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Al B. Benson III, Honored by Association of Community Cancer Centers

November 2011

Al B. Benson III, MD, received the Association of Community Cancer Centers' (ACCC) 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research Award for his extensive research, leadership, and commitment to individuals with cancer. Benson is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Associate Director for Clinical Investigations at the Lurie Cancer Center, and an Attending Physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He received the award at the ACCC 28th National Oncology Conference, held October 19-22, in Seattle, Washington.

Benson's research is primarily in the areas of gastrointestinal cancer clinical trials, cancer clinical trials, biologic therapies, Phase I cancer clinical trials, and cancer guideline development. His research in biologics, cancer therapy, and cancer prevention has been awarded funding from a variety of sources including the National Institutes of Health. Benson is chair of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group's Gastrointestinal Committee and its Data Monitoring Committee.

He has been honored with a number of awards, including the ASCO Statesman Award and the Woman's Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital Compassionate Care Award. Benson served as ACCC President, 2010-2011, and has been on ACCC's board of directors since 2003. He has served on a number of committees for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and is currently co-chair of the Colorectal Cancer Guidelines Committee and the Radiofrequency Ablation Committee. In addition, he is a member of several medical societies, and served as president of the Illinois Medical Oncology Society, was president of the International Society of GI Oncology, and is a member of the board of directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). He was appointed as a Scientific Advisory Board member of both the Patient Advocacy Foundation and the National Patient Advocacy Foundation.

Since 1974, the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has served as a leading national multidisciplinary organization that sets the standard for quality care for patients with cancer. ACCC is dedicated to promoting professional learning opportunities and to providing a forum for members to network and enhance their skills in the business, clinical and management aspects of care for the cancer community.

(Last updated on November 10, 2014 )