Dr. Paul Okunieff Receives Award of Excellence from the Emerald Coast Medical Association

Dr. Paul OkunieffThe Emerald Coast Medical Association (ECMA) has presented its prestigious Award of Excellence to Paul Okunieff, MD, professor and chair of the UF College of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology, for lifetime achievements in the practice of medicine.

A recognized expert in therapeutic radiology and a pioneer in the field of in-vivo nuclear magnetic resonance imaging of tumors, Dr. Okunieff (right) received the ECMA award and delivered the keynote address to physician attendees at the 2024 CME Beach Retreat in Destin, Florida on January 20, 2024.

Dr. Okunieff’s career in radiation oncology research and his dedication to advancing cancer treatment and radiation safety are highlighted by the development of innovative methods for measuring radiation-induced DNA fragments in the bloodstream to estimate radiation exposure, as well as the identification of molecules offering genetically based protection against radiation hazards.

In addition to his academic and research achievements, Dr. Okunieff was recognized for his leadership roles within the medical community. He serves as the radiation oncology chair for the Southwest Oncology Group and is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Okunieff also contributes his expertise to national committees dedicated to ensuring the safety and quality of therapeutic radiation delivery.

“It Is a distinct honor to present Dr. Okunieff with this award,” said  ECMA Chair of Education Dr. Steven Eric Finkelstein. “His commitment to the highest quality patient care, research, and mentorship is inspiring.”

The Emerald Coast Medical Association (ECMA) is a professional organization committed to promoting excellence in healthcare delivery, education, and advocacy in the region. ECMA serves as a unifying force for medical professionals, fostering collaboration and innovation to enhance patient care and community well-being.


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