February 19, 1999

VUMC Cancer Center trio among nation’s best: poll

VUMC Cancer Center trio among nation's best: poll

Three Vanderbilt Cancer Center physicians have been recognized among the nation's leading lung cancer experts for women in a survey published in the March issue of Good Housekeeping.

Listed among 33 medical oncologists were Dr. David H. Johnson, Cornelius Abernathy Craig Professor of Oncology and director of clinical programs for the Vanderbilt Cancer Center; and Dr. Russell F. DeVore III, assistant professor of Medicine. Dr. Hak Choy, professor and clinical director of Radiation Oncology, was listed among 16 physicians in the category of radiation oncologists.

The survey lists leading cancer specialists for women based on nominations by 280 department chairs and section chiefs in surgical, medical and radiation oncology at major medical centers across the country. Nominating physicians were not permitted to recommend a colleague from his or her own institution. The magazine then culled the physicians that were most often cited for the final list.

Vanderbilt was the only cancer center or hospital in the region with more than one lung cancer specialist listed as among the nation's best.

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women, and, unlike among men, the lung cancer death rate among women continues to rise. According to American Cancer Society projections, 77,600 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year, and 68,000 women will die of the disease.