UMGCCC Physician Researcher Earns 2016 Margaret Hay Edwards Achievement Medal for Contributions to the Field of Cancer Education
September 21, 2016 – Douglas Ross, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and assistant director of education at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC), is the 2016 recipient of the Margaret Hay Edwards Achievement Medal, chosen from among a list of very impressive candidates. The award was presented last week at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Education. This honor was established 30 years ago in honor of Dr. Margaret Hay Edwards of the National Cancer Institute, who helped establish peer-reviewed grants to further cancer education.
During Dr. Ross’s 30-plus-year career at the University of Maryland, he has been a key part of UMGCCC’s Experimental Therapeutics program, serving as its leader for 14 years until 2011 while dramatically growing the program’s funding, and being a major contributor to the cancer center’s successful P30 application in 2008. His laboratory work has led to the discovery of the breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) that endows some cancer cells with multidrug resistance, a seminal discovery that has subsequently factored in the work of countless scientists.
Dr. Ross’s contributions to the field of cancer education are substantial; supported by a 19-year NCI R25E grant, he was instrumental in establishing curricula in palliative medicine at the UM School of Medicine, making the University of Maryland one of the first medical schools in the nation to require palliative and end-of-life-care as a graduation requirement. For many years, Dr. Ross was part of the senior leadership of the American Association for Cancer Education, including serving as the group’s president in 2004-2005.
Dr. Ross is Associate Editor of the Journal of Cancer Education and continues to teach palliative care at UM SOM. He is a medical oncologist at UMGCCC who treats patients with leukemia and solid tumors. For more information about his contributions to cancer education and basic research, see Dr. Ross’s faculty profile at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.