The South African Society of Medical Oncology (Sasmo) and the South African Society of Clinical Radiation Oncology (Sascro) bi-annual prestigious Sealy-Falkson Award has been announced. This year, director of the Sandton Oncology Centre Dr Daniel A Vorobiof will be the recipient of the award while also delivering an honorary lecture. He will be rewarded for his distinguished career in oncology and his important contributions to the discipline nationally and worldwide.
The societies decided a few years ago to honour a member of the oncology fraternity who had excelled in the advancement of the knowledge, understanding and treatment of patients with cancer. It recognises an oncologist leader in cancer care and research, who has made a difference in the treatment of cancer patients and has elevated the standards of oncology in South Africa and beyond.
The storied Dr Vorobiof has an impressive CV. He obtained an MD in Cordoba, Argentina, and in 1980 joined the Medical Oncology Department at the University of Pretoria, where he completed a doctorate in medicine. In 1987 he was registered as a medical oncologist and for the past 24 years has been a directory at the Sandton Oncology Centre.
He has, among other things, published more than 100 peer reviewed articles in national and international oncology journals, as well as chapters in books. He is a member of several distinguished national and international oncologic societies and for many years was a member of the SASMO executive board and was its elected chairman twice.
In 2008 he received the Gynaecological Oncology Award from the Department of Gynaecology at the University of the Witwatersrand.
He is a member of the Educational Board of the Faculty of 1000 and also of the Global Melanoma Task Force.
The award will be presented to him on 29 August at the 16th national congress of Sascro and Sasmo to be held at the Champagne Convention Centre in the Drakensberg mountains.
His lecture at the congres will be titled "Malignant Melanoma, the changing face of a serial killer."