Moffitt Doctor to Receive Prestigious Award at World’s Largest Oncology Conference

May 29, 2007

Tampa, FL – H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute’s Dr. Lodovico Balducci will receive the B. J. Kennedy Award and Lecture for Scientific Excellence in Geriatric Oncology at the 6th Annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conference June 1-5 in Chicago. Balducci is the Program Leader of Moffitt’s Senior Adult Oncology Program and Chief of the Division of Geriatric Oncology.

“I feel proud to have my name associated with B. J. Kennedy,” said Balducci. “He is a true giant of medical oncology. I accept the award on behalf of the people who have supported me at Moffitt with particular thanks to the nurses I have had the privilege to work with.”

As the first recipient of this award, Balducci feels it is his responsibility to encourage new generations of medical oncologists into research in the field of geriatric oncology.

The award honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership or who have contributed outstanding scientific work of major importance to the field of geriatric oncology. Balducci will present a lecture on the significant topic for which he is being honored.

            Four doctors from Moffitt will also be presenting lectures at the conference.


Dr. Claudio Anasetti

Program Leader, Blood and Marrow Transplantation

ASCO/American Society of Hematology Symposium: Alternative Donor Options for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Dr. Gerold Bepler, Ph.D.

Program Leader, Thoracic Oncology

ERCC-1, RRM-1, and Other Markers for Choosing Cytotoxic Therapy in the Treatment of Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Dr. Adil Daud

Medical Director, Affiliate Research

Alternatives to Toxicity as Outcomes for Early Phase Studies

Dr. Vernon Sondak

Program Leader, Cutaneous Oncology

Surgery, Radiation, and Imaging in the Management of Melanoma

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida on the University of South Florida campus, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute ( is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.