Moffitt Cancer Center Appoints Lodovico Balducci, M.D., as Medical Director of Affiliates and Referring Physician Relations

January 24, 2011

TAMPA, Fla.Moffitt Cancer Center has appointed Lodovico Balducci, M.D., medical director of Affiliates and Referring Physician Relations. Balducci is the program leader of Senior Adult Oncology at Moffitt and a professor of Oncologic Sciences at the University of South Florida.

“Dr. Balducci is a seasoned physician who brings tremendous experience in both clinical and administrative roles,” said Yvette Tremonti, executive vice president of Strategy and Business Development at Moffitt. “The wealth of talent he brings will be a real asset to the program.”

The Moffitt Affiliate Network has 14 affiliations with oncology medical practices or health care institutions in Florida, one in Georgia, one in Pennsylvania and two in Puerto Rico. Through its affiliations, Moffitt seeks to improve the quality of cancer care through the rapid dissemination of new innovations in cancer treatments and research into the community.

Balducci is nationally and internationally recognized for his contributions to geriatric oncology. Recent awards and recognition include the 17th annual Claude Jacquillat Award for Achievement in Clinical Oncology (Paris); the 2009 Nimmo Visiting Professorship in Adelaide, Australia; the 2009 Mehdi Tavassoli Memorial Lecture in Jackson, Miss.; the first American Society of Clinical Oncology B.J. Kennedy Award in 2007; the American Community Cancer Center recognition for outstanding clinical research in 2006; the first Paul Calabresi Memorial Lecture for the International Society of Geriatric Oncology in 2005 (Rome, Italy); and a visiting expert at University Hospital of Singapore. In January, he was featured in an interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

Balducci also serves as editor for more than five textbooks on geriatric oncology and two books on geriatric hematology. He has published more than 250 articles and five monographs in prestigious medical journals.

Balducci earned his medical degree from Catholic University in Rome and completed his residency training and fellowship at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. He is scheduled to receive an outstanding alumnus award from the university in April. Balducci is board-certified in medical oncology/hematology.

Memberships in medical associations include The American Geriatrics Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Breast Disease. In addition, he is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and sits on the board of directors of the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology.

His research interests focus on cancer and the aging, management of the frail elderly, assessment of the quality of life in older cancer patients and prognostic assessment of older cancer patients.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center – a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 14 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia, one in Pennsylvania 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 marks a very important anniversary in 2011 – 25 years committed to one mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer .