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Clinical Oncology Society Honors Sandler

Howard Sandler, MD

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has named Howard Sandler, MD, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO). ASCO awarded Sandler with this prestigious distinction because of his long-standing commitment to the society and his contributions to its success through his leadership as a volunteer.

During the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago on June 3, the society conferred the FASCO status on Sandler for his extraordinary dedication to volunteer efforts that benefit ASCO and its philanthropic affiliate (the Conquer Cancer Foundation), oncology and the patients ASCO serves. Formerly called the ASCO Statesman Award, which launched in 2007, the distinction honors ASCO's most active volunteer members and encourages more members to become involved in volunteer activities.

"It's an honor to be recognized as a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology," Sandler said. The cancer institute is multidisciplinary, "and having a radiation oncologist achieve fellowship in what is mostly a medical oncology organization highlights the multidisciplinary approach at Cedars-Sinai and at ASCO."

ASCO members are eligible to become a fellow if they have accumulated 20 or more points for volunteer service to ASCO. Eligibility is limited to active members of the society.

"I've worked with ASCO for a number of years and have found the staff to be dedicated to cancer research, cancer patients and extraordinarily competent," Sandler said. "I'm particularly honored to be joining a very small group of highly accomplished radiation oncology colleagues who are ASCO fellows."

To learn more about the award designation, visit the ASCO website.