Newswise — Andrew Chapman, DO, is being honored with the 2020 B.J. Kennedy Award for Scientific Excellence in Geriatric Oncology from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for his leadership and achievement in the field. Chapman is co-director of the Jefferson Senior Adult Oncology Center, Chief of Cancer Services at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC), and Enterprise SVP of Medical Oncology.

The distinguished award was established in 2007 in honor of the late B.J. Kennedy, MD, who is considered the father of medical oncology and a pioneer in the field of geriatric oncology. It recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the research, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in the elderly, and in bringing an understanding of geriatric oncology to fellow and junior faculty.

“I am humbled to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the incredible geriatric oncology team at Jefferson,” Chapman said.

Chapman helped establish the multidisciplinary Senior Adult Oncology Center at SKCC more than 10 years ago. One of the first of its kind in the U.S., the center continues to set the standard model for interprofessional care delivery for older adults with cancer. 

The Senior Adult Oncology Center provides a unique opportunity for these patients to undergo a geriatric assessment that evaluates their medical, functional, and psychological status. In a single appointment either in-person or through telehealth, members of the medical oncology, navigation, social work, geriatrics, and pharmacy teams provide personalized comprehensive care recommendations that will help patients and caregivers make an informed decision to meet their treatment goals.

The center also provides researchers the opportunity to evaluate the impact of a comprehensive geriatric assessment regarding treatment recommendations, as well as the impact of the multidisciplinary evaluation model on treatment decision development in a shared decision making environment with the healthcare team alongside the patients and caregivers. Additionally, the center offers clinical trials to older adults, a population that is often excluded in clinical research.   

Chapman is currently planning to launch a tool throughout the Jefferson Health enterprise that will educate the oncology nurse force and help them to evaluate patients and refer them to the center for a comprehensive assessment.

“On behalf of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, I’d like to congratulate Dr. Chapman on receiving this incredible recognition from ASCO,” said Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, Enterprise Director of SKCC and EVP of Oncology Services at Jefferson Health. “Dr. Chapman is a dedicated physician and researcher who understands the unique needs of senior adults with cancer. Under his leadership, the Senior Adult Oncology Center at SKCC remains at the forefront providing specialized care to this growing population of cancer patients. He is committed to providing the best care possible to all of his patients and this is a truly well deserved honor.” 

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