USF oncology fellow earns Young Investigator award for lung cancer research

Ben Creelan, MD, a fellow in the USF Health Hematology Oncology program, was recently awarded the Young Investigator Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology for his research on lung cancer.


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Dr. Creelan earned the competitive one-year, $50,000 grant for his work titled “Evading immune destruction: determining relevance of protein nitrosylation in human tumors,” which examines how lung cancer evades the immune system defenses. He was presented with the award in June at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology,

Dr. Creelan works in the Division of Hematology and Oncology under the direction of Ken Zuckerman, MD, professor of medicine and director of the USF Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program. His mentor is Scott Antonia, MD, PhD, director of the Department of Thoracic Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

Dr. Creelan earned his MD degree from the Jefferson Medical College and has completed a master’s of medical science degree at USF with a focus in clinical and translational research. He completed a Hematology Oncology Fellowship at USF at Moffitt Cancer Center and a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Translational Research through the National Institute of Health K30-sponsored SPOR program. He is currently a physician in the Department of Thoracic Oncology at Moffitt with a courtesy appointment at University of South Florida Morisani College of Medicine.