Winship Cancer Institute head and neck cancer specialist Dong Moon Shin, MD grew up in South Korea. Shin first met his mentor and fellow South Korean, Waun Ki Hong, MD, in 1985 when he was a medical oncology fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Hong is a pioneer in the treatment of head and neck cancer and lung cancer. He helped to develop cancer chemoprevention or the use of drugs to prevent or delay the onset of the disease.
Shin says Hong introduced him to other scientists and taught him how to conduct clinical trials, how to conduct team science projects, and how to analyze and report the data. More than 30 years later, Hong is still having an impact on Shin's work.
"He's been very helpful to me personally and has been a long-time supporter of our work here at Winship," Shin says.
Hong is a founding member of Winship's External Advisory Board which counsels and guides Winship's leadership team. He also played an important role in helping to shape Winship's quest and eventual application for National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center status. Hong is member of the National Academy of Medicine.