Dr. Fred Appelbaum, former long-time president of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, has been designated one of 15 “Giants of Cancer Care” for his contributions to leukemia research. The award, announced by digital publication OncLive, recognizes top researchers who have helped advance the understanding and treatment of cancer.
Dr. Appelbaum, who currently serves as executive vice president and deputy director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, one of SCCA’s partner organizations, was part of the team that developed bone marrow transplantation. The procedure has revolutionized outcomes for people with leukemia and other blood-related disorders.
Dr. Appelbaum also directs Fred Hutch’s federally-funded research program to improve treatment for people who have blood cancers, in addition to being a leader in related clinical trials.
Recipients of the Giants of Cancer Care Award come from around the world and are nominated by their peers then voted on by a committee of more than 100 oncologists. They will be honored at a ceremony held in Chicago on May 30, the day before the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists begins.