AACR-Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cancer Research Recipients

This award recognizes outstanding achievements in clinical cancer research.

22nd Annual Award Recipient
Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Garber delivered her award lecture titled "Cancer Genetics Comes of Age" at the AACR Annual Meeting 2017 in Washington, D.C. The award presentation and lecture were held Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the Washington Convention Center. 

The Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award was established in 1996 to recognize outstanding achievements in the field of clinical cancer research. It is named for the late Dr. Joseph H. Burchenal, honorary member and past president of the American Association for Cancer Research and pioneer in the development of chemotherapeutics for the treatment of cancer.

Dr. Judy E. Garber is honored for her  seminal contributions to the field of clinical cancer research. Her work has advanced the genetic understanding of hereditary cancer syndromes, the development of novel approaches to identify and monitor high-risk individuals, and the design and implementation of new cancer prevention and treatment strategies for breast cancer.

Dr. Garber’s established the Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic at the Dana-Farber Cancer Insitute, the first program of its kind, creating a new clinical field that has changed the practice of cancer medicine. She has led studies of epidemiology, cancer surveillance, cancer genetics service delivery, and chemoprevention in hereditary cancers. These landmark achievements have earned Dr. Garber a well-deserved reputation as an international authority and leader in the field of cancer research and clinical care.

Dr. Garber is the director of the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She received her MD and MPH in 1981 from Yale University School of Medicine. She served her internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, followed by fellowships in hematology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, medical oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and biostatistics at the National Cancer Institute. She joined Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a fellow in 1985, and now works as a medical oncologist and clinical cancer geneticist.

Dr. Garber is a past president and current member of the Foundation Board of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and also a fellow of the AACR Academy. She serves on the National Cancer Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute and was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2013. Dr. Garber also serves as the chair of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) Scientific Advisory Board.

Award Recipients

  • 2017: Judy E. Garber
  • 2016: John C. Byrd
  • 2015: Elizabeth M. Jaffee
  • 2014: John F. DiPersio
  • 2013: Hagop M. Kantarjian
  • 2012: Lawrence H. Einhorn
  • 2011: Ching-Hon Pui
  • 2010: Henry T. Lynch
  • 2009: W. Marston Linehan
  • 2008: Joseph R. Bertino
  • 2007: Kenneth C. Anderson 
  • 2006: Merrill J. Egorin
  • 2005: Jimmie C. Holland
  • 2004: Clara D. Bloomfield
  • 2003: David S. Alberts
  • 2002: Lee M. Nadler
  • 2001: Rainer F. Storb
  • 2000: Waun Ki Hong
  • 1999: John Mendelsohn
  • 1998: Bernard Fisher
  • 1997: Ronald Levy
  • 1996: Samuel A. Wells Jr.