Moffitt Cancer Center CEO Dr. Alan List Accepts Haihe River Friendship Award in China

October 11, 2016

Dr. List Haide River Friendship AwardTAMPA, Fla. Moffitt Cancer Center President and CEO Alan F. List, M.D., traveled to Tianjin, China, on Sept. 29 to receive the Haihe River Friendship Award, the highest governmental honor of the Tianjin municipality.

The award was established in 2006 to recognize and reward outstanding foreign experts who contribute to improving the economic and social development of Tianjin, a northern coastal city with a population of 15.4 million. Each year, the city presents the award to 10 foreigners among 80 candidates. This year, List was chosen the No. 1 awardee among the 10 recipients.

Hongzhong Li, the Secretary of Tianjin Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, and Dongfeng Wang, Acting Mayor of Tianjin Municipal City, presented the award to List.

In recent years, List has presented several scientific presentations in the region. In addition, Moffitt collaborates with China’s International Personalized Cancer Center in Tianjin to develop personalized cancer care. The hospital is under construction and will open in May 2017.

Moffitt also has been involved in a number of research projects jointly conducted in Tianjin and has trained graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, physician-scientists and research nurses from Tianjin since 2008.

“This was such a great honor to be recognized for our work in Tianjin,” said List. “We have enjoyed our collaboration there and look forward to continued sharing of experts and knowledge between our institutions and communities.”

List’s newest recognition is just one of many accolades the cancer center has received as it approaches its 30th anniversary. In September, List was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 110 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systemslist.In early August, Moffitt was ranked No. 6 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Cancer rankings. In March 2015, Moffitt earned the prestigious nursing Magnet designation recognizing our nursing excellence.

Serving patients from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, Moffitt boasts patient outcomes that beat the national average. Moffitt is one of 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and the only one based in Florida.

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