COLUMBUS — Columbus oncologist Dr. John P. Whitecar, Jr. has been recognized for his 50 years of dedication to cancer research and membership in the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).
The AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional association related to cancer research. Based in Philadelphia, the AACR focuses on all aspects of cancer research, including basic, clinical, and translational research into the etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.
Whitecar was one of 32 members of the association who were inducted into the 50-year member ranks during the association’s annual meeting in early April. He is currently in practice at Baptist Cancer Center – Golden Triangle and he has been on staff at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle since 1997.
“We offer our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Whitecar on this well-deserved recognition. He has been an integral part of our oncology team for more than two decades, and his contributions to our patients and our cancer program are immeasurable,” said Baptist Golden Triangle Administrator Paul Cade.
“We are blessed to have a physician with his insight into cancer treatment and dedication to cancer research serving the people of our region. His strong work ethic is only matched by the empathy he feels for each one of his patients,” Cade added.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Whitecar is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed both an internship and residency in Internal Medicine and was a United States Public Health Service (USPHS) trainee in hematology, all at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Whitecar then did two years of additional oncology training in the Department of Developmental Therapeutics, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston, Texas.
Whitecar served as assistant chief, Hematology-Oncology Service, Department of Medicine, U.S. Army Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston, TX. from July 1971 to June 30, 1972. He then served as chief, Oncology Service, Department of Medicine and director, fellowship program in medical oncology at Ft. Sam Houston from July 1972 to 1974.
Whitecar is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine; the American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Board in Medical Oncology; and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review.
He is currently a member of the Columbus Advisory Board of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy and is an adjunct clinical professor at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He holds membership in numerous professional medical societies and associations including the Mississippi State Medical Association, the Prairie Medical Society, the Mississippi Society of Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
He and his wife Kathleen have four adult children, two of whom are physicians.