The Association of Community Cancer Centers recently recognized Patrick J. Flynn, MD, a hematologist-oncologist with Minnesota Oncology and a longtime medical provider at Northfield Hospital, for his leadership in clinical cancer research.
Dr. Flynn received the David King Community Clinical Scientist Award at the 39th national meeting of the Association of Community Cancer Centers in Washington, DC March 8. Award winners are physicians who have demonstrated leadership in the development, participation and evaluation of clinical studies and/or are active in developing new screening, risk assessment, treatment or supportive care programs for cancer patients.
Dr. Flynn has been vigorously engaged in clinical research for many years, having served as principal investigator for many Metro-Minnesota CCOP and NCI clinical trials. Clinical trial accruals have risen from 50-500 patients per year under Dr. Flynn’s leadership, achieving success through a consortium of physicians, clinics and hospitals that cover the entire metropolitan Twin Cities and beyond.
“My goal has been to take the research to where people live rather than expect people to travel to the research,” said Dr. Flynn. “I plan to continue my efforts to promote cooperative research by playing a direct role at the national groups.”
Dr. Flynn is familiar to many families in the Northfield area. He has been seeing patients in Northfield since 1986. He currently sees patients in clinic at Northfield Hospital’s Cancer Care & Infusion Center each week.