Giants of Cancer CareĀ® Program Inductees

Head & Neck Cancer

Everett E. Vokes, MD

University of Chicago

  • Internationally renowned expert in the treatment of head and neck cancer.
  • His work has shown that intense treatment combining radiation and chemotherapy can bring locally advanced head and neck cancer under control and improve survival.
  • Treated famed Chicago chef Grant Achatz for stage 4B tongue cancer with a new first-line combination approach of chemotherapy and radiation. As a result, Achatz did not require surgery, sparing his taste buds.
  • Recipient of the new Translational Research Professorship from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, as well as the Francis L. Lederer Foundation grant for research on the malignancies of the upper aerodigestive tract.
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