Commission on Cancer announces 2021 Research Paper Competition winners


Michael Poulson, MD, MPH
Michael Poulson, MD, MPH
Sarah Kaslow, MD
Sarah Kaslow, MD

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) earlier this week announced the winners of its annual Cancer Research Paper Competition.

In the Clinical Research category, Sarah Kaslow, MD, a surgery resident at New York University Langone, New York City, received first place for her paper “Patient- and hospital-level determinants of guideline-adherent care have a significant impact on overall survival for patients with gastric cancer. An analysis of the National Cancer Database.” Michael Poulson, MD, MPH, a surgery resident at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston School of Public Health, MA, received second place for his paper “Segregation, colorectal cancer, and socioeconomic mediators: A structural equation modeling approach.” Daniela Cocco, MD, a research fellow at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Phoenix, AZ, received third place for her paper “Can axillary lymph node dissection be omitted in patients with limited clinically node positive breast cancer?”

David Hanna, MD
David Hanna, MD
Daniela Cocco, MD
Daniela Cocco, MD

In the Basic Science category, David Hanna, MD, a resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, is one of two first-place winners for his paper titled “RSL3 induces ferroptosis via GPX4 inhibition in papillary thyroid cancer?” The other first-place winner is University of Iowa, Iowa City, surgery resident Garett Steers, MD, for his paper “Epigenetic changes in pancreatic cancer with pharmacologic ascorbate.”

The three first-place winners each received a $1,000 honorarium plus an invitation to present their research at the fall CoC meetings and record and post their presentations on the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs website. In addition, they are eligible for publication in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS).

Garett Steers, MD
Garett Steers, MD

Second- and third-place winners each received a $500 cash award and an invitation to record and post their presentations on the ACS Cancer Programs website. They also are eligible for publication in JACS.

The annual Cancer Research Paper competition is a collaborative activity of the CoC and the American Cancer Society and is open to all residents and fellows-in-training. Abstract topics must be specific to oncology and related to the CoC’s mission to improve the survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Judging is based on originality, scientific merit and clinical relevance to oncology and the mission of the CoC. This year, 32 papers were submitted for consideration.

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