Goel Receives ASCO Cancer Research Award
Sanjay Goel, MB, BS, Assistant Professor (Oncology), is the recipient of the three-year, $450,000 Advanced Career Research Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to study a new form of viral therapy for colon cancer he has pioneered over the last few years. Dr. Goel's proposal, chosen for its unique, patient-oriented approach to cancer research, was the only proposal selected from 33 applications in the area of colorectal cancer.
"Dr. Goel has received one of the most prestigious awards for cancer clinical investigators with more than five years experience post-fellowship, and our patients may benefit from his research efforts in the very immediate future," said Dr. Roman Perez-Soler, Chief of the Division of Oncology. "This award brings high national visibility to our Cancer Center and to both institutions."
Dr. Goel completed his medical studies in his native India and graduated from the Einstein-Montefiore program in 2003. He was immediately recruited to work with and be mentored by Dr. Sridhar Mani to strengthen the phase I Oncology program. In a short period of time, Dr. Goel became one of the Division of Oncology's main accruers to clinical trials, generating significant revenue from research contracts. Additionally, he built a substantial clinical practice and took on administrative duties at the Weiler campus to help organize the inpatient and outpatient services.
"Dr. Goel has joined a small group of young oncologists from which many of our future medical oncology leaders will emerge," said Dr. Perez-Soler. "He is a role model for our junior faculty members who want to devote their lives to make a difference in the way cancer is treated, and everybody in the department is proud of having him as a colleague and co-worker."