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October 21, 2011

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Penn Assistant Professor Named Educator of the Year by Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology

Philadelphia -- Smith Apisarnthanarax, MD, Assistant Professor and Associate Residency Program Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, was named Educator of the Year by the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO), in partnership with the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

The award honors top teachers and mentors of radiation oncology residents. Residents from radiation oncology programs nationwide were offered the opportunity to nominate one faculty member from their program for this distinction. Residents are permitted to select clinical staff, physicists, biologists or other faculty. Among the 39 selected for the award this year include faculty from physics, biology and other areas.

"Proper education and training are not only essential to the foundation of medicine, they also provide the keys to advancing the field. The award recipients have demonstrated their ability to challenge residents to progress beyond their potential," said Eric Donnelly, MD, chairman of the ARRO Senior Executive Committee. "We are honored to recognize these individuals for their contributions to the future of radiation oncology."

Apisarnthanarax is involved in the training of 15 residents. "I feel extremely honored to receive this award for something that I truly enjoy doing teaching and passing along knowledge that has been passed down to me to a really great group of residents," said Apisarnthanarax.

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