Dr. Douglas E. Wood, The Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair, received the Rodger Winn Award for his work with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®). “Started in 2009, the Rodger Winn Award is given to an NCCN Guidelines panel member each year who exemplifies Dr. Winn’s leadership, drive, and commitment to the development of evidence-based guidelines tempered by expert judgment. The recipient provides a voice for the mission of the NCCN, to improve and facilitate quality, effective, equitable, and accessible cancer care for all patients. Specifically, the award recognizes service in the development of clinical practice guidelines, promotion of collegiality in NCCN activities, commitment to excellence, and dedication to multidisciplinary care.”
“I am truly honored and humbled by this recognition,” said Dr. Wood. “I am so appreciative of the incredible NCCN staff that I am privileged to work with, and the other volunteers that I learn from year after year. The work we do together at NCCN is so important to minimize unjustified practice variation, support clinicians to keep up to date with rapidly changing practice, educate and empower patients about their treatment options, and improve cancer care nationally and worldwide.”
Dr. Wood has been a member of the Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Panel since 1999, four years after its first guideline, and has served as Vice-Chair of this panel since 2013. He founded and has chaired the NCCN Lung Cancer Screening Guideline Panel since its inception in 2009. Under Dr. Wood’s leadership, NCCN published the first evidence-based lung cancer screening guidelines. The panel also was the first to recognize the need to assess more diverse patients with a high risk of lung cancer and positively influence healthcare policy, particularly the approval of lung cancer screening by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Wood is the third surgeon and first cardiothoracic surgeon to receive the Rodger Winn Award.