Born and raised in Curaçao NA, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, Bob Pinedo, MD, PhD, now professor emeritus and a consultant to the Board of the Free University Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, remains a real powerhouse in the World of Oncology.

He has spent more than 40 years researching cancer biology, drug treatment and resistance, and it can be said that his accomplishments have helped to better understand cancer treatment.

Here in the United States he has worked with a number of pioneers in oncology – including Dr. Bruce A. Chabner, at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) – where he conducted pharmacology studies to understand the effect of certain drugs on bone marrow stem cells.

He introduced the medical community to a process of multidisciplinary treatment across hematology, surgical and radiation oncology…

…and helped develop new clinical strategies.

The work Dr. Pinedo did to accomplish his goal was recognized by his peers.

As a result, in 2014, during the 50th aniversary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), he received the David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award and Lecture.

First presented in 1970, the award recognizes oncologists who have made outstanding contributions to cancer research, diagnosis, or treatment.