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Published on November 27, 2013

Gibbs Physicians Receive Awards from National Cancer Institute

Three oncologists with Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute were recognized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) during its 2013 Community Clinical Oncology Program Meeting in Washington, DC. Steven Corso, M.D., Amarinthia (Amy) Curtis, M.D. and Sharmila Mehta, M.D. were all recognized for their success in enrolling patients in NCI clinical trials.

Clinical trials are vital to cancer research as they represent next-generation treatments that are designed to prevent, detect, diagnose or treat cancer. Through clinical trials, Gibbs patients have first shot at these promising therapies before they are available anywhere else in the state. At any given time, there are more than 140 trials underway through the Upstate Carolina-Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) at Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute.

Dr. Corso and Dr. Curtis were presented with the NCI Platinum Award for enrolling more than 25 patients in nine months. Only 30 physicians in the nation received this honor. Dr. Mehta earned the Silver Award for enrolling15-19 patients. Only 35 physicians in the nation received this honor.

Steven W. Corso, M.D.

Steven CorsoDr. Corso specializes in breast cancer and hematology at Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. A member of a military family, he grew up in various locales in the U.S. and overseas before settling in Columbia, S.C. where he finished high school and then enrolled as a biology student at the University of South Carolina. After earning a B.S. in biology with honors, he earned an M.D. from the University of South Carolina, also with honors. 

He received his post-graduate training with the US Army which included a residency and fellowship performed at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He completed his military service at Fort Bragg, N.C., and joined Palmetto Hematology Oncology in Spartanburg in 1997. 

Amarinthia (Amy) E. Curtis, M.D.

Amy CurtisDr. Amy Curtis is a native of Winston-Salem who earned her medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, followed by radiation oncology training at Baylor College of Medicine. At Baylor, she was named Naresh Prashad Scholar, awarded for the highest academic achievement in the department of radiology. She joined Spartanburg Radiation Oncology in 2008.

In addition to hands-on patient care, Dr. Curtis’ clinical research focuses on intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), pediatric tumors, pancreas cancer, and renal cell cancer. She has extensively published and presented her work on the influence of co-morbidities on cancer treatments and documentation of survivorship care.

Sharmila P. Mehta, M.D.

Sharmila MehtaDr. Mehta's areas of specialty are internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology. Originally from the United Kingdom, she graduated from the State University of New York with a degree in psychology and completed her advanced training at the Medical College of Georgia. She moved to Spartanburg in 2009 to join Palmetto Hematology Oncology.

Dr. Mehta is committed to interacting with her patients and is dedicated to making the most difficult medical experiences as positive as possible. 

"It is so important for patients to be informed about—and included in—all decisions about their healthcare. Frank, open discussions are the best way to achieve treatment outcomes that enhance the patient’s quality of life," she said.

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