Award-Winning Author and Physician Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee to be Honored at Research!America Advocacy Awards Dinner

Recipient of Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion
Monday, December 3, 2018

Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, DPhil, award-winning author and pioneering scientist, will receive Research!America’s Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion for his efforts to demystify cancer for broad audiences. The Rosenfeld Award is presented to individuals who have worked to effectively deliver medical or other health-related research advocacy messages to the public.      

Dr. Mukherjee, whose studies into the composition and behavior of cancer cells have pushed the boundaries of modern medicine, will be honored at Research!America’s 21st Annual Advocacy Awards at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The annual awards dinner, to be held on March 13, 2019, brings 500 leaders from government, industry, academia and health advocacy organizations together to recognize top medical and health research advocates, who have made an impact in advancing the nation’s commitment to research.

“Research!America is honored to recognize Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee for his incredible contributions to both the understanding of the history and nature of cancer and the search for cutting-edge treatments for the disease,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO, Research!America. “Dr. Mukherjee has also brought well-received attention to the history, challenges and implications of genetic research through his research and writing.”

Dr. Mukherjee is a pioneering physician, oncologist and author who has redefined public discourse on human health, medicine and science.  He is best known for his books, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which earned the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, and The Gene: An Intimate History, which won international awards and was recognized by The Washington Post and The New York Times as one of the most influential books of 2016.  His published works have had a profound influence on science and society. The Emperor of All Maladies has been adapted into a documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns, and was included among Time magazine’s 100 best nonfiction books of the past century.

Dr. Mukherjee has also advocated for funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a member of ACT for NIH. His achievements as a writer and educator build upon his career as a renowned medical scholar. His innovative research signals a paradigm shift in cancer pathology, and has enabled the development of treatments that reach beyond current pharmaceutical models toward new biological and cellular therapies.  Serving as a professor of medicine at Columbia University and as a staff cancer physician at the university’s medical center, Dr. Mukherjee generates hope for countless patients and families around the world, while revolutionizing the blueprint for healing. He writes for the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and many other publications, has received numerous awards for his scientific work, has published his original research and opinions in journals such Nature, Cell and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Mukherjee lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.

Other 2019 Research!America Advocacy Award winners to be honored on March 13 are The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and founding dean and president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine; Dr. Susan Hockfield, president emerita of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor of Neuroscience and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research; Dr. David R. Williams, Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology, Harvard University; Denny Sanford, health care philanthropist, supporter of Sanford Health, which includes Sanford Research, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The recipient of the Whitehead Award, presented to an elected official, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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