Lahey Health’s Paul J. Hesketh, MD, Named Massachusetts Oncologist of the Year

Dr. Hesketh leads an integrated cancer care team across northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire at Lahey Health  

BURLINGTON, MA (November 3, 2016) – Paul J. Hesketh, MD, Chair of the Lahey Health Cancer Institute, has been named Oncologist of the Year by the Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists (MSCO). Presented annually by the MSCO, the award is given to a senior physician “whose research and innovations have had a transforming and lasting impact in areas of clinical oncology, cancer research, clinical trials, and patient advocacy activities or outstanding long-term service to MSCO and/or to clinical oncology.”

“I am extremely grateful and honored to receive this distinction from the Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists,” said Dr. Paul Hesketh. “I am deeply passionate about the work I do and am dedicated to continuing the fight against cancer through cutting edge research, and the introduction of innovative treatments. At Lahey Health we are committed to delivering the highest quality and most accessible cancer care, and this award is a reflection of our work in the communities we serve.”

At Lahey Health Dr. Hesketh leads a system-wide approach to cancer care that integrates treatments throughout the entire process providing access to the most advanced care for patients across northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Hesketh is responsible for ensuring the quality, performance and outcomes for all Lahey Health cancer services. Additionally, he is committed to further expanding  the  clinical research program to insure that patients at all sites of care within Lahey Health will have access to innovative  clinical trials in their local communities.

“The Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists is honored to recognize Dr. Hesketh for his continually outstanding work at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center with this award,” said Dr. Elizabeth Blanchard, President of the Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists. “Dr. Hesketh is a shining example of the talented and caring individuals that make Massachusetts health care synonymous with quality.”

Dr. Hesketh, a Westwood resident, has more than 30 years of experience in oncology and also serves  as  Director of the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center and Director of Thoracic Oncology at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.  In addition to his work at Lahey Health, Dr. Hesketh serves as a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Hesketh’s research interests include defining effective new treatment approaches for lung cancer and the supportive management of the patient with cancer.

Dr. Hesketh is a member of the core leadership group of the Lung Cancer Committee in SWOG, an international clinical trials group supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He also co- chairs the Antiemetic Guideline Panel of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and is a member of ASCO’s  Stage 4 Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Guideline Panel. In 2015 he was appointed as the physician representative from SWOG to the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) Accrual Task Force which has been charged by the NCI to help facilitate patient accrual to NCI sponsored clinical trials. Dr. Hesketh is also a past President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC).

Dr. Hesketh is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He serves as a reviewer and editorial board member for a number of scientific journals. He has authored more than 200 scientific manuscripts, abstracts and books chapters.

The Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists is a statewide organization representing oncologists and physicians who provide care for cancer patients. Founded in 1985, the Society is dedicated to improving cancer care and treatment and is recognized by the Massachusetts Medical Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology as the voice for cancer physicians and their patients in the state.

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Dan Marra
Senior Manager, Media Relations
Lahey Health