2 URMC Professors Pen British Medical Association’s Book of the Year

October 06, 2008

Philip Rubin, M.D., and John Hansen, M.D., were honored for their prize-winning guide for physicians.

University of Rochester Medical Center experts in oncology and anatomy received the Medical Book of the Year Award from the British Medical Association for a new guide to cancer staging that many doctors consider a must-have resource.

The honor was for TNM Staging Atlas by Philip Rubin, M.D., professor and chair emeritus of Radiation Oncology, and John Hansen, M.D., professor of Neurobiology and Anatomyand associate dean for Admissions Offices of Medical Education. It represents the culmination of decades of research in oncoanatomy for the authors.

The book provides uniquely illustrated text depicting the different stages of cancer development and was described as one that will “find a long-term place” on bookshelves and be for “ongoing reference use for years,” according to BMA reviewers.

Rubin is considered a founder of the field of therapeutic radiation. His 50-year career focused on studying radiation, dating back to the Manhattan Project, the World War II code name for the atomic bomb. Rubin analyzed the scientific data from the studies and published extensively on radiation tolerance, establishing the Medical Center as an international leader for studying late effects of radiation.

He helped develop the field of using radiation therapeutically, having served as the first director of the Department of Radiation Oncology Services at the National Cancer Institute. At the Medical Center, he created the Department of Radiation Oncology, serving as chair from 1961-1995.

Hansen led research into peripheral and central dopaminergic systems and neural plasticity for more than two decades, before shifting to medical education. He was involved in the design of the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s groundbreaking double-helix curriculum that weaves basic and clinical sciences through all four years of medical education, like the intertwining strands of the double helix molecule.  

He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. He has authored several other medical textbooks, including Netter's Atlas of Human Physiology, Essential Anatomy Dissector and Netter's Clinical Anatomy.

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