Roswell Park Honors Past CEO, Dr. David Hohn, with Gilda Radner Courage Award

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sabres goalie Miller, volunteer and scientist also recognized for advocacy

Buffalo NY - Dr. David C. Hohn, President and CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute from 1997 to 2007, was honored today for his career achievements in cancer research, administrative leadership and national advocacy for other cancer patients at RPCI’s 20th anniversary All Star Night gala. The event, hosted at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, was attended by more than 450 guests and raised $300,000 for cancer research and patient care programs at RPCI.

In addition to his leadership at Roswell Park, which included spearheading the hospital’s governance conversion to becoming a public benefit corporation, Dr. Hohn has held national leadership positions as Chairman of the Board of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)—helping to set national guidelines for cancer care. Dr. Hohn, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December 2009, currently serves as President Emeritus and Executive Director of Health Policy at RPCI. He remains an active board member with the NCCN.

The evening also celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Herd About Buffalo program, a public art project that was a major fundraiser for RPCI in 2000. Forty all-new miniature buffalo statues, each featuring designs created by local artists, were auctioned in silent, live and online auctions to support research and patient care programs at RPCI.

Additional honorees include Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who received the General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Action Award for his support of pediatric cancer patients through his Steadfast Foundation. Mary Pinto, a volunteer who became an active supporter of Roswell Park following her daughter’s death from brain cancer, will receive the Katherine Anne Gioia Inspiration Award for her leadership and dedication to the cause. Dr. Alex Adjei, the Katherine Anne Gioia Chair in Cancer Medicine at RPCI, will receive the Dr. Thomas B. Tomasi MD, PhD Hope Award for his distinguished leadership in translational research, drug development and thoracic oncology.  All Star Night is presented by HSBC and the Roswell Park Alliance Community Advisory Board.

The Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization formed to receive and administer funds supporting scientific and clinical research, state-of-the-art medical care, and patient-related activities at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Roswell Park Cancer Institute, founded in 1898, is the nation’s first cancer research, treatment and education center. The Institute was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. RPCI is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or e-mail askrpci@roswellpark.org.                           

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