At the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 20th Annual Conference held last month in Hollywood, Florida, NCCN honored Joseph V. Simone, MD, FASCO, and John (Jack) A. Gentile, Jr, with the NCCN Board of Producers Award.
Dr. Simone is President of Simone Consulting Company, which advises organizations on cancer program organization, quality, and development. Dr. Simone is Clinical Director Emeritus of Huntsman Cancer Institute and Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Medicine at University of Utah School of Medicine.
Mr. Gentile is Chairman of Harborside Press, in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Harborside Press publishes the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (JNCCN), The ASCO Post, and the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology (JADPRO).
The award is presented to individuals who have made major contributions to NCCN over the past years. Recipients are unsung heroes who have provided exemplary service in helping NCCN achieve its mission through their passion to improve the care of people with cancer.
Dr. Simone was the first Chair of the Board of Directors of NCCN and was instrumental in its founding. Mr. Gentile played a key role in the early days of NCCN, particularly in helping to facilitate NCCN’s first annual conference in 1996. Mr. Gentile currently publishes JNCCN and serves as Secretary of the NCCN Foundation Board of Directors.
The NCCN Board of Producers Award has been presented for the past 10 years. Past recipients have also included Robert C. Young, MD, President of RCY Medicine and former Chancellor, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia; David C. Hohn, MD, President Emeritus and Executive Director of Health Policy at Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Terry S. Langbaum, MAS, Chief Administrative Officer of The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; and Mara G. Bloom, JD, MS, Executive Director of Administration at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.
Watch for continued coverage of the NCCN 20th Annual Conference in upcoming issues of The ASCO Post. ■