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Dr. Kearney is a recipient of the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association 2021 Steve Sotsky Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding work in the field of pancreatic research by a trainee.

Joseph Kearney, MDThis award was created in memory of the father of AHPBA member, Dr. Tara Sotsky Kent. Mr. Steve Sotsky died of pancreatic cancer in September 2013. He was an ardent supporter of Dr. Kent and her husband during their surgical trainings. Mr. Sotsky recognized that ongoing research, and communication of its results, is the key to finding better treatment options for patients with pancreatic disease, and cancer specifically. He also understood the important role of the educational meetings, especially for young surgeons and residents, in advancing ideas and gaining momentum.

This annual award recognizes the outstanding work in the field of pancreatic research by a Resident and Trainee. The awards are intended to facilitate attendance at AHPBA, where they can present their research and engage in the academic community that is the AHPBA.

Dr. Kearney’s award is for his work “Tumor ecosystem differences in 75 pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients after neoadjuvant chemotherapy vs no neoadjuvant chemotherapy.”