ASCO will honor Patricia A. Ganz, MD, an accomplished medical oncologist and renowned advocate for improving the quality of cancer care from prevention through survivorship, with its first annual Joseph V. Simone Award and Lecture for Excellence in Quality and Safety in the Care of Patients With Cancer. Dr. Ganz will accept her award and present the keynote lecture, “Improving the Quality and Value of Cancer Care: A Work in Progress,” at the 2016 Quality Care Symposium on February 26, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona.
“One of the most important aspects of oncology is ensuring patients have the best quality of life possible,” said Dr. Ganz, Professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and David Geffen School of Medicine and Director of Cancer Prevention and Control Research at the Jonsson ComprehensiveCancer Center. “To me, this award not only celebrates the incredible advances we’ve achieved in this area to date, but also underscores our responsibility to continuously explore new ways to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care and to measure treatment outcomes so that we are prepared to effectively meet the needs of the steadily growing number of cancer survivors in years to come. I am truly grateful to be recognized as its first recipient.”
The First Annual Joseph V. Simone Award
The new Joseph V. Simone Award was established to recognize an extraordinary individual each year, beginning in 2016, who has made multiple, significant, and enduring contributions to the quality and safety of cancer care. The award pays tribute to its namesake, Joseph V. Simone, MD, a visionary leader who contributed to the development of curative treatments for childhood leukemia and lymphoma and was instrumental in the creation of ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative, among other career accomplishments.
“Dr. Ganz has long been called a pioneer in assessing and improving quality of life for people with cancer, and her countless and sustained contributions to the field of oncology only continue to solidify her in that role,” said Joseph Jacobson, MD, Chief Quality Officer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Chair of the 2016 Quality Care Symposium Planning Committee.
Much of Dr. Ganz’s clinical and research efforts throughout her career have focused on breast cancer and its prevention. At the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, she currently leads the research program focused on patients and survivors. ■