Lahey Clinic’s Dr. Hesketh Recognized for Distinguished Service to an International Organization

Lahey Clinic congratulates Paul J. Hesketh, MD, interim director of the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center and director of Thoracic Oncology, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) in June. Hesketh, who is also a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, has been a member of MASCC, an international, multidisciplinary organization that supports research and education in supportive services for cancer patients, since 1994. He served as president of MASCC from 2006-2008.

“The award recognizes meritorious achievement in supportive care in cancer, as well as contributions to the society and the society’s mission,” said Linda Elting, DrPH, professor and chief of Section Health Services Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. “Dr. Hesketh was nominated by his peers and chosen from a field of highly qualified candidates.”
Among many projects he was involved with at MASCC, Hesketh was chosen as the award recipient in part because of his contributions to many antiemetic guidelines processes at MASCC.

“There are many individuals in our society who are equally deserving of this award, and I am extremely humbled and grateful to be this year’s recipient,” Hesketh said. “It’s a tremendous honor to be acknowledged by your peers for your contributions.”

In addition to his other MASCC accomplishments, Hesketh is a former member of MASCC’s Executive Committee and currently sits on its Board of Directors; he also served as chairman of the MASCC Annual Symposium held in Boston in 2002. Hesketh accepted the award in New York City on June 28, and he is a Westwood resident.