Asian American Chamber cites Choy's achievements

Dr. Hak Choy, chairman of radiation oncology, recently received the Annual Outstanding Achievement Award in Medicine from the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Choy, holder of the Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Distinguished Chair in Therapeutic Oncology Research, was honored for his contributions toward the advancement of cancer therapy.

The internationally recognized leader in radiation oncology has spearheaded investigations of chemo-radiotherapy for the treatment of brain, lung, and head and neck carcinoma. Since the beginning of Dr. Choy's research career, he has been committed to investigating therapeutic interventions for cancer, focusing on the development of new combined chemo-radiation interventions for solid tumors, especially non-small cell lung cancer.

Dr. Choy has gained an international reputation in his work in innovative clinical trial design and execution and translational research, bridging the gap between laboratory and clinic for patients with lung cancer. He has also been appointed as chair of the lung committee for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, a national cancer study research group comprised of doctors from 250 of the major research institutions in the United States and Canada.

In 1985 he graduated from UT Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Choy did a residency in internal medicine and radiation oncology at Ohio State University Hospital, followed by a radiation oncology residency at UT Health Science Center, San Antonio. He became a full professor in eight years during his tenure at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Choy joined UT Southwestern as chairman of radiation oncology in 2003.