Arizona Cancer Center Director David S. Alberts, M.D. named 2006 Salsbury Award Winner

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association awarded Arizona Cancer Center Director David S. Alberts, M.D., their highest honor, the 2006 Salsbury Award.
The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association awarded Arizona Cancer Center Director David S. Alberts, M.D., their highest honor, the 2006 Salsbury Award. The award, presented at the AzHHA annual banquet in Scottsdale, is given to an individual for making an outstanding contribution to healthcare in Arizona.

Dr. Alberts pioneering work in cancer research has benefited thousands in Arizona and millions of people around the world, said John Rivers, AzHHA s president and CEO. His tireless efforts to prevent illness and cure cancer continue to this day.

Dr. Alberts began working as a cancer researcher more than 30 years ago at the National Cancer Institute s Baltimore Cancer Research Center, where he helped develop and test anti-cancer drugs and prevention agents. At the Arizona Cancer Center, he has championed clinical trials to prolong the lives of women suffering from stage III ovarian cancer.

Earlier this year, the NCI issued a rare clinical announcement encouraging treatment pioneered by Dr. Alberts, which calls for the administration of anticancer drugs via two methods after surgery for women with advanced ovarian cancer. The combined treatment methods are called intraperitoneal, or IP, for chemotherapy delivered into the abdominal, or peritoneal, cavity, and intravenous, or IV, for chemotherapy delivered into a vein.

Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Alberts, the Arizona Cancer Center is home of one of the largest Cancer Prevention and Control Programs among the nation s 40 comprehensive cancer centers, with leading research in breast, colon, lung, prostate and skin cancer prevention.

During 2004-05, the Center ranked 16th nationally in research dollars awarded from the NCI, with $37.8 million received. Including NCI funding, the Center received more than $65 million in overall cancer-related project funding during 2005-06.

The Salsbury Award is named in honor of the Association s founder, Clarence Salsbury, M.D., a physician who founded Sage Memorial Hospital in Ganado, Ariz.

The Arizona Cancer Center, the state s premier National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With primary locations at the University of Arizona in Tucson and on the campus of the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center in Scottsdale, the Center has more than a dozen research and education offices distributed throughout the state and 250 physician and scientist members working to prevent and cure cancer. For more information, go to www.arizonacancercenter.org.