The Ruth Leff Siegel Award for Excellence in Pancreatic Cancer Research

We are honored to announce a call for nominations for the 6th annual Ruth Leff Siegel Award for Excellence in Pancreatic Cancer Research. The Pancreas Center at Columbia University and The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center have been entrusted by the Siegel family to identify the investigator who has made the most impactful contribution to the understanding and/or treatment of pancreatic cancer over the past year. The work can be in any field of pancreatic cancer research including but not limited to basic biology, population biology, public health and translational science. We are looking for an investigator who has a track record of high quality work in this field, made a seminal contribution in 2017 and is anticipated to continue contributing to our understanding of pancreatic cancer for years to come. There are no geographic, employment or academic rank restrictions for candidacy. Last year, Dr. George Miller from New York University School of Medicine was the distinguished award winner.

The selection committee will notify the successful nominee by June 15, 2018. The awardee will be expected to accept the $50,000 cash prize at a ceremony attended by the family and friends of Ruth Siegel. In addition, it is expected that the awardee will deliver a lecture at Columbia University that highlights their work in the context of our current understanding of pancreatic cancer.

If you know of a candidate whom you believe meets the criteria described above, please complete the attached form and return by mail or e-mail per the directions listed on or before June 1st, 2018. We also welcome re-applicants from 2017. For any questions about this award or the nomination process please contact the Award Coordinator, Cy Gonzalez at 212.305.9467 or by email at