July 20, 2007

Radiology society honors Hallahan

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Dinnis Hallahan, M.D.

Radiology society honors Hallahan

The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology has named Vanderbilt's Dennis Hallahan, M.D., to its 2007 class of ASTRO Fellows.

Hallahan, professor and chair of Radiation Oncology, and 39 other new fellows will receive their awards at a special ceremony during the 49th Annual Meeting, to be held Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in Los Angeles.

Members of ASTRO are eligible to become a Fellow based on length of membership in the organization, leadership in the organization and contributions to the field of radiation oncology. This is the second class of Fellows selected by the board of directors.

In his 16 years as an ASTRO member, Hallahan has served on several committees and task forces and is currently chair of the Research Evaluation Committee.

Accomplishments made with his colleagues since he joined the Vanderbilt faculty as the first chair of the department nine years ago contributed to his selection, Hallahan said, including development of seven training programs and several research laboratories, award of 12 grants from the National Cancer Institute and two from the Department of Defense, establishment of two satellite centers and a threefold increase in faculty.

He is one of only two ASTRO fellows in Tennessee (the other is at St. Jude) and the earliest in the nation to be named, said Hallahan, an Ingram Professor of Cancer Research.

ASTRO is the largest radiation oncology society in the world, with nearly 9,000 members who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, biology and physics, the society is dedicated to improving patient care through education, clinical practice, advancement of science and advocacy.