Springfield, Ill., June 24, 2011
– The North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) has presented
Xiao-Cheng Wu, MD, MPH, CTR of New Orleans, Louisiana and Gilbert H. Friedell,
MD of Lexington, Kentucky
with awards for substantive and outstanding contribution to cancer registration
at its annual conference in Louisville, KY.
A special award was presented this year to Dr.
Gilbert H. Friedell, Director Emeritus of the Kentucky Cancer Registry and the
first director of the MarkeyCancerCenter
at the University of Kentucky.Dr. Friedell is a nationally recognized
leader in the development of community-based cancer control programs and a
tireless advocate for providing access to health care in medically underserved
areas, particularly in eastern Kentucky.Dr. Friedell was the founder of the Kentucky
Cancer Registry in 1984.He was
instrumental in the formation of NAACCR in 1986, contributing his vision and
energy to the development of a permanent structure for this collaborative
enterprise to establish standards and build national cancer surveillance
program. NAACCR bestowed its highest honor, the Calum Muir Award for
significant lifetime achievement in cancer surveillance to Dr. Friedell in
“Dr. Friedell’s vision and leadership have
helped to establish a population-based cancer surveillance system in both Kentucky and the
nation.He is one of the true ‘founding
fathers’ of NAACCR and our national cancer surveillance program,” said Dr.
Thomas C. Tucker, Director of the Kentucky Cancer Registry and Associate
Director of the Markey Cancer Control Program.
Xiao-Cheng Wu, MD, MPH, CTR has earned the
Constance L. Percy Award for Distinguished Service. This award was officially
announced at the annual North American Association of Central Cancer Registries,
Inc. (NAACCR) conference. Dr. Xiao-Cheng Wu was recognized for her championing
of registry data for cancer control and research use as exemplified by her
leadership of the Data Use and Research Committee (DURC) as well as her
commitment to innovative and high quality research. Dr. Wu has published over
40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and served as editor of NAACCR’s Cancer
Incidence in North America since 1997, represented NAACCR on the Annual
Report to the Nation from 2004 through 2008 and originated the idea of
comparing directly coded summary stage to derived summary stage. Dr. Wu is the
first person to receive this award two times during her career. Dr. Xiao-Cheng
Wu, Associate Director of the Louisiana Tumor Registry, she can always be counted
on to give more than 100% and to do so enthusiastically and cheerfully.
The Constance L. Percy Award for Distinguished Service recognizes individuals who have contributed
exceptional volunteer service to NAACCR during the past 12 months, or sustained,
current, and long-term contributions to the organization. The award was created
to honor Constance Lebair Percy, a cancer statistics research pioneer and
founding member of the International Association of Cancer Registries. Ms.
Percy made substantial contributions to public health during her 53-year career
as a health statistician and played an integral role in helping establish the
link between smoking and lung cancer.
Established in 1987, NAACCR is a collaborative
umbrella organization for cancer registries, governmental agencies,
professional organizations, and private groups in North America interested in enhancing the quality and use of cancer
registry data. Its goal is to set standards and build consensus for the
collection of uniform cancer data across the continent. All state and
provincial central cancer registries in the United States and Canada are members.