UW Cancer Researchers Honored

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Dr. MehtaMADISON – Two UW cancer researchers, Minesh Mehta, MD, and T. Rock Mackie, PhD, are among a select few to receive this year’s Ladies’ Home Journal Health Breakthrough Award.
The honor is designed to recognize medical professionals who have transformed their area of health in a way that dramatically benefits women and families.
Mackie, Mehta and seven other doctors and researchers will also be featured in the September issue of the magazine, on sale August 14.
Mehta, program leader of Radiation and Imaging Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center (UWCCC) and professor of human oncology at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and Mackie, a UWCCC researcher and professor of medical physics and human oncology at the medical school, are being honored for their work in developing tomotherapy, a radiation therapy technology which allows doctors to more accurately define the shape of a malignant tumor and then direct a carefully calibrated dose of radiation at it.
This newfound precision minimizes damage to healthy tissue and helps patients avoid many side effects. This targeting also means doctors can safely deliver more radiation per dose and potentially shorten treatment times.
"Tomotherapy is a wonderful example of the incredible impact of basic science research and technology in saving lives and improving the health of the public," says Robert Golden, MD, dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, commenting on the honor.
"Drs. Mackie and Mehta have developed a technology which is rapidly becoming the standard for effective radiation therapy,” added UWCCC director George Wilding, MD. “Tomotherapy has already benefited cancer patients throughout the world."
The Ladies’ Home Journal team combed the country for Health Breakthrough Award nominees by reaching out to medical schools and organizations, teaching hospitals, foundations and government agencies, and poring through newspapers and medical journals. Mehta and Mackie were chosen out of a list of nearly 100 accomplished professionals.
“These medical professionals are among the most dynamic thinkers in the country, and their innovations directly save lives and improve care for millions of American families,” says editor-in-chief Diane Salvatore. “I am thrilled to be able to showcase them in this compelling, must-read report, and to celebrate them at our lunch.”
Ladies’ Home Journal’s 2007 Health Breakthrough Award recipients also include:
  • Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Constance D. Lehman, professor and director of Breast Imaging at University of Washington School of Medicine and director of radiology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Dr. Mark S. Smith, chairman of Emergency Medicine at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital; and Dr. Craig F. Feied, director of the Institute for Medical Informatics at Washington Hospital Center
  • Dr. Todd A. Kuiken, director of the Amputee Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Dr. Barbara Goff, professor and director of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Washington and a gynecologic oncologist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Dr. Ethel S. Siris, the director of the Toni Stabile Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis and the Madeline C. Stabile Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and president of the National Osteoporosis Foundation
The Health Breakthrough Awards reflect Ladies’ Home Journal’s long history of health-advocacy journalism dating back more than a century. The magazine helped to spur the formation of the Food and Drug Administration, put an end to bogus medications and break the taboo of silence about sexually transmitted diseases.

Date Published: 01/09/2008

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