Thai Oncologist Wins ESMO Women For Oncology Award

Emeritus Professor Sumitra Thongprasert was recognized for being a role model to other women oncologists and for her distinguished career.

AsianScientist (Sep. 13, 2016) – Emeritus Professor Sumitra Thongprasert from Chiang Mai University in Thailand has received the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Women for Oncology award, honoring her for being a role model to other women oncologists and for her distinguished career.

The ESMO Women for Oncology award, now in its second year, was established to acknowledge individuals who have significantly supported the career development of women in oncology.

Thongprasert began her career with a fellowship in hematology-oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, USA, after which she returned to Chiang Mai University in Thailand and set up the Medical Oncology Unit. She served as professor of oncology at the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University from 1999–2012. Thongprasert is currently the director of the Center of Excellence in Cancer at Bangkok Hospital, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

An active member in the clinical community, Thongprasert was a founding member of the Thai Society of Clinical Oncology, serving as its president from 2002–2006; a member of the ESMO Developing Country Task Force during 2005–2010; the Far East Regional representative for ESMO from 2008–2015; and a board member for the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer from 2011–2015.

“The award is further impetus to strive towards contributing something meaningful to ESMO and especially to women oncologists,” said Thongprasert.


Source: ESMO.
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