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For Immediate Release June 27, 2017

University of Maryland Scientist to Receive Gold Medal at Annual Meeting in September

June 27, 2017 – The American Association for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has awarded Søren M. Bentzen, DSc, PhD, professor and director of the Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a Gold Medal – its highest honor.

Dr. Bentzen holds a secondary faculty appointment as a professor of radiation oncology and is a member of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. He will be honored at an awards ceremony during ASTRO’s 59th Annual Meeting in San Diego September 24–27, 2017. 

ASTRO awards its annual Gold Medal to individuals who have made outstanding lifetime contributions in the field of radiation oncology, including achievements in clinical patient care, research, teaching and service to the profession. In the award’s 41st consecutive year, the new awardees join an exclusive class of 81 Gold Medalists selected over the decades from the Society’s more than 10,000 members. 

Also being honored are Louis B. Harrison, MD, FASTRO, of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., and Michael L. Steinberg, MD, FASTRO, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, Calif.

“It is a privilege to bestow the ASTRO Gold Medal upon these three great men, who have all contributed to the specialty in a myriad of ways,” said ASTRO Board of Directors Chair David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO. “Honoring these colleagues is a highlight of my role as Board Chair, made even more so by the fact that they are selected for this highest accolade by their peers.” 

Click here to read more about the awards and Dr. Bentzen’s accomplishments.