Shapiro Appointed Chair-Elect for ASCO Survivorship Committee

July 15, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dr. Charles Shapiro, director of breast medical oncology at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Reseach Institute (OSUCCC­–James) has been appointed to serve as Chair-Elect for the Survivorship Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The appointment is effective this month. Shapiro will serve as Chair-Elect for one year, followed by a one year term as Chair. He will then serve as Immediate Past Chair.

Shapiro, who came to Ohio State in 1998 and is a professor of internal medicine, leads the breast cancer research program at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. He leads an interdisciplinary team of clinical and research scientists whose sole focus is the study of breast cancer.

Shapiro is a nationally known clinical investigator whose research interests include the development of novel treatments for breast cancer and treatment-related side effects of breast cancer, in particular the side effects of adjuvant chemotherapy in young women. He is currently overseeing major clinical trial and laboratory research efforts to develop new therapies that are effective for ‘triple negative’ breast cancer.

Shapiro serves as the vice chair of the Symptom Intervention Committee of the Alliance Cooperative Group, is a member of the Alliance Breast Committee, and a member of the NCI Symptom Management and Health-Related Quality of Life Steering Committee. He has been named among “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer,” “America’s Top Doctors” and “Best Doctors in America.”

He previously co-chaired ASCO’s task force on survivorship guidelines.

The Cancer Survivorship Committee provides leadership and oversight of ASCO’s cancer survivorship activities and assists in the implementation of the cancer survivorship components within ASCO’s mission and strategic plan. The committee reviews and assesses ASCO’s cancer survivorship portfolio and works to enhance the quality and quantity of cancer survivorship material in each program.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only seven centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials. The NCI recently rated Ohio State’s cancer program as “exceptional,” the highest rating given by NCI survey teams. As the cancer program’s 228-bed adult patient-care component, The James is a “Top Hospital” as named by the Leapfrog Group and one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

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