One CoC clinical scholar departs, and another steps in

Dr. Williams

Dr. Williams

This month, Richelle Williams, MD, will complete her two years as a Surgical Oncology Scholar-in-Residence with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). Jennifer Paruch, MD, will fill that position starting in July.

Dr. Williams, who is finishing a highly successful term as a Surgical Oncology Scholar-in-Residence, came to the College after completing her third year of general surgery residency at the University of Chicago (IL) Pritzker School of Medicine, and will enter her fourth year of training this summer. An aspiring academic surgical oncologist, Dr. Williams has conducted several studies using information from the CoC’s National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), culminating in multiple peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and editorials, as well as national and international presentations. She has gained recognition as a highly adept speaker and received first prize in the resident paper competition at the 2011 Annual Symposium of the Society of Surgical Oncology.

In addition, Dr. Williams has finished the necessary course work, with distinction, for a master of science degree in health studies and will defend for her thesis before completing her clinical scholarship. “The NCDB has benefited from her acquired analytic skills and familiarity with the database,” said David P. Winchester, MD, FACS, Medical Director, ACS Cancer Programs. “Her experience in using the NCDB will serve as a basis for future enhancements and improvements to the database, and will benefit future scholars-in-residence as well as external investigators.”

Dr. Paruch

Dr. Paruch

As the incoming Surgical Oncology Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Paruch also intends to use her two years with the CoC to conduct cancer clinical research using NCDB data. Furthermore, Dr. Paruch plans to compare and/or merge data from the NCDB with that of other databases including Medicare, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Dr. Paruch received her bachelor of arts from the University of Chicago and her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. She will complete her third year as a categorical general surgery resident at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine as she embarks upon her clinical scholarship at the College.

“Dr. Paruch is regarded as a highly skilled surgical resident and brings with her a robust portfolio of basic and clinical research conducted at the University of Michigan Medical School, the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and the University of Chicago Hospital,” said Dr. Winchester.

Educational grants from Genentech, Inc. are funding the Surgical Oncology Scholar-in-Residence awards.

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