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CoC Annual Cancer Research Paper Competition

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) hosts an annual paper competition for physicians-in-training to foster the importance of oncologic research in support of its mission. Judging is based on originality, scientific merit, and clinical relevance to oncology and the mission of the CoC.

2021 Cancer Research Paper Competition

Details about the 2021 Cancer Research Paper Competition are now available.

How to apply

2020 Cancer Research Paper Competition Winners

First Place Winners

Eugene Cone, MD

Eugene Cone, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital

Paper title: Effects of delays in cancer treatment on survival outcomes

Awarded $1,000 honorarium. Eligible for publication in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons

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Xiang Gao, MD, MPH

Xiang Gao, MD, MPH
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Paper title: Cancer treatments in hospitals by Commission on Cancer accreditation and rurality

Awarded $1,000 honorarium. Eligible for publication in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Presentation | Abstract


Runner Up

Susanna de  Geus, MD, PhD

Susanna de Geus, MD, PhD
Boston Medical Center

Paper title: Volume of complex cancer operations near the pancreas favorably influences pancreaticoduodenectomy outcomes at low-volume pancreas surgery centers

Awarded $500 honorarium.


Honorable Mentions

Brian C. Brajcich, MD
Paper title: Association Between Surgical Technical Skill and Long-Term Survival for Colon Cancer
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Rebecca Carr, MD
Paper title: Anastomotic recurrence after esophagectomy: is the game over?
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J. Bryan Iorgulescu, MD
Paper title:  Effectiveness of HER2-Targeted Antibody Therapy in HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Brain Metastases: A National Analysis
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David A. Mahvi, MD
Paper title: Decreased Recurrence in Sarcoma Patient-Derived Xenografts Using Paclitaxel-Eluting Polymer Films
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Anthony J. Scholer, MD
Paper title: Exploring the Genomic Landscape of Hepatobiliary Cancers to Establish a Novel Molecular Classification
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Paper title: Logistic Regression Modeling as a First Step for Machine Learning to Guide the Surgical Care of Early-Stage Melanoma
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Paper title: Assessing Personalized Melanoma Risk by Using Machine Learning to Predict Recurrence
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