Doctor from Pine Bluff honored


A Pine Bluff native is among three physician-scientists from the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., chosen as the 2014 John William Pope Clinical Fellows.

Dr. David Chism, MD, MSc, from Pine Bluff was awarded along with Drs. David Johnson, MD, MPH; and Christopher Tignanelli, MD. The award honors the best young physicians and scientists at UNC Lineberger.

Each will receive a $5,000 award sponsored by The John William Pope Foundation which jumpstarts careers of clinical fellows and enhances clinical research at UNC Lineberger.

Chism has been working on a project that identified the intrinsic molecular subtypes of bladder cancer, revealing that the cancer had genetic similarities to the subtypes of breast cancer. Chism also developed a multi-center clinical trial for a cancer drug, a spokesman said.

Chism is a son of Moses and Forrestine Chism of Pine Bluff. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1993, the University of Tennessee at Memphis College of Medicine and Surgery in 2008 and completed his residency in internal medicine at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 2008–2011.

On June 13, Chism completed his specialist work in oncology and hematology at North Carolina University and will be moving to Atlanta, Ga., in August to join the staff at Emory University Hospital.