Dr. Colleen Lawton Elected President of the American Society for Radiation Oncology
Colleen A. F. Lawton, M.D., professor of radiation oncology at The Medical College of Wisconsin, was chosen by her peers as the president-elect of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
Dr. Lawton, who is the clinical director of radiation oncology at the Froedtert & Medical College Clinical Cancer Center, and the director of the radiation oncology residency program, will join ASTRO’s board of directors in October.
Dr. Lawton was named a Fellow of ASTRO in 2007. To be considered for fellowship, members must have made significant contributions to the field of radiation oncology, served in a leadership role for the organization and have been involved in the Society for at least 20 years.
A 1983 alumna of The Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Lawton also completed both her internship and residency at the Medical College. She has been a faculty member of the Medical College’s Department of Radiation Oncology since 1987.
“The election of Dr. Lawton to the Society’s highest position is a well-deserved honor,” said J. Frank Wilson, M.D., chairman and Bernard and Miriam Peck Family Professor of Radiation Oncology. “She is a highly-accomplished physician, researcher, and teacher, who has made significant advancements in the field of radiation oncology.”
Dr. Lawton will serve as president-elect of ASTRO for one year beginning in October, followed by a one-year term as president, one year as chair, and then a year as immediate past chair.
About the Medical College
The Medical College of Wisconsin is the state’s only private medical school and health sciences graduate school. Founded in 1893, it is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and service. Approximately 1,200 students are enrolled in the Medical College’s medical school and graduate school programs. A major national research center, it is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In FY 2009 -10, faculty received approximately $161 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes, of which $148 million is for research. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, College faculty direct or collaborate on more than 2,000 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,250 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 400,000 patients annually.
Founded in 1958, ASTRO is the largest radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members. The society’s mission is to improve patient care through education, clinical practice, advancement of science and advocacy.