John Wayne Cancer Foundation Shows Support For New Partnership Between John Wayne Cancer Institute And UC Irvine Medical Center By Housing Rotating Surgical Oncology Fellows

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF), whose mission is to bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer, announces support for a new affiliation between the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, a worldwide leader in multidisciplinary training in academic surgical oncology, and the UC Irvine Medical (UCI) Center by providing housing for rotating fellows. Senior Fellows now have the opportunity to expand their clinical skills at the esteemed academic medical center.   

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"UCI is delighted to partner with the John Wayne Cancer Institute on this important educational initiative," states Dr. Pigazzi, Chief of the Surgical Oncology Division and Program Director, UC Irvine Medical Center. "As the only academic Medical Center in Orange County we are honored to be able to lend the expertise of our faculty to such a talented group of young surgeons."

"The John Wayne Cancer Foundation is excited about this new affiliation with UCI and will continue funding Fellows initiatives," adds Ethan Wayne, Director, John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Through grants provided by The John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Alumni Fellows have the opportunity to further clinical research efforts in surgical oncology. Grants allow Alumni Fellows to go beyond the lab, beyond their practice, and outside of their geographic area to have the global conversations needed to advance the best cancer research around the world, and to help find a cure. This year four grants have been provided to Dr. Anthony Lucci for Developing Liquid Biopsy Profiles for Melanoma Patients Receiving PD-1 Therapies, Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Dr. Perry Shen for Ex-vivo Theranostic Nanodelivery System in Pancreas Cancer, Director of Liver and Pancreas Program at Wake Forest University Health Science; Dr. Joseph Kim for Feasibility of Endoscopic Gastric Cancer Organoids to Optimize Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy, Division of Surgical Oncology University of Kentucky Research Foundation; and Dr. Katherine Yao for Patient Values in Surgical Decision Making for Breast Cancer Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology at NorthShore University HealthSystem.

About John Wayne Cancer Foundation
Founded in 1985, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation was created in honor of John Wayne after his family promised to use his name to continue his fight against cancer. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation's mission is to bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer. By funding novel and innovative programs, aligned with the priorities of research, education, awareness and support, JWCF improves cancer patient outcomes and achieves its mission.  Fight cancer with GRIT at


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