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For Immediate Release: March 1, 2007
Association of Community Cancer Centers to Honor Missouri Oncologist Alan P. Lyss, MD
ROCKVILLE, Md.–Alan P. Lyss, MD, will be honored with the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ annual David King Community Clinical Scientist Award. Dr. Lyss is a medical oncologist and medical director of the Cancer Research Program of Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He is associate professor of clinical medicine at Washington University School of Medicine and the honoree of a distinguished Alumni Scholarship Award there. He is also associate clinical professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
Dr. Lyss will be honored at ACCC’s 33rd Annual National Meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2007, in Baltimore, Md. The David King Community Clinical Scientist Award recognizes active community clinical research leaders. Award winners have demonstrated leadership in the development, participation, and evaluation of clinical studies and/or are active in the development of new screening, risk assessment, treatment, or supportive care programs for cancer patients.
Dr. Lyss has been actively engaged in studies directed toward the prevention of common adult cancers and in efforts to facilitate distribution of innovative cancer care to under-served populations, especially to those Americans who reside in rural areas. Dr. Lyss is principal investigator for Heartland Cancer Research, a National Cancer Institute-designated CCOP (Community Clinical Oncology Program). His clinical areas of interest are in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of breast and lung cancers.
In addition to his main practice office at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Lyss has been providing hematology and oncology consultation and care to residents of Ste. Genevieve County and contiguous areas for the past 14 years and to residents of the Sunset Hills and Jefferson County areas of Missouri for the past three years.
ACCC’s prestigious award is named after David K. King, MD, FACP, who passed away after a brief battle with cancer. Dr. King had a long and colorful history with the Association of Community Cancer Centers, serving in many capacities—President, Chair of ACCC’s Annual Presidents’ Retreat, and Co-Chair of ACCC’s reimbursement committee, just to name a few. Dr. King spent his entire life caring for individuals with cancer and advocating for access to quality care, while also championing the Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) and the value of clinical research in the community setting. Award winners become lifetime members of the ACCC National Academy of Community Oncology Scientists, which will serve as a valuable resource to ACCC, the National Cancer Institute, pharmaceutical companies, and other organizations involved in community cancer research.