American Cancer Society Appoints WVU Physician to Board of Directors

Section chief of hematology/oncology at WVU Jame Abraham, M.D., has been appointed to the American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division Board of Directors.

Abraham is head of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program and medical director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Clinic at West Virginia University.  He has been a key figure in cancer care, education and outreach in the region.

 Jame Abraham, M.D.  “Dr. Abraham’s commitment to patients and healthcare will be a major asset to the South Atlantic Board of Directors,” said Kevin Tephabock, regional executive director for the Society in West Virginia.  “We are very pleased that he will be representing West Virginia for the next three years.”

Abraham joins colleagues from Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, and several professionals from the community as board members of the Society's South Atlantic division. 

Before joining the MBRCC’s hematology/oncology section in 2001, he was a senior clinical fellow specializing in developmental therapeutics at the National Cancer Institute. 

His special interests include breast cancer prevention and treatment, as well as development of novel treatment strategies. His impact upon the Cancer Center has helped create promising new breast cancer treatments.

Abraham is the editor of one of the best-selling books in oncology the “Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Oncology.”  In 2007, he also edited, “Breast Cancer: A Clinical Guide.”

Abraham has received several awards, including the Merit Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Idea and Career Development Awards from the Department of Defense.

He was nominated as Clinician of the Year by the department of Medicine at WVU for five consecutive years since 2002.  In 2007, he received the Outstanding Faculty of the Year award from the Department of Medicine.

For more information on the West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
sls: 08-20-07

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