UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center director Ralph de Vere White has been honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Sacramento Business Journal.
The Health Care Heroes awards were announced in today's issue of the business weekly. De Vere White joins five other UC Davis faculty award recipients: Heather Young, Thomas Balsbaugh, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Garen Wintemute and Thomas Nesbitt. The Health Care Heroes Award honors outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in various health-care categories from Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo counties.
The Journal also gave a lifetime achievement award to Kaiser Permanente breast cancer surgeon Ernie Bodai, one of the creators of the fundraising postage stamp for breast cancer research. Bodai is a graduate of UC Davis School of Medicine and was the school's Humanitarian Award winner in 1999.
De Vere White, a renowned urologist and cancer researcher, has served as director of the cancer center at UC Davis since 1996. In that relatively short time, he has led center's remarkable growth in clinical care and research prominence. De Vere White is noted for creating an environment at UC Davis that fosters innovative collaboration among a range of experts from throughout the university and beyond to take on complex challenges in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancers.
Under his leadership, the cancer center in 2001 was designated by the National Cancer Institute; in 2012 that designation was upgraded to "comprehensive" -- the highest honor in oncology. In addition to directing the cancer center, de Vere White continues a busy clinical practice and conducts leading-edge research.
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. Its specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care for more than 9,000 adults and children every year, and access to more than 150 clinical trials at any given time. Its innovative research program engages more than 280 scientists at UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Jackson Laboratory (JAX West), whose scientific partnerships advance discovery of new tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Through the Cancer Care Network, UC Davis collaborates with a number of hospitals and clinical centers throughout the Central Valley and Northern California regions to offer the latest cancer care. Its community-based outreach and education programs address disparities in cancer outcomes across diverse populations. For more information, visit cancer.ucdavis.edu.