University of Rochester Scientist Honored for Cancer Research

October 22, 2001

Paul Okunieff, M.D., chairman of radiation oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center's James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, recently received the 2001 Davey Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to cancer research.

The Davey Memorial Award was established in 1997 in memory of R. Bruce Davey, a local businessman and community leader who lost his battle with cancer in 1996. It is presented annually to a James P. Wilmot Cancer Center scientist at the annual scientific symposium.

Okunieff was honored for his research into long-term effects of radiation therapy and quality of life after treatment. He was instrumental in establishing the Robert A. Flavin Radiosurgery Center at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center to provide cutting-edge, shaped-beam radiation therapy. Okunieff is director of the Flavin Radiosurgery Center and associate director for clinical research.

He also conducts research into the molecular physiology of tumors and is a recognized international leader in the use of radiation therapy to prevent some forms of heart disease.

Okunieff came to the University and Cancer Center in 1997, from the National Cancer Institute, where he was branch chief of radiology oncology. He is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School.

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