Ching-Hon Pui, MD

    Memphis, Tennessee, March 22, 2010

    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital pediatric oncologist receives top honor from Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. at the fifth annual National Physician of the Year Awards

    Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., of St. Jude Children's ResearchHospital, is being honored with the Clinical Excellence Award at the fifth annual National Physician of the Year Awards, organized by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

    The National Physician of the Year Awards honor physicians and the medical leadership of medical centers and hospitals who demonstrate an unwavering dedication to patients and to medicine as a whole. The Clinical Excellence Award recognizes physicians who exemplify excellence in clinical medical practice.

    Pui is the chair of the Department of Oncology at St. Jude and an American Cancer Society Professor. Additionally, he is co-leader of the hospital’s Hematological Malignancies Program; medical director of the St. Jude International Outreach China Program; and holder of the Fahad Nassar Al-Rashid Chair of Leukemia Research.

    Pui has combined his skill and experience as a translational researcher, pediatrician, educator and humanitarian to advance the cure rate and understanding of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children.

    Many of Pui’s research findings have stimulated changes in clinical practice that are now widely accepted in the global pediatric oncology community. Most notable is a series of innovative treatment protocols that helped boost ALL cure rates at St. Jude from about 70 percent in the early 1980s to an unprecedented 90 percent in the last decade. This achievement includes the use of more personalized therapy that omits cranial irradiation altogether, thus sparing patients from the devastating side effects of this treatment.

    Through his scientific and administrative leadership in various organizations, Pui has helped advance treatment in developing countries worldwide. He has also been a dedicated mentor to scores of young clinical investigators, many of whom have become model leaders in pediatric oncology.

    Pui has authored more than 700 original articles and chapters, edited seven books and monographs, and serves as section editor or editorial board member for several prestigious journals. He is also one of the most highly cited authors in clinical medicine research. Pui’s many awards and honors include elected memberships in the Association of American Physicians and the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Ranked the No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital by Parents magazine, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world. St. Jude has developed research protocols that helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened to almost 80 percent today. St. Jude is the national coordinating center for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium and the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. In addition to pediatric cancer research, St. Jude is also a leader in sickle cell disease research and is a globally prominent research center for influenza.

    Founded in 1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world, publishing more research articles than any other pediatric cancer research center in the United States. St. Jude treats more than 5,400 patients each year and is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. St. Jude is financially supported by thousands of individual donors, organizations and corporations without which the hospital’s work would not be possible.

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