Steven M. Albelda, M.D.,vice chief, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division, director of Lung Research and director, Thoracic Oncology Laboratories at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has received the prestigious Wagner Medal for Excellence in Mesothelioma Research from the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (IMIG). The award was presented at the 2010 IMIG International Conference in Kyoto, Japan.

The Wagner Medal is the highest honor presented by IMIG to a leader in the field and is only awarded every two years. The award was created in honor of J. Christopher Wagner, who was a leader in the field of mesothelioma and made major contributions to the understanding of mesothelioma, its cause, and the goals for prevention.  By his clinical observations and animal studies, he was the first to establish that mesothelioma was caused by asbestos. 

Dr. Albelda has been a member of the Penn Medicine community since 1975 when he enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His clinical and research interests are primarily in thoracic oncology with a goal of developing novel approaches to the treatment of lung cancer and mesothelioma. 

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