IU Simon Cancer Center breast oncologist begins as ASCO president


INDIANAPOLIS -- (June 2, 2010) -- George W. Sledge Jr., M.D., a nationally recognized pioneer in the development of novel therapies for breast cancer, has started duties as president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

He will serve as president from June 2010 to June 2011.  He was previously president-elect of ASCO, the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who treat people with cancer.

Dr. Sledge is the Ballve-Lantero Professor of Oncology and professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a physician/researcher at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

Dr. Sledge joined the Indiana University School of Medicine faculty in 1983, after completing his residency at St. Louis University and his fellowship at the University of Texas, San Antonio. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and his medical degree from Tulane University. His research interests include molecular and tumor biology, growth factors, and anti-angiogenic therapy related to breast cancer.

Dr. Sledge has been recognized numerous times for his breast cancer research. In addition to being elected to the top position at ASCO, he recently received the Jill Rose Award – Breast Cancer Research Foundation (2007) and the 2006 Komen Foundation Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction. He is also listed in “America’s Top Doctors” (2001-2007) as well as "America's Top Doctors for Cancer."

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Watch Dr. Sledge on the PBS NewsHour (June 7, 2010)