Martine Extermann, M.D., Ph.D., senior member of Moffitt Cancer Center, was recently appointed program leader of Senior Adult Oncology, having served effectively as interim chair for several months, during which an international search was conducted. Half of all cancers occur in people age 70 and older and 60 percent of all cancer deaths occur in this population. Moffitt’s Senior Adult Oncology Program is aimed at preventing and treating cancer in older people, as well as improving their quality of life.

This program strives to:

  • Design personalized medical and therapeutic treatment plans for each patient
  • Recognize “unsuspected” diagnoses
  • Maximize social support
  • Prevent dangerous drug interactions
  • Optimize the nutrition of the older person with cancer
  • Meet the rehabilitative needs of the patient
  • Address socioeconomic issues and family/caregiver concerns that can affect the patient’s health care

Dr. Extermann joined Moffitt nearly 20 years ago after completing a Moffitt Fellowship in Medical/Geriatric Oncology. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and is the author of more than 25 book chapters. Dr. Extermann has extensive undergraduate and graduate teaching experience at the university and postgraduate levels and continues to teach residents and fellows in Senior Adult Oncology.

Dr. Extermann has received several honors and awards, among them the Pfizer Visiting Professorship Award at the University of Texas, The American Society of Clinical Oncology B.J. Kennedy Award for Scientific Excellence in Geriatric Oncology, the Paul Calabresi Award from the International Society of Geriatric Oncology, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Geriatric Oncology from the German Society of Geriatrics and German Society of Hematology/Oncology.

Dr. Extermann is engaged in service nationally and internationally, sits on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals, and is a leader and member of several scientific committees and professional associations.

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