In recognition of his pioneering role in the hospice movement in the United States and his research to improve end-of-life care for cancer patients, Frederick Meyers, professor of medicine and pathology and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, has been elected a Master of the American College of Physicians, the nation's largest medical specialty organization. Only 584 individuals hold the distinction worldwide.
In its citation in support of his mastership, the college describes Meyers as "an internationally known researcher in hematology and oncology, credited with pioneering the hospice movement within the academic setting."
Meyers is perhaps best known for his work in "simultaneous care," a model of care for cancer patients undergoing investigational therapy. Meyers has shown that the model improves both patient quality of life and clinical trial participation. He has also been a pioneer in bringing hospice care to dying inmates in prisons and to patients in remote rural communities via telemedicine.