Dattatreyudu Nori, professor and chairman of the Radiation Oncology Department at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell Medical Center has been given the 'Tribute to Life' honor by the American Cancer Society (ACS). The honor was bestowed by Don Distacio, regional director of the ACS
The 'Tribute to Life' honor is being given to Nori in recognition of all his contributions to cancer research, patient care and treatment and education for the past one and a half decades, said Distacio before giving the honor. The last time the honor, one of the highest given by the society, was bestowed was three years ago.
'I will support American Cancer Society's goal of reducing the incidence of cancer by 25 percent and mortality by 50 percent by 2010,' Nori said accepting the honor. The doctor from Andhra Pradesh said this was not only a recognition for his contributions to cancer research, but a challenge for coming out with new research in future.
He was felicitated at a gala dinner in Great Neck in Queens in the presence of over 300 physicians and other guests, including patients who have been treated by Nori over the past two and half decades.
Dr. Nori is one of the world's leading authorities in the subspecialty of brachytherapy. In 1979 he was the first physician in the United States to work with a computerized brachytherapy treatment system, using it to develop new techniques through clinical research. He was instumental in the development and successful application of brachytherapy, the implantation of radioactive seeds to combat cancer. He developed and popularized the transperineal brachytherapy technique, a non-surgical approach for seed implantation, which not only has improved the quality of life for men with"