Head & Neck Cancer
Everett E. Vokes, MD
University of Chicago
Pioneered combination radiation and chemotherapy as first-line treatment for head and neck cancer
  • 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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Previous Inductees:
2013 | 2014
2015 | 2016
2017 | 2018
2019 | 2020