The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation proudly announce the winners of ASCO’s Special Awards, the Society’s highest honors, and Conquer Cancer’s Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards. The recipients of these awards include researchers, patient advocates, and global oncology leaders who have worked to transform cancer care around the world. ASCO will recognize this year’s awardees – which include a world-renowned breast cancer researcher and a senior leader at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – at its Annual Meeting in June.

“These oncology leaders’ remarkable contributions are improving care for people with cancer on a global scale,” said Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO, Immediate Past President of ASCO and Chair of the Special Awards Selection Committee. “We are delighted to honor these inspiring honorees with ASCO’s most prestigious awards for their leadership and exceptional service, and for making a difference in cancer care.”

The 2018 Special Awards Recipients are:

Pediatric Oncology Award and Lecture
First presented in 2002, the Pediatric Oncology Award recognizes the career and achievements of an individual who has contributed outstanding scientific work — laboratory, clinical, or epidemiologic — of major importance to the field of pediatric oncology.

Gregory Reaman, MD, FASCO, is known for his extensive work in the biology and treatment of childhood acute leukemia and new drug development for pediatric cancers. Dr. Reaman is the Associate Director for Oncology Sciences in the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, as well as the Associate Director (Acting) for Pediatric Oncology in the Oncology Center of Excellence at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Reaman has been a long-standing member of the division of hematology-oncology at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, which he directed for more than 17 years prior to becoming the first Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group, and is Executive Director Emeritus of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Dr. Reaman has recently served on a number of NCI ad hoc review committees of the NCTN, NCORP and the ETNCTN. At the FDA Dr. Reaman has consistently sought to maximally use the regulatory authority provided by the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act to expedite evaluation of promising new drugs for children and has participated in the review of recently approved products for neuroblastoma and relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards
First presented in 2016 by Conquer Cancer, the Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards honor extraordinary female leaders in oncology who have both excelled as mentors and demonstrated outstanding commitment to the professional development of women colleagues as clinicians, educators, and researchers in oncology.

International Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award
Rejin Kebudi, MD, is a Professor in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine and the Istanbul University, Oncology Institute. She served on the board of the Istanbul University, Oncology Institute and as the Director of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Division. She is a Past President of the Turkish Pediatric Oncology Group and current Chair of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology Supportive Care Working Group. She has been actively involved in the scientific activities of the Middle East Cancer Consortium. Dr. Kebudi has successfully mentored residents, fellows, and junior faculty over the last 25 years and has ensured that they make progress in their career.