Duke Cancer Institute leadership has presented the coveted DCI Superstar Achievement Awards once again. The annual event celebrates and recognizes the achievements and exceptional service of DCI faculty, providers, and staff. Awardees are nominated by their colleagues and managers during the fall and the awards are presented in December and January.
Three deserving recipients were surprised in person at their workplaces by Executive Director of DCI Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, and DCI Chief Administrator Robin Famiglietti, PhD. Other senior leaders also joined the festivities, including DCI Chief Medical Officer Ted Alyea, MD; Senior Director of Research Strategy and Operations David Darr, MBA, MSc; Assistant Vice President of Community Oncology David Nalepinski; and DCI Chief Human Resources Officer Jeff Chitester, MS, MA.
Each "Superstar" was honored with a special crystal award engraved with their name. The fanfare at each personalized ceremony included bright gold and black balloons, flowers, cake, and most importantly an assemblage of colleagues, friends, and family showing their support.
The celebrations this year were held at Duke Raleigh Cancer Center, Duke Raleigh Hospital; Duke Cancer Center North Durham at Duke Regional Hospital; and Duke Cancer Center Durham (main campus).
Everyone (probably) managed to keep the award winners and proceedings a secret up until the very last moment.
Kastan, who marked his 11th year as executive director and is beginning his 12th, looks forward to these awards each year: “The superstar award is just a small token to recognize those people who go above and beyond. I realize that we have such extraordinary faculty and staff that everyone goes above and beyond all the time, but the DCI superstar award is to recognize those individuals who go even further.”