DEC. 4, 2012

Donaldson, Rindfleisch named AAAS fellows

Sarah Donaldson

Two medical school scholars are among the 2012 fellows named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon members of the association by their peers.

Sarah Donaldson, MD, is a professor of radiation oncology and holds the Catharine and Howard Avery Professorship. Donaldson was selected for her "distinguished contributions to the management of childhood cancer and its effect on survivorship, and visionary leadership in pioneering novel, personalized, multidisciplinary treatment strategies."

Over the past four decades, Donaldson has become an internationally recognized authority in pediatric radiation oncology, advancing therapeutic approaches for pediatric Hodgkin's disease, childhood soft tissue and bone cancers, lymphomas of the eye and other disorders. She created a treatment program for kids with Hodgkin's disease using low-dose, involved-field radiotherapy and chemotherapy that today is the standard of care and results in a greater than 90 percent survival rate, without the long-term side effects of prior treatments. She is also a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute.

Thomas Rindfleisch

Thomas Rindfleisch is director emeritus of the school's Lane Medical Library. He was selected for his "distinguished contributions to artificial intelligence in medical and space image-processing fields, and as director of four Stanford centers for research in medical informatics."

Before directing the medical library for four years, Rindfleisch spent nearly 30 years as a senior research scientist in the Stanford departments of Medicine and of Computer Science. He led the NIH-funded SUMEX-AIM and CAMIS computing resources, developing open, network-based, distributed computing services for applications in health care, including medical record systems. Before coming to Stanford in 1971, he developed some of the earliest digital image-processing technologies at the Caltech/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for unmanned space missions and for civilian applications. He is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

This year's 702 new members will be honored on Feb. 16 during the 2013 AAAS annual meeting in Boston. In addition to Donaldson and Rindfleisch, four other Stanford faculty were named fellows this year.

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