Fox Chase Cancer Center-Temple Health Doctor/Researcher Earns American Cancer Society Honor

PHILADELPHIA (September 8, 2015) – Nestor F. Esnaola, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS, attending surgeon in surgical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center-Temple Health, has earned the 2015 Cancer Control Award from the American Cancer Society for his achievements in the field of cancer control.

As Professor of Surgery and Associate Director for Cancer Health Disparities and Community Engagement, Esnaola has led cancer education and screening efforts in various diverse communities in North/Northeast Philadelphia served by Fox Chase Cancer Center-Temple Health. He has directed efforts to define the cancer burden faced by these communities, promoted cultural competence among clinical providers and research staff, and expanded cancer research and clinical trials literacy via the “Be the Breakthrough” campaign, as well as various other programs aimed at engaging community partners in the Center’s research initiatives.

“I’m humbled and honored to be receiving this prestigious award from the American Cancer Society because it brings attention to the importance of engaging in a conversation about cancer, cancer prevention, and cancer treatment, particularly in underserved communities that need it most,” Esnaola said. “I look forward to expanding these efforts and working closely with other clinicians and investigators across Fox Chase Cancer Center-Temple Health to improve the health of our patients and our community.”

Esnaola will be presented with the Cancer Control Award at the 2015 American Cancer Society, Greater Philadelphia Area Awards Celebration on Nov. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence five consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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