Physicians and Researchers Honored for Their Outstanding Work
The Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant program is proud to share the latest news about the awards and recognition our team members have recently received.
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Recognizes Physicians and Researchers
Mario Otto, MD, PhD, oncologist with the Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant program was recently awarded the Young Investigator Award for his research into innovative treatment strategies for neuroblastoma and other pediatric tumors by Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The grant will support Dr. Otto's continuing research.
During the same grant cycle, Mallery Olsen, a medical student in the lab of Christian Capitini, MD, was awarded a Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) award for her project, "Tracking of 19F labeled NK cells by MRI." Because there is no way to track immune cells clinically after they are infused to treat cancer, through this research, Ms. Olsen will optimize a nonradioactive isotope of fluorine as a means of labeling natural killer cells for detection by novel MRI technology.
Both of these awards were part of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation's 2012 grant cycle. The Foundation awarded more than $4 million in grants to physicians, researchers, medical and graduate students at 34 institutions and universities in 19 states across the country. There were four categories, including Innovation, Epidemiology Young Investigator and POST awards.
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer. It was inspired by a young girl name Alexandra "Alex" Scott who set up a lemonade stand in her own front yard to help raise funds for cancer research even as she struggled with neuroblastoma. After she passed away, her family continued her inspiring legacy by establishing the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
UW Health Patient Experience - Physician Champion Award
For the first year, UW Health is honoring physicians who have achieved the highest level of exemplary communication skills as recognized by their patients through the Avatar patient satisfaction survey. Dr. Margo Hoover-Regan was recognized among the top 5 percent of the 769 physicians for which surveys were conducted in 2011.
The patient experience is essential to the patient-centered care that UW Health provides. To that end, patients are randomly selected to complete the survey following an outpatient visit. The results from the surveys help influence change within UW Health.