Established in 2008 by Nancy and Duncan MacMillan

A recipient of the Hawaii Award for Literature, the Elliott Cades Award for Literature, and numerous other prizes and distinctions, IAN T. MacMILLAN served as the fiction editor for the Pacific Journal of International Writing for many years. Mr. MacMillan was also a celebrated professor of English at the University of Hawaii, where he taught creative writing from 1966 to 2008. As a fiction writer, Ian MacMillan authored eight novels and five short story collections and made over 100 appearances in literary and commercial magazines. His works were frequently honored for literary excellence including the Associated Writing Programs Award, the O. Henry Award, Pushcart Prize, a Best American Short Stories Award, and the 1992 Hawai`i Award for Literature. His novel, Village of a Million Spirits, won the 2000 PEN-USA-West Award for Fiction. Among Ian MacMillan’s later novels are The Braid and The Bone Hook, both set in Hawaii. Mr. MacMillan's ninth novel, In The Time Before Light, was published in 2010.


DANIEL A. LAHERU, MD, the inaugural Ian T. MacMillan Professor of Clinical Pancreatic Cancer Research, is an associate professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the clinical director, Division of Gastrointestinal Oncology and co-director, Skip Viragh Center for Pancreas Cancer Clinical Research and Patient Care. He specializes in translational research toward the development and testing of new therapies in pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Laheru is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Hepatobiliary Cancers Panel. Within the American Society of Clinical Oncology, he is a member of the Non Colorectal Cancer Education Committee as well as GI ASCO Program Committee Member serving as cair of the Pancreatic Cancer Program in 2010.

A graduate of the University of Utah, Dr. Laheru received his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine and completed his fellowship in medical oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.