Washington University physician Joshua Rubin, MD, PhD, pediatric neuro-oncologistOn June 6, Washington University physician Joshua Rubin, MD, PhD, pediatric neuro-oncologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, received the Pioneer Award from the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF). The award was presented at the Foundation’s 16th Annual Dream & Promise Awards Benefit held in New York City.

The Pioneer Award honors a preeminent pediatric neuro-oncologist or neurosurgeon whose career has demonstrated exceptional patient care and research on behalf of children with central nervous system malignancies. 

Dr. Rubin was chosen to receive the 2018 Pioneer Award because of his extraordinarily compassionate care of these children and because his research targets understanding why and how pediatric brain tumors develop and persist.

“Dr. Rubin has served with distinction as CBTF’s medical advisor. Now we are delighted to present him with the Pioneer Award. As a clinician and research scientist, Dr. Rubin exemplifies all of the qualities the CBTF Board seeks to acknowledge with this award, among them his prodigious research acumen and great human compassion,” says Gary D. Jaworski, PhD, CBTF president.

“It’s an extraordinary honor to receive the Pioneer Award from the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation,” says Dr. Rubin. “The organization’s tireless devotion to the children and families affected by pediatric brain tumors has increased cure rates and improved survivors’ quality of life. To be recognized by the Foundation is particularly meaningful to me."  

CBTF created the Pioneer Award 16 years ago at its inaugural Dream and Promise Awards Benefit to raise public awareness of the remarkable skill and courage of physicians who treat and work to understand brain tumors in children. Each year the CBTF Board of Directors conducts a national review of specialists who work in brain tumor research and care, selecting as award recipients those with outstanding accomplishments in the field.  

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