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David King Community Clinical Scientist Award

headshot-Paul-Hansen-200x240Paul D. Hansen, MD, FACS
Liver and Pancreas Surgeon, Hernia Surgeon, General Surgeon, Providence St. Joseph Health, Portland, Oregon

Dr. Hansen will discuss his pioneering research in minimally invasive approaches to major liver and pancreas surgery and the promise it holds for improving the quality of care, the patient experience, and potentially reducing healthcare costs.

begin-quoteI spent 10 years in surgical training, developing the technical skills I would use for a career in Minimally Invasive and Liver and Pancreas Surgery. My real education, however, came over the last 15 years of my practice where I have learned to apply these skills individually to patients. Each patient presents a unique set of challenges, both medical and social. Meeting my patients and taking the time to understanding them and their desires and expectations ultimately help assure that they get the best outcome possible.


The David King Community Clinical Scientist Award recognizes active community clinical research leaders. Award winners have demonstrated leadership in the development, participation, and evaluation of clinical studies and/or are active in the development of new screening, risk assessment, treatment, or supportive care programs for cancer patients.

This prestigious award is named after David K. King, MD, FACP, an ACCC past president, who passed away after a brief battle with cancer. Dr. King spent his entire career caring for individuals with cancer and advocating for access to quality care, while also championing the Community Clinical Oncology Program and the value of clinical research in the community setting.

Selection Process

The Award Selection Committee reviews the applicants and nominees and selects the candidate to recommend to the Board of Trustees for approval. The winner is then notified and recognized at the 36th National Oncology Conference in the fall.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominee MUST be able to attend and personally accept award at the National Oncology Conference.
  • Nominee must have proven to be a leader in clinical trials for the development, participation and evaluation of studies (for example, research including screening and treatment, risk assessment, treatment, supportive care).
  • Nominee has developed new screening, risk assessment, treatment, or supportive care programs for cancer patients.

Award Winner Recognition

The David King Community Scientist Award recipient is recognized on stage at the ACCC National Oncology Conference in the fall. The winner receives the following:

  • $1,000 cash award plus a plaque
  • Travel expenses (round-trip coach airfare, 2 nights hotel accommodations, meals, parking, mileage)
  • Conference registration fee waived
  • Featured in press release to local and national outlets
  • Acknowledgment through the ACCC website, electronic communications, and social media platforms

Questions? Please email Betsy Spruill, Leadership Relations Manager, ACCC, or call 301.984.9496, ext. 206.

View Past Winners