Dr. Armitage named a giant in the cancer field

June 08, 2018

Image with caption: From left: Robert Goldsmith from OncLive, James Armitage, M.D., Kanti Rai, M.D., from Northwell Health and Pat Borgen, M.D., chair for Giants of Cancer Care®.

From left: Robert Goldsmith from OncLive, James Armitage, M.D., Kanti Rai, M.D., from Northwell Health and Pat Borgen, M.D., chair for Giants of Cancer Care®.

A legendary oncologist for UNMC/Nebraska Medicine, James Armitage, M.D., has been selected as one of the 2018 Giants of Cancer Care® by OncLive®. He is one of 21 inductees this year. Inductees are respected health care professionals who advance the field of oncology by their contributions in research and clinical practice.

The ceremony was held May 31 during a celebration at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

"Each Giants of Cancer Care® inductee continues to help propel the field of oncology forward through their commitment to innovative and groundbreaking contributions in cancer treatment and research," said Michael Hennessy Jr., president of MJH Associates' Oncology Specialty Group, parent company of OncLive®.

OncLive® is a digital platform of resources for practicing oncologists, that offers oncology professionals information to help provide the best patient care.

Nominated by the oncology community, all finalists are selected by a seven-member advisory board of world-renowned oncologists. The finalists in each category are then voted on by a 100-plus member selection committee comprising the nation's leading physicians in the oncology field.

A 1973 graduate of the UNMC College of Medicine, Dr. Armitage started the bone marrow transplantation program at the University of Iowa in 1979. He has practiced at UNMC/Nebraska Medicine since 1982, serving as chief of the division of oncology/hematology (1986-89); chair of the department of internal medicine (1990-1999); and dean of the College of Medicine (2000-2003). He presently holds the position of the Joe Shapiro Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Armitage served as president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in 1996-1997 and as president of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) in 2000-2001.

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Betty Crawford
June 19, 2018 at 2:58 PM

Congratulations Dr. Armitage! I am one of your success stories. I was referred to you in 1995 when my NonHodgkins Lymphoma returned. My bone marrow transplant was in June of that year. Dr. Vose and all of the staff were so caring and dedicated. It was a rough summer in Omaha for me. But, the transplant worked and in the last 23 years I have seen two of my children graduate high school, four graduate college, all four get married and the birth of seven precious grandchildren. I am very blessed to have been treated by you and your team. Thank you for all that you do. I am truly appreciative! Betty Crawford

Zvi Wilamowsky
June 11, 2018 at 2:24 PM

Most deserved. I met Dr. Armitage while being treated in 2010; he walked into my room just to see how I was doing and I almost jumped out of my skin. By then his reputation had reached to the heavens. He is as nice a person as he is a great and innovative physician. May he continue in good health for many, many years. Zvi Wilamowsky

Cindy Skarda
June 08, 2018 at 2:34 PM

Congratulations Dr. Armitage!

Julia Bridge
June 08, 2018 at 2:01 PM

Congratulations! A tremendous honor!

Keith Swarts
June 08, 2018 at 10:26 AM

Congrats! Well deserved! You are truly a giant in your field. Plus have really brought recognition to UNMC/NEB MED and the state of Nebraska.

Tom O'Connor
June 08, 2018 at 10:05 AM

Wow....what a great honor! Congrats to one of UNMC's all-time greats! Tremendous recognition for an incredible career.

Kimberly Klinetobe
June 08, 2018 at 9:49 AM

Congratulations Dr. Armitage!

Kai Fu
June 08, 2018 at 8:38 AM

Dr. Armitage: Congratulations! Well-deserved. Kai