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Duke Cancer Researchers Honored at American Cancer Society Event
Fourteen researchers at Duke—including Andrew Berchuck, MD, shown above in the video—were honored by the American Cancer Society (ACS) for their work in cancer research during the American Cancer Society's Researchers' Breakfast in August in Chapel Hill, NC.
H. Kim Lyerly, MD, director of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, served as honorary co-host of the event along with Shelley Earp, MD, director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Frank Torti, MD, director of the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center. Otis Brawley, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society, was the keynote speaker.
The special guest speaker was Berchuck, director of the Duke University Division of Gynecologic Oncology and co-director of the Breast/Ovarian Cancer Research Program in the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. Berchuck holds the American Cancer Society's Barbara Thomason Ovarian Cancer Professorship. He was the first recipient of the professorship, which provides support of Berchuck's research on the genetic makeup of ovarian cancer. The professorship was created to support an outstanding researcher who is contributing to the knowledge and understanding of ovarian cancer, with the intention that it will subsequently benefit women with improved treatment or prevention of this disease. Berchuck spoke about his research, which includes studying heredity as it relates to ovarian cancer, especially in those women who carry one of two mutated genes. In 2001, Berchuck was named the F. Bayard Carter Distinguished Professor of Gynecologic Oncology at Duke. He has also served as president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.