Fox Chase Cancer Center Welcomes Dr. Vanessa B. Wookey

PHILADELPHIA (July 25, 2022)—Fox Chase Cancer Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Vanessa B. Wookey, MD, as an assistant professor in the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program.

Wookey earned her medical degree in 2015 from the Sanford School of Medicine at The University of South Dakota and went on to an internal medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from South Dakota State University.

Wookey earned her medical degree in 2015 from the Sanford School of Medicine at The University of South Dakota and went on to an internal medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from South Dakota State University.

After her residency, Wookey went on to complete her hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Before coming to Fox Chase, Wookey completed an advanced gastrointestinal oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Over the course of her academic career, Wookey has achieved multiple honors, including acceptance into the Scholarship Pathways Program, earning the Avera Health Scholarship, and the SDSMA DakotaCare Scholarship.

Wookey has authored multiple articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed publications. She currently belongs to the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

In addition to her academic achievements, Wookey has held various teaching and leadership positions at both South Dakota State University and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She also has an extensive history of community service, including work at the Coyote Community Clinic as a Student and Physician Volunteer Coordinator, and vice president of her local chapter of the Christian Medical Dental Association.

Wookey will begin her tenure at Fox Chase on August 1.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence five consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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