he American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) will award three physicians and scientists its highest honor—the ASTRO Gold Medal—during the ASTRO Annual Meeting held Sept. 22 to 25 in Atlanta.
The Gold Medal, which only 72 of ASTRO’s 10,000 members have ever received, will go to Amato J. Giaccia, Radhe Mohan and Dr. Prabhakar Tripuraneni.
The award is given each year to those who have made outstanding contributions in the field of radiation oncology, biology and physics.
“Individually, they have influenced the direction of radiation oncology research and directly affected the growth of ASTRO and the specialty overall,” says ASTRO chairman Michael L. Steinberg, in a statement.
Giaccia is a radiation biologist whose research has focused on the role of tumor microenvironment in tumor progression and metastasis. He is associate chair of the radiation oncology department and director of the radiation and cancer biology division at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Mohan is a medical physicist who has been a major influence in several areas of radiation oncology. He is a professor and chair of cancer research at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Dr. Tripuraneni is a radiation oncologist who has focused on the clinical aspects of vascular brachytherapy. He has held leadership roles on ASTRO’s board of directors, including a term as its president from 2004 to 2005, and its committees. Tripuraneni is head of radiation oncology at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.