|Dr. Sandra Swain Elected to ASCO Board
March 14, 2008
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WASHINGTON, DC, March 14, 2008 – Sandra Swain, MD, medical director of the Washington Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center, has been elected to the Board of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). She will serve a three year term beginning in June.
Dr. Swain has been an active member of ASCO since 1986 and has served the society in many capacities, most recently as chair of the Cancer Education Committee. She is also a current member of the ASCO Foundation Board of Directors.
“This is quite an honor. ASCO is the pre-eminent professional oncology organization and is therefore uniquely positioned to shape the future direction of oncology,” said Dr. Swain. “I will work with ASCO leadership to develop strategies to address some of the challenges facing the organization – the looming physician shortage and the low patient accrual rates in clinical trials.”
Beyond her work with ASCO, Dr. Swain is an internationally known medical oncologist and a clinical researcher. Dr. Swain focuses her research in the causes and treatment of advanced inflammatory breast cancer and has participated in more than 20 clinical trials on the subject since 2000, often as principal investigator.
Dr. Swain joined the Washington Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center as medical director in March 2007. She currently oversees all aspects of cancer care, education, research and outreach.
The Washington Cancer Institute is the busiest cancer center in the nation’s capital with 2,300 new patients and 80,000 patient visits annually.
Washington Hospital Center is a not-for-profit 926-bed acute care teaching and research hospital based in Northwest Washington, DC. It is the largest private medical center in the nation’s capital and among the 25 largest hospitals in the mid-Atlantic. The Hospital Center consistently ranks among the nation’s top hospitals in the research and treatment of cardiovascular and kidney disease and provides cutting edge therapies to treat cancer, stroke and acute neurological injury and disease. Washington Hospital Center is also home to MedSTAR Trauma and Transport and is the region’s adult burn facility.
ASCO is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 25,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals.