“Cheers to the New Year” 2018

Published: January 18th, 2018

Category: Homepage Feature


On Jan. 10, UF Health Cancer Center faculty and staff gathered in the UF Cancer and Genetics Research Complex atrium to to celebrate our myriad achievements in 2017 and to toast to the opportunities and doubtless numerous successes of the coming year. There was also a brief awards presentation to highlight a few recent exemplary accomplishments; see below for a complete list.

In the last year, the UF Health Cancer Center made numerous advancements in its leadership, programs and partnerships while expanding faculty recruitment, collaborative research, as well as our basic and clinical research space. The Cancer Center is gaining significant momentum toward its goal of achieving National Cancer Institute designation, a prestigious award that will take our pioneering research and innovative patient care to the next level. This is all made possible by UFHCC members and family — the UF and UF Health faculty, students, health professionals and administrators dedicated to preventing, detecting and curing cancer.


UFHCC Awards & Recognitions (2017)

Outreach Award
Description: Acknowledges the outstanding effort of a person or team of people in providing outreach and connection to our local community in order to advance cancer care in our catchment area.
Winner: UF Health Oncology Nurse Navigator Team

Raising the Bar Award
: Acknowledges an individual who is instrumental in helping to establish and maintain the exceptional regional and national reputation of our Cancer Center.
Winner: Marcia Hodge, for demonstration of success in programmatically raising our cancer programs national reputation

Trend-Setter Disease-Site Group Award
: Acknowledges the DSG that demonstrated the most improvement in clinical trial enrollments in the past year.
Winner: The Pediatrics Disease Site Group for most improved DSG in terms of trial enrollment trend between FY16 and FY17
DSG Leaders:
Clinical Leader: Dr. Bill Slayton
Research Leader: Dr. Sridharan Gururangan

High-Roller Award
: Acknowledges the top enrolling physician to an interventional clinical trial in 2017.
Winner: Dr. Jack Hsu
Honorable Mentions: Dr. Jason Starr and Dr. Ashley Ghiaseddin

High-Writer Award
: Acknowledges the principal investigator of the investigator-initiated clinical trial with the most patient accruals in 2017.
Winner: Dr. Chris Cogle
Honorable Mention: Dr. Maryam Rahman

2017 UFHCC Physician of the Year
: This award acknowledges a recipient who exemplifies the finest qualities of a cancer care physician. This physician has demonstrated commitment to quality multidisciplinary oncology care, extraordinary clinical skills and expertise, and serves as a role model for fellows, residents, and students. 
Winner: Dr. Steven Hughes