TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2014) — Lodovico Balducci, M.D., leader of the Senior Adult Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, has been named the recipient of the fifth annual Enzo Piccinini Prize. The prize will be awarded on Nov. 27 during a conference held by the Enzo Piccinini Foundation and in partnership with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia School of Medicine, located in Italy.
The prize is given each year to honor remarkable individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributed significant scientific or clinical work in any health care field. Special consideration is given to doctors who pay particular attention to a more human approach to patient’s care, clinical research and education.
Balducci was awarded the honor for his dedication to the care of older patients with cancer, his pursuit of scientific investigations relevant to the management of cancer in the older adults and for his contributions to train many generations of medical students and physicians worldwide.
Balducci’s efforts at Moffitt aim to prevent and treat cancer in older people, while also improving their quality of life. The program focuses on unique issues related to aging, including missed diagnoses and day-to-day functional abilities.
The Enzo Piccinini Prize was established to honor the memory of Dr. Enzo Piccinni, an Italian surgeon who died in a car accident in 1999. Previous recipients include Dr. Mario Melazzini, medical oncologist and ALS patient, president of the Italian Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (AISLA), Dr. Elvira Parravicini, neonatologist and pioneer of one of the first hospices in the world for premature babies affected by lethal syndromes at Columbia University in New York, Dr. Mauro Ferrari, President and CEO of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston (Texas), known worldwide for his research on medical nanotechnology and its application in the field of cancer.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of their “Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.