It could be said that exceptional cancer researchers and cancer physicians aren’t born—they’re made through their dedication, perseverance, and compassion. Although they come from varied backgrounds, there is a common thread they all seem to exhibit: a dogged persistence in tackling and solving some of the most complex scientific challenges; working as a member of a team to unlock and harness the knowledge gained by overcoming those challenges; a compassionate drive to improve the quality of life of their patients; and drawing inspiration from mentors who came before them, while training and fostering the next generation of scientists.

The 2nd Annual Giants of Cancer Care™ Awards were presented at a ceremony held on May 30 in Chicago. The event recognized 16 oncology heroes whose groundbreaking contributions to the field have improved the lives of patients with cancer.

OncLive launched the Giants of Cancer Care initiative in 2013. Our inaugural class, which initially recognized the achievements of 12 pioneers in the oncology field, has expanded this year to 16 and includes not only tumor-specific categories, but also categories for education, supportive care, and genetics.

A compilation of the 2014 Inductees that includes their stories, discoveries, and triumphs, will soon be available in a Giants of Cancer Care album. It is our distinct privilege to honor these medical heroes. It is our mission to continue recognizing the leaders in the oncology field for their remarkable achievements in research and clinical practice.
Breast Cancer
Dennis J. Slamon, MD, PhD
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Drug Development
Howard A. Burris III, MD
Sarah Cannon Research Institute
John R. Seffrin, PhD
American Cancer Society
Gastrointestinal Cancer
George D. Demetri, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center
Janet Davison Rowley, MD (deceased 2013)
University of Chicago
Genitourinary Cancer
Philip W. Kantoff, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center
Head & Neck Cancer
Kie Kian Ang, MD, PhD
(deceased 2013)
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Hagop M. Kantarjian, MD
A world leader in leukemia treatment
Lung Cancer
Paul A. Bunn Jr, MD
University of Colorado Cancer Center
Riccardo Dalla-Favera, MD
Columbia University Medical Center
Jedd D. Wolchok, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Kenneth C. Anderson, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center
Edith A. Perez, MD
Mayo Clinic
Prostate Cancer
Patrick C. Walsh, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Scientific Advances
James P. Allison, PhD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Supportive Care
Jimmie C. Holland, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
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