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UCLA physician-scientist to receive highest honor for advancing radiation oncology

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Dr. Michael Steinberg
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Michael Steinberg

Dr. Michael Steinberg, director of clinical affairs at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2017 Gold Medal for his outstanding lifetime contributions in the field of radiation oncology. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon members of the world’s largest radiation oncology society.

Steinberg, who is one of three leaders in radiation oncology to receive the Gold Medal this year, will accept his honor along with his fellow inductees at the 2017 ASTRO Annual Meeting on Sept. 26 in San Diego, California.

ASTRO awards its annual Gold Medal to members who have made extraordinary contributions to clinical patient care, research, teaching and service. This year marks the 41st consecutive year that ASTRO will present this accolade, and the new awardees join an exclusive class of only 81 gold medalists selected over the decades from the society’s more than 10,000 members.

“I am grateful and humbled to receive this recognition from my peers,” said Steinberg, professor of radiation oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “For me, this award celebrates the incredible advances we have achieved in radiation oncology and cancer treatment, but also underscores the continued need to combine clinical research with effective health policy to best provide patients with state-of-the-art care.”

A recognized expert in value proposition in cancer care, Steinberg is highly influential on a national level in providing input regarding health policy and economic issues on behalf of patients through his various leadership roles. He is the founding chair of the health policy council of ASTRO and, from 2010 to 2014, was ASTRO’s president and chairman of the board.

Steinberg’s clinical and research efforts throughout his career have focused on health disparities and quality assessment in cancer care, and the incorporation of new technology. A widely renowned physician and scientist, Steinberg specializes in the use of technically advanced treatments such as stereotactic body radiation therapy and MRI-guided radiation therapy for the treatment of malignancy. He publishes and speaks on issues related to health policy including quality of care, patient safety, evidence-based validation of emerging technology, healthcare economics, disparity and value in healthcare as well on a variety of oncology related clinical topics.

Steinberg is the executive vice president for affiliations and partnerships of UCLA Health where he oversees strategic activities related to external development and growth for the health system. 

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