R. Daniel Beauchamp, MD
R. Daniel Beauchamp, MD, Chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences and the John Clinton Foshee Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has been selected to receive the 2016 Dr. Rodman E. and Thomas G. Sheen Award from the New Jersey American College of Surgeons Chapter.
The award was established in 1938 by Thomas Sheen in the memory of his brother, Rodman Sheen, MD, a pioneer in the field of radiology, to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to mankind in medicine and research. The Sheen Award honors a full-time working physician involved in ongoing teaching and medical research.
Dr. Beauchamp, who is also Professor of Cancer Biology and Cell and Developmental Biology, also serves as Deputy Director and Co-Leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. His clinical practice has encompassed surgical oncology, having cared for patients with a broad spectrum of malignancies, including gastrointestinal tract cancers, breast cancer, melanoma, and soft-tissue sarcoma.
For the past 7 years, his clinical practice has focused on the care of patients with breast cancer. In addition to his clinical practice, teaching, and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Beauchamp has a productive research laboratory.
His primary research activities are focused on colorectal carcinogenesis, the biology of cancer-cell invasion, and metastasis, as well as the application of DNA microarray, next-generation sequencing, and proteomic technologies to identify novel molecular biomarkers and therapeutic targets in colorectal cancer and other malignancies. He has co-led one of the main projects in the Gastrointestinal Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) for 12 years, and his laboratory has been the recipient of continual R01 funding by the National Institutes of Health for more than 25 years.
Dr. Beauchamp has served as Associate Editor for the Sabiston Textbook of Surgery since 1998. His numerous awards include election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation; the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine); Fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences; and the American Surgical Association Flance-Karl Award for Scientific Achievement.
“It is a distinct honor to join the group of outstanding physician-scientists who have been selected to receive the prestigious Sheen Award in the past,” said Dr. Beauchamp. “I am extremely grateful to my many colleagues and collaborators here at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for their ongoing support and for the opportunities that have led to this recognition.” ■