Distinguished Career Award
The Distinguished Career Award is presented annually by ASPHO to a senior physician or other professional who during his or her career has had a major impact on the subspecialty through some combination of research, education, patient care, and advocacy. The award is presented annually at the ASPHO Conference.
2018 Distinguished Career Award Winner
ASPHO is pleased to honor Michael P. Link, MD, with the 2018 Distinguished Career Award. Dr. Link’s hospital and academic appointments currently include the Lydia J. Lee Professor in Pediatric Cancer at Stanford University School of Medicine, and as a hematologist/oncologist at Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Previously, Dr. Link led the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine and was Director of the Bass Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, CA.
Dr. Link received his A.B. from Columbia College and medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. He was a Clinical Fellow and Research Fellow at Harvard University, completed Fellowships in Immunology and Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and was a Fellow in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Known for his clinical/translational research contributions, which cover the entirety of pediatric oncology, Dr. Link’s work has led to important advances in the management of Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphomas, osteosarcoma and other bone and soft tissue sarcomas in children. A consummate clinician, teacher and clinical researcher who has had a profound effect on how pediatric cancer is treated, Dr. Link has also been a major influence on generations of young physicians.
He has been a national leader in pediatric cancer organizations, including being the first, and to date, only, pediatrician to serve as President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). From this visible platform, Dr. Link advocated for the need to correct critical shortages of oncology drugs for patients, translate models of pediatric cancer care to adults, provide universal cancer care without health care barriers and address the global burden of cancer.
Dr. Link will be presented with the Distinguished Career Award at the 2018 ASPHO Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, on Friday, May 4, at 6-7 pm, with a reception immediately following.
The Distinguished Career Award is presented annually by the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology to a senior physician who during his or her career has had a major impact on the subspecialty, through some combination of research, education, patient care and advocacy. Although award recipients do not necessarily need to be pediatric hematology/oncology specialists, the individual should be willing to personally accept the award during a ceremony at the ASPHO Conference.
Nomination and Selection Process:
ASPHO members are encouraged to nominate candidates. Nominations must include a letter of nomination summarizing the candidate’s qualifications and accomplishments, as well as a current CV. Nominations are compiled and submitted to the Awards Committee, which provides recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
Recognition of the Distinguished Career Award Recipient and Reimbursement:
The awardee receives complimentary registration, travel and hotel, including for a spouse, and incidental expenses are reimbursed. An award plaque is provided and a reception hosted by ASPHO takes place following the award’s presentation. The awardee will be allowed up to 10 minutes to acknowledge the award and make reflective remarks.
2017 Holcombe E. Grier, MD, Boston, MA
2016 David Poplack, MD, Houston, TX
2015 Winfred C. Wang, MD, Memphis, TN
2014 Beverly Jane Lange, MD, Philadelphia, PA
2013 Gregory H. Reaman, MD, Washington, DC
2012 Victor Blanchette, MB Bchir (Cantab) FRCP (C) FRCP, Toronto, ON, Canada
2011 William G. Woods, MD Atlanta, GA
2010 Sam Lux IV, MD, Boston, MA
2009 Sharon Murphy, MD, Washington, DC
2008 Laurence Boxer, MD, Ann Arbor, MI
2007 George R. Buchanan, MD, Dallas, TX
2006 W. Archie Bleyer, MD, Bend, OR
2005 J. Bruce Beckwith, MD, Missoula, MT
2004 Anna Meadows, MD, Philadelphia, PA
2003 William Krivit, MD PhD, Minneapolis, MN
2002 Jeanne M. Lusher, MD, Detroit, MI
2001 Beatrice Lampkin, MD, Cincinnati, OH
2000 Elias Schwartz, MD, Wilmington, DE
1999 Alfred G. Knudson, Jr., MD PhD, Philadelphia, PA
1998 William (Bill) Hathaway, MD, Denver, CO
1997 Mark E. Nesbit Jr., MD, Madison, WI
1996 Howard A. Pearson, MD, New Haven, CT
1995 Audrey E. Evans, MD, Philadelphia, PA
1994 Teresa J. Vietti, MD, St. Louis, MO
1993 Frank A. Oski, MD, Baltimore, MD
1992 G. Denman Hammond, MD, Arcadia, CA
1991 David G. Nathan, MD, Boston, MA
1990 Mila Pierce Rhoads, MD
1989 Louis K. Diamond MD
1988 Giullo D'Anglo, MD