HONORS AND AWARDS
Professor appointed to federal post
Moon S. Chen, Jr., professor of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the UC Davis School of
Medicine and Medical Center, has been appointed co-chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services Trans-HHS Cancer Health Disparities Progress Review Group.
The appointment was made by Andrew C. von Eschenbach, director of the National Cancer Institute.
The group is charged with integrating all agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services
in a collaborative effort to eliminate disparities in cancer awareness, prevention, early detection, incidence
and treatment nationwide. The agencies include the Administration on Aging, Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Food
and Drug Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration, Indian Health Service, and the
National Institutes of Health.
One of the nations foremost investigators into the cancer burden of ethnic minority groups, Chen
is also the principal investigator of an $8.5-million NCI-funded project to eliminate disparities in cancer
incidence, awareness and early detection among Asian American populations. Chen also heads the UC Davis
Cancer Centers Cancer Control and Prevention Program.
Gandara elected to national clinical oncology board
David Gandara, professor of medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine and director of clinical
research at UC Davis Cancer Center, has been elected secretary/treasurer and appointed to the board of
directors of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, the world's leading professional organization
representing physicians who treat people with cancer.
A prominent lung cancer specialist, Gandara chairs the Lung Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group,
a National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials cooperative research group comprising 283 institutions
in the United States and Canada. Under his leadership, UC Davis for the past two years ranked first among
the 283 group's sites in the number of patients enrolled in clinical trials.
Dean Silva awarded honorary degree
UC Davis School of Medicine Dean Joseph Silva, Jr. received an honorary degree from the Belarusian
State Medical University for his efforts to enhance educational and research programs at the university.
He is the 11th recipient of this award.
Established in 1911, the medical university is the oldest and largest school of higher education in the
Republic of Belarus. It was destroyed in World War II and rebuilt. The university has 5,000 students,
18 research laboratories, 55 chairs, 700 professors and lecturers, and 150 researchers. Areas of training
include general medicine, pediatics, military medicine, dentistry and preventive medicine.
Boone appointed to CT standards group
John M. Boone, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, recently accepted an appointment
by the International Commission on Radiological Units and Measurements (ICRU) to chair a committee on
Image Quality and Patient Dose in CT.
The committee consists of scientists and physicians from North America, Asia and Europe, and its charge
is to define the international standards for characerizing CT scanner image quality performance, and for
assessing the radiation dose from CT procedures to patients.
The ICRU is an international body commissioned in 1925, and is sponsored by numerous governmental agencies,
organizations and corporations from Europe, Japan and North America. Its recommendations, which take the
form of ICRU publications, become the de facto international standards in the radiology community and
in other industries where radiation is used. The work of the committee is expected to take five years.
Medical center lauded for improving Stockton Boulevard
UC Davis Medical Center was recognized for its pivotal role in helping to improve the image of
The Stockton Boulevard Business Partnership, an association of property owners and businesses on Stockton
Boulevard between Second Avenue and 48th Avenue in Sacramento, presented to the medical center its "Stars
on Stockton" award in the Community Partner category.
"The medical center has been a significant, contributing partner in efforts to improve Stockton Boulevard.
It has contributed resources to improving its physical appearance and image, and has improved security
through its police department. All of this helps in our efforts to improve the boulevard overall," said
Richard Greene, executive director of the partnership.
McVicar elected to UNOS executive committee
John P. McVicar, director of the UC Davis Medical Center's Liver Transplant Program, has been
appointed to the 2003-04 Executive Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing Board of Directors.
McVicar is regional councillor representative for UNOS' Region 5, which consists of Arizona, California,
Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. He has been on the UNOS Board of Directors since 2002. McVicar serves on
the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/UNOS Membership and Professional Standards Committee
and its policy compliance subcommittee. He has served on the OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation
and Scientific Advisory Committees.
Murin selected for executive leadership program
Susan Murin, UC Davis associate professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, is among 45
senior women faculty from medical and dental schools in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada selected
as 2003-04 fellows by the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program
ELAM is the only in-depth national program that prepares senior women faculty for leadership positions
at academic health centers. The 2003-04 class consists of women from 41 U.S. and Canadian medical and
Murin is director of the UC Davis Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program, and vice chair
for clinical affairs for the Department of Internal Medicine.