MSKCC Neurosurgeon Selected as 2009 Honorary ASTRO Member

Monday, July 27, 2009

MSKCC Neurosurgeon Selected as 2009 Honorary ASTRO Member
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The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology Oncology (ASTRO) has selected Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center neurosurgeon Philip Gutin, MD, as its Honorary Member for 2009. Dr. Gutin will be honored at the Awards Ceremony in November 2009, during ASTRO’s 51st Annual Meeting in Chicago.

A world-renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Gutin has devoted his career to the scientific and clinical investigations of the treatment of brain tumors, and is perhaps best known for his pioneering work on the use of interstitial brachytherapy for the treatment of malignant brain tumors and his investigations into the effects of such intense local radiation treatments on the brain. His research interests also include radiation biology and the use of drugs to block the formation of blood vessels within brain tumors to stop their growth.

Dr. Gutin is currently the Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Fred Lebow Chair in Neuro-Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering, as well as a professor of neurological surgery at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College. He previously held leadership positions at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center.

ASTRO Honorary Membership is the highest honor ASTRO bestows on cancer researchers and leaders in disciplines outside of radiation oncology, radiation physics, or radiobiology. The mission of ASTRO, founded in 1958, is to advance the practice of radiation oncology by promoting excellence in patient care, providing opportunities for educational and professional development, promoting research, and disseminating research results and representing radiation oncology in a rapidly evolving healthcare environment.