Kansas Cancer Center honors distinguished Doctor husband-wife duo


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Dr Priyanka Sharma and Dr Prateek Sharma, two distinguished Indian American members of The University of Kansas Cancer Center have been formally invested with endowed professorships recognizing the cancer center’s most productive faculty.

Dr Priyanka Sharma, MD, professor in the Department of Medical Oncology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and co-leader of the cancer center’s Drug Discovery, Delivery and Experimental Therapeutics research program, was invested with the Frank B. Tyler Cancer Research Professorship while Dr Prateek Sharma, MD, professor of medicine and director of GI Fellowship Training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, was invested with the Elaine Blaylock Cancer Research Professorship.

Dr Priyanka Sharma is a leading expert on triple-negative breast cancer. She has dedicated much of her career to identifying more effective therapies to treat this aggressive subtype of breast cancer.

Dr Priyanka Sharma serves as vice chair for the breast committee of SWOG and is a member of the SWOG Board of Governors and National Cancer Institute (NCI) breast cancer steering committee.

Dr Prateek Sharma is a renowned gastroenterologist and scientist focusing on Oesophageal diseases, including cancer. Currently, he is president-elect of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, serves as chair on the oesophageal Committee of World Endoscopy Organization and chairs the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy artificial intelligence task force.

“Drs Priyanka and Prateek Sharma are outstanding leaders and experts in their respective fields,” Dr Jensen said. “Through these endowed chairs, both can pursue more innovative ideas and create more interdisciplinary collaborations leading to advances in cancer care.”

The clinical researcher emphasized the influence of friends and family by saying that he was blessed in Kansas city to have a very nice community and the support of friends. Dr Sharma expressed “I remember the first 6 years of my life, “I remember the first 6 years of my life. I was working every Saturday. I wouldn’t be home. Whether I was on call or I wasn’t, I would be in my office. Priyanka was there at home, to take care of work at home and our son.  “ 

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