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TGen's Dr. Daniel Von Hoff receives top honor from the Arizona Medical Association

Wallace A. Reed, M.D. Award recognizes innovative cancer treatments

The Translational Genomics Research Institute

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- May 22, 2015 -- Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff, Distinguished Professor and Physician-In-Chief of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), will receive one of the top awards May 29 from the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA).

Dr. Von Hoff will receive the 2015 Wallace A. Reed, M.D. Award, recognizing his accomplishments in advancing innovative cancer treatments, said Dr. Nathan Laufer, President-Elect of ArMA.

"ArMA extends it wholehearted congratulations to Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff for his many innovative contributions to the advancement of cancer care, especially in the realm of pancreatic cancer, one of the most difficult to treat of all cancer types," Dr. Laufer said.

Dr. Von Hoff's award will be presented at the 2015 ArMA President's Award Banquet Dinner, 7-9 p.m. May 29 at the Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. Seventh Street. The President's Awards Banquet is held on Friday evening of each ArMA Annual Meeting, and honors the work of physicians, community members and organizations improving health care in Arizona.

"It is a profound honor to receive this award from my fellow physicians from across Arizona," said Dr. Von Hoff, who also is Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona.

"We must continue to strive to provide the very best care for our patients. To do that, we must constantly make new discoveries to create new and innovative treatments to better their lives," said Dr. Von Hoff, who also is Chief Scientific Officer at US Oncology and at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at HonorHealth, formerly Scottsdale Healthcare, where TGen research discoveries are translated into new treatments for patients.

The Wallace A. Reed, MD Award recognizes innovation in health care by an individual or organization. It is named for the late Phoenix anesthesiologist, Dr. Wallace A. Reed, who more than four decades ago co-founded Phoenix Surgicenter, ushering in the era of outpatient surgical centers. The concept has been replicated nationwide, with more than 5,000 ambulatory surgery centers performing more than 22 million procedures each year. Dr. Reed passed away in 2014 at age 97.

The Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) is a voluntary membership organization for all Arizona medical and osteopathic physicians. It provides members with legislative advocacy, professional leadership, and 120 years worth of building community relationships.

ArMA's mission is to promote and provide leadership in the art and science of medicine; to preserve and improve the health of all Arizonans; to represent Arizona physicians in the public forum; and to defend Arizona physicians' freedom and ability to practice medicine in the best interests of their patients.

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About TGen

Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. TGen is focused on helping patients with cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes, through cutting edge translational research (the process of rapidly moving research towards patient benefit). TGen physicians and scientists work to unravel the genetic components of both common and rare complex diseases in adults and children. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities literally worldwide, TGen makes a substantial contribution to help our patients through efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process. For more information, visit: http://www.tgen.org.

Press Contact:

Steve Yozwiak
TGen Senior Science Writer
602-343-8704
syozwiak@tgen.org

About HonorHealth

HonorHealth was formed by a merger between Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network. HonorHealth's mission is to improve the health and well-being of those we serve. Together, we can make quality care more personal and accessible. Learn more at HonorHealth.com.

Press Contact:

Kaitlan Schick
Media Relations Specialist
480-323-1950
Kaitlan.Schick@HonorHealth.com

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