2020 ACCC Clinical Research Award

The Clinical Research Award recognizes individuals whose research has significantly and positively impacted the oncology patient, family, and/or community.


The 2020 award recipient is Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Ensign Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) & Professor of Pharmacology; Chief of Medical Oncology, Yale Cancer Center & Smilow Cancer Hospital; Associate Director for Translational Research, Yale Cancer Center; Interim Director, Yale Center for Immuno-oncology, Yale Cancer Center. Dr. Herbst has worked over several decades as a pioneer to identify biomarkers and bring novel targeted treatments and immunotherapies to patients, serving as principal investigator for numerous clinical trials testing these agents in advanced stage lung cancers.

His work led to the approval of several therapies that have revolutionized the field and greatly improved patient survival.  His work on "umbrella” trials spurred FDA approvals of targeted therapies and new cancer drugs. Nationally, he works closely with public-private partnerships to develop large master protocol clinical studies, such as Lung-MAP.

“Dr. Herbst was selected for this award based on his distinguished and effective accomplishments in lung cancer research, having successfully integrated biology and laboratory research, team- based science, broad collaboration, and community, patient, public, and private partnerships that have served as a road map and role model for others. The work of Dr. Herbst and his team has importantly led to the approval of several treatments that have revolutionized lung cancer care, improved patient survival, and changed patient expectations.” – Dr. Randall A. Oyer, MD, ACCC 2020-21 President

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2020 ACCC Clinical Research Award
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Open to view video. Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Ensign Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) & Professor of Pharmacology; Chief of Medical Oncology, Yale Cancer Center & Smilow Cancer Hospital; Associate Director for Translational Research, Yale Cancer Center; Interim Director, Yale Center for Immuno-oncology, Yale Cancer Center