Dr. George Laramore Received NAPT Lifetime Achievement Award
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. George Laramore is the recipient of the 2019 National Association for Proton Therapy Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes pioneers in the field of particle therapy who have brought honor and distinction to the field. Dr. Laramore will join an esteemed group of recipients including Dr. Herman Suit, Dr. James Slater, Dr. James Cox, Bob Marckini, and Len Arzt.
Dr. Laramore led numerous clinical trials, both early phase and randomized trials to test the value of neutron therapy for patients. As an author or co-author of 14 clinical trials examining neutron therapy, Dr. Laramore is one of the foremost clinical trialists in particle beam therapy. Further underscoring his reputation in the field of particle beam therapy, in 1997, Dr. Laramore was issued a patent for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy Enhancement of Fast Neutron Radiotherapy. Additionally, Dr. Laramore serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Institute for Nano and Molecular Medicine at the University of Missouri and is helping them to develop a program in boron neutron capture therapy. Dr. Laramore was a tireless proponent of bringing proton beam therapy to the Pacific Northwest. As a steadfast believer in the science of proton beam therapy, in March 2013, the SCCA Proton Center opened for treatment in Seattle, due in large part to Dr. Laramore’s tireless advocacy.
Dr. Laramore served as the founding medical director of the SCCA proton center. In this capacity, he continued his pursuit of meaningful scientific investigation of particle beam therapy, serving as the PI for the cooperative group proton trials and prospective registries at the center. Additionally, Dr. Laramore serves on the board of the Proton Cooperative Group (PCG) and is the institutional representative for the Particle Therapy Cooperative Group (PTCOG). Due to his efforts, over 90% of the patients receiving care at the SCCA Proton Center are either enrolled on a clinical trial or prospective data collection registry. Dr. Laramore’s is one of the leading academicians in all of radiation oncology. Although his research has centered on particle beam therapy, he is also a world expert in the radiotherapeutic management of Head and Neck Cancers. He has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers and a definitive textbook entitled Radiotherapy of Head and Neck Cancer.