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Joseph A. Sparano, MD, Named Vice Chair of ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group
Date:5/17/2013

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) May 17, 2013

Dr. Sparano is Professor of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Associate Chairman of the Department of Oncology at the Montefiore Medical Center. He is also Associate Director for Clinical Research at the Einstein Cancer Center and leads the Einstein Breast Cancer Working Group, a multidisciplinary group of physicians and scientists focused on translational breast cancer research. He also serves as Vice Chair of the National Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Correlative Science Committee and Vice Chair of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium.

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center have been members of ECOG since 1978.

Dr. Sparano is a medical oncologist whose research focuses on developmental therapeutic approaches in breast cancer, lymphoma, and HIV-associated cancers and the clinical application of genomic profiling in cancer management. He first joined ECOG in 1991 as a member of the Biological Response Modifier Committee and Breast Committee. Dr. Sparano has held the position of Co-Chair or Chair of the ECOG Breast Committee since 2002 and Associate Chair for Disease and Modality Research since 2001. He has chaired or co-chaired 16 therapeutic clinical trials for the Group, including the historic Trial Assigning IndividuaLized Options for Treatment (Rx) (or TAILORx)—an ongoing study in women with early stage breast cancer, whose results, when they become available, will help to identify those for whom adjuvant hormonal therapy alone is sufficient, thus potentially eliminating the empiric use of chemotherapy in tens of thousands of such women each year.

Dr. Sparano has coauthored approximately 180 scientific publications, and this work includes establishing a role for weekly paclitaxel as adjuvant therapy in breast cancer, infusional therapy in lymphoma, biologic the
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