The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and its Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) membership group has awarded their Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship Award to Gabriel Hortobagyi, MD. Dr. Hortobagyi is a professor in breast medical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
This lectureship will just be one of many honors already earned by Dr. Hortobyagi throughout his career, which has included serving as past president for The American Society of Clinical Oncology, as well as being an elected member of 15 professional societies and an honorary member of another 17 organizations. He has been a member of the MD Anderson faculty for over 35 years and has assisted in the development of improved multidisciplinary treatments in all stages of breast cancer, including developing combined therapies for tumors that were previously inoperable.
Despite his notable accomplishments in the field of research for breast cancer, he remains humble, saying in a press release:
“I’m humbled by the AACR and their Minorities in Cancer Research colleagues. To be recognized for furthering the advancement of minority investigators in cancer research is truly an honor — all of us share a mutual dedication to breast cancer care and feel that there has never been a more exciting time for the field.”
The AACR-MICR lectureship award was established in 2006 to recognize a successful scientist in the field of cancer research who furthers the advancement of minorities investigators in cancer research, either through leadership or by example.