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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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).
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.
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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About Lahey Health
Lahey Health is what's next in healthcare,
providing a full continuum of integrated health services close to where you
live or work. It is comprised of nationally recognized, award-winning
hospitals—including an academic hospital and medical center, and community
hospitals—primary care providers, specialist physicians, behavioral health
services, post-acute programs such as home health services, skilled nursing and
rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources located throughout
northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
Lahey Health offers nearly 1,000 locally based physicians providing clinical
excellence and an exceptional patient experience in adult and pediatric primary
care and every medical specialty, including kidney and liver transplantation;
neurosurgery, cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic medical and surgical care;
local emergency and trauma care; urological surgery; chronic disease prevention
and health management; and pediatric emergency, newborn and inpatient care
provided in collaboration with Boston Children's Hospital physicians.
Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center—a teaching hospital
of Tufts University School of Medicine—and Lahey Clinic physician group with
practices in Burlington, Peabody and other locations throughout northeastern
Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire; Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert
Hospital in Gloucester, Mass.; Winchester Hospital; Lahey Health Senior Care
and Lahey Health Behavioral Services as well as more than 30 primary care
physician practices and multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care
Together, we are making innovative, integrated healthcare more personal and
more accessible. For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org and its member websites Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, Winchester Hospital, and Lahey Health Behavioral Services.
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