Black Raspberries and Colorectal Cancer – Gary Stoner, Ph.D., professor, division of hematology/oncology at The Ohio State University
- Encouraging Colorectal Cancer Screening – Bruce Ling, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
- Molecular Staging in Colorectal Cancer – Scott Waldman, M.D., M.P.H., professor of pharmacology, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College
- Regional Chemotherapy for Advanced Disease – David Bartlett, M.D., chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
The Sadie Gerson Distinguished Scholar Award was established in December 2009, by Sandy Gerson Snyder in memory of her mother, Sadie Gerson, who passed away from colon cancer at the age of 51. The award supports educational programs for faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as well as the community at large, with the goal of broadening horizons and pushing the boundaries of knowledge as scientists, physicians and patients work together in the fight against colorectal cancer.
“I am incredibly honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Schoen. “It is the support, compassion and commitment of people like Sandy Gerson Snyder that help us improve our understanding and our ability to eliminate important public health problems like colorectal cancer.”