The Father of Geriatric Oncology Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

December 04, 2017

 Moffitt Cancer Center’s Lodovico Balducci, M.D., the father of Geriatric Oncology, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Geriatric Oncology.

Balducci specializes in Senior Adult Oncology and Malignant Hematology at Moffitt. He became enamored with geriatric oncology while working at the VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1970s. He used his interpersonal skills to care for older, vulnerable patients. During his time at the VA, Balducci wrote extensively about geriatric oncology, which did not have a name until Balducci coined the term more than 40 years ago. His writing landed him a position at Moffitt Cancer Center, where he launched a geriatric oncology program.

Balducci’s research focuses on cancer and aging, which he has extended to three other areas:

  • Determination of life expectancy and active life expectancy
  • Polypharmacy in older cancer patients
  • Support of the caregiver

Balducci has also been involved in cooperative trials involving management of breast, lung, colorectal and prostate cancer.

Balducci graduated from the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome. Following a fellowship at the A. Gemelli General Hospital in Rome, he moved to the United States to complete a residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is a recipient of the SIOG Calabresi award in 2003 and the ASCO BJ Kennedy Award and Lecture for Scientific Excellence in Geriatric Oncology in 2007.

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