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Congratulations to Charis Eng on receiving the American Cancer Society's Medal of Honor

19 Oct 2018

Our congratulations go to Charis Eng, M.D., Ph.D. on receiving the prestigious American Cancer Society's Medal of Honor award. 

Dr Eng is the chair of Cleveland Clinic's Genomic Medicine Institute and Editor-in-Chief of Society journal, Endocrine-Related Cancer. She has been recognised as an international physician-scientist in the cancer genetics field, and is among five honourees that received the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on October 18.

The ACS Medal of Honor is presented to individuals who have made outstanding and valuable contributions in the field of cancer. This year's other recipients are The Honorable Joseph R. Biden Jr., Emmanuelle Charpentier, Ph.D., Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D., and Michael J. Thun, M.D. Past honorees include U.S. President and First Lady George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush; U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy; George Papanicolau, M.D., inventor of the Pap test; Judah Folkman, M.D., a leading researcher in the field of antiangiogenesis; and Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D.

"Our Medal of Honor recipients embody what the American Cancer Society is all about," said Gary M. Reedy, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. "We bestow this highest honor on these individuals for their significant contributions to the advancement and impact of our collective efforts to save more lives from cancer."

"Charis is a true pioneer in cancer genomics, especially integrating the study of genetics into clinical care," said Serpil Erzurum, M.D., chair of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute. "As a physician-scientist for over 20 years, she has dedicated her career to patient-oriented research in genetics and genomic medicine. She also has an unparalleled passion for mentoring the next generation of physician-scientists, Ph.D.'s, clinical researchers and healthcare leaders."