WASHINGTON — The American Medical Association (AMA) presented Steven Rosenberg, M.D., with the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. Dr. Rosenberg, who has been chief of the surgery branch at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., for 44 years, was selected for the AMA’s top government service award for his career-long dedication to innovation and the development of new effective immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer that are revolutionizing cancer treatment and saving lives.

Dr. Rosenberg pioneered the development of the first effective immunotherapy treatment for patients with metastatic melanoma and renal cancer.  Dr. Rosenberg continues to establish cutting edge cancer treatments, including new approaches for the application of immunotherapy in patients with common solid cancers, targeting unique mutations present in the patient’s cancer. 

“Dr. Rosenberg’s innovative development of immunotherapies have been instrumental in saving, extending, and improving the lives of millions of cancer patients throughout the world,” said AMA Board Chair Jack Resneck, Jr., M.D. “As the first physician to successfully use effective immunotherapies to treat advanced cancer, Dr. Rosenberg’s contributions to the field are unparalleled. Through his time at the NCI he has trained and inspired a generation of researchers and clinicians to continue and build on his pioneering work.” 

Rosenberg was one of eight honorees chosen this year to receive the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. The award, named after the founding father of the AMA, recognizes elected and career officials in federal, state or municipal service whose outstanding contributions have promoted the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

Dr. Rosenberg earned his B.A. and M.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard University. The AMA presented him the Dr. Nathan Davis Award last night at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. as part of the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference.

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