Christiana Care medical oncologist Stephen S. Grubbs, M.D., has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer.
Dr. Grubbs, managing partner of Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, was elected to a community oncology seat on the board. The ASCO position enables Dr. Grubbs to bring the perspective of the community oncologist to ASCO deliberations. He begins his term on June 1, 2012.
ASCO is governed by a 19-member board of directors who oversee the organization’s activities and strategic direction. In addition to the president and treasurer, ASCO’s comprises oncology leaders elected to represent one of five distinct areas, including the community oncology seat, within the oncology field.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Dr. Grubbs and the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center,” says Nicholas J. Petrelli, M.D., Bank of America Endowed medical director of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. “Dr. Grubbs’ vision and leadership have been instrumental in helping the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care become a national role model for cancer care.”
An accomplished researcher and author of many scientific and clinical papers, Dr. Grubbs also serves as principal investigator for Christiana Care’s Community Clinical Oncology Program. He was recently elected to the board of directors and executive committee of the newly formed Alliance of Clinical Trials in Oncology. The Alliance merges three National Cancer Institute funded research cooperative groups into one, leveraging their talents and resources to bring the latest cancer control, prevention and treatment clinical trials more quickly to patients at community cancer centers.
A graduate of Thomas Jefferson Medical College in 1979, Dr. Grubbs completed his residency and internship in internal medicine at Christiana Care from 1979 to 1982. He finished a hematology-oncology fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 1984.
During his distinguished career at Christiana Care and in private practice, Dr. Grubbs has received a number of clinical and academic appointments and honors. He received the David King Clinical Scientist Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers in 2007, and the National Cancer Institute recognized him with the Director’s Service Award in July 2011 for advising the NCI director on the Clinical Trials Advisory Committee.
A clinical assistant professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School and past president of the Medical Society of Delaware, Dr. Grubbs serves on the Delaware Cancer Consortium’s Advisory Council and chairs its Early Detection and Prevention Subcommittee.
With more than 30,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds ground-breaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer.