Dr. Bast was appointed vice president for translational research. In 2004, he became the Harry Carothers Wiess Distinguished University Professor for Cancer Research. Overall, Dr. Bast has published more than 600 articles and chapters and has edited the textbook Cancer Medicine. He has been recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the most frequently cited scientists in his field (top 0.5 percent). He continues to care for patients with breast and ovarian cancer and has been listed in the Best Doctors of America and in America’s Top Physicians.
Al B. Benson III, M.D., FACP, FASCO, is a professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He is also the associate director for clinical investigations at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, at Northwestern University. In addition, he is an attending physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a staff physician at Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and a consultant to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Dr. Benson earned his medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo after which he completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, Wisconsin. He was an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Illinois and co-medical director for the National Public Health Service in Champaign, Illinois. He then served as a clinical oncology and research fellow at the University of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center, where he received an American Cancer Society Fellowship Award.
Dr. Benson is active on numerous professional committees, often serving as an officer. He is a recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Statesman Award (Fellow of ASCO) and has served on a number of committees. He has been a member of the Task Force on Quality of Cancer Care, the co-chair of ASCO’s Colorectal Cancer Guidelines Subcommittee, the Stage II Colon Cancer Guidelines Panel, and the Guidelines Panel for Use of Radiofrequency Ablation for Colorectal Cancer Hepatic Metastases. He also is the chair of both the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Gastrointestinal and Data Monitoring Committees and a member of the National Cancer Institute Gastrointestinal Steering Committee. In addition, he is a past president of the Illinois Medical Oncology Society, past president of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), and an executive committee member and immediate past chair of the board of directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). He is the chair of both the NCCN Hepatobiliary Guidelines Panel and a member of the Colon, Rectal and Anal Panel and a member of the Pancreatic Cancer and Neuroendocrine Panels. He is a past president of the International Society of GI Oncology. Dr. Benson is a member of the Scientific Board of