Norman Sharpless, MD, Director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has been inducted as a member of the American Association of Physicians (AAP). His induction was announced at the joint American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)/American Association of Physicians meeting in Chicago.
Dr. Sharpless, a Morehead Scholar and honors graduate of UNC and the UNC School of Medicine, is a Wellcome Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research and professor of medicine and genetics. A practicing medical oncologist trained at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Sharpless leads a 20-person cancer research laboratory. His program uses genetically engineered mouse models to study cancer and aging. His more than 100 fundamental and translational scientific articles have been published in the world’s best journals, among them Cell, Nature, New
England Journal of Medicine, Cancer Cell and Journal of Clinical Investigation. He became director of UNC Lineberger in 2014.
Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, was elected Treasurer of the ASCI. Dr. Rathmell, who was named as a member of ASCI in 2011, is an Alexander Professor for Translational Research with the UNC School of Medicine. She serves as a director of the UNC Medical Scientist Training Program, directs the Hematology and Oncology Junior Faculty Development Program and is a member of several editorial boards, including a position as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
William Y. Kim, MD, was inducted as a member of ASCI at the same meeting. Dr. Kim, a practicing medical oncologist, leads a research lab which focuses on understanding the genetic and epigenetic events involved in the initiation and progression of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and bladder cancer.
The Association of American Physicians is a nonprofit, professional organization founded in 1885 by seven physicians, including Dr. William Osler, for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” Now the Association is composed of over 1300 active members and approximately 600 emeritus and honorary members from the United States, Canada and other countries. The goals of its members include the pursuit of medical knowledge, and the advancement through experimentation and discovery of basic and clinical science and their application to clinical medicine.
ASCI is an honor society of physician-scientists, those who translate findings in the laboratory to the advancement of clinical practice. Founded in 1908, the Society is home to more than 3,000 members who are in the upper ranks of academic medicine and industry.