11 November 2015

IAEA's Director of the Division of Human Health receives FASTRO award for contributions to the field of radiation oncology

The German Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Friedrich Däuble, switches on the flow cytometer at Seibersdorf

Director of the IAEA's Division of Human Health, Dr. May Abdel-Wahab

The Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Division of Human Health, Dr. May Abdel-Wahab, has been awarded the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Fellow designation this year.

FASTRO, as the Fellow designation is known, honours active or emeritus members of ASTRO who have significantly added to the field of radiation oncology in the areas of research, education, patient care, and/or service and leadership.

The ASTRO fellows are those individuals who have "demonstrated their dedication to the field of radiation oncology," said Bruce G. Haffty, Chair of ASTRO's Board of Directors. "Their work has impacted and benefited patients and the field of radiation oncology in a variety of ways, including patient care, research, education, service, and leadership."

Dr Abdel-Wahab MD, PhD and 16 other Fellows were recognised by ASTRO this year. "It has been a privilege to contribute to cancer research, and to the training of radiation oncology resident physicians, our future leaders in the field," said Dr Abdel-Wahab. "As radiation oncologists, our patients entrust their lives to us and count on us." She further expressed her hopes for an end to the suffering related to lack of access to cancer treatments, including radiation therapy world-wide. "The inclusion of non–communicable diseases in the targets for Sustainable Development Goals will contribute to improvements in these areas," she added.

Dr. Abdel-Wahab assumed her role as Director of the Division of Human Health in the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications in September 2014.