MSK Awards & Appointments

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) announces the following awards and appointments:

Forbes Names Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center #2 Best Employer in New York State

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

MSK was named the second-best employer in New York State as part of Forbes’s 2020 America’s Best Employers by State list. The list is divided into 51 rankings for each state, including the District of Columbia, and was compiled by surveying 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. The surveys were conducted between October 2019 and May 2020.


David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Receives Two Healthcare Design Awards

David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care

The David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was awarded New York’s Best Project in Healthcare for 2020 by the Engineering News-Record New York as part of their annual contest. The facility was also featured in Healthcare Design magazine as a recipient of its 2020 Healthcare Design Award of Merit. Both awards recognize the Center’s innovative and empathy-driven design, hospitality-like environment, patient- and staff-centered programming, and integrated technology.


Lorenz Studer Receives Inaugural $8.95 Million Grant from Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s Initiative

Lorenz Studer

Lorenz Studer, MD, Director of Center for Stem Cell Biology at MSK, was named a recipient of an inaugural multi-institutional grant from the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) Initiative. ASAP is a newly established network focused on basic research on Parkinson’s disease. The award will be administered to five institutions, with MSK being the lead grant recipient, in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Dr. Studer will receive a total of $8.95 million over a three-year period from the ASAP initiative, which will fund MSK’s continued research into the causes and progression of Parkinson’s disease.


Kathryn Arbour Receives 2020 LUNGevity Career Development Award

Kathryn Arbour

Kathryn Arbour, MD, Assistant Attending at MSK, was named a recipient of the LUNGevity Foundation’s 2020 Career Development Award for lung cancer research. Dr. Arbour and two other recipients were given the award for their work in key areas of lung cancer research. They will each receive $100,000 each year for three years.

Dr. Arbour received the award for her study “Mechanisms of resistance to direct KRAS G12C inhibition.” She will use the award funding to understand and prevent resistance to drugs targeting the KRAS G12C mutation in patients with non-small cell lung cancer.


Elizabeth Farrat Named Winner of the CURE Media Group 2020 Finest Hour Award

Elizabeth Farrat

CURE Media Group named Elizabeth Farrat, BSN, RN, CCRN-K, Clinical Nurse IV at MSK, a winner of its 2020 Finest Hour Award. The Finest Hour Award honors the selfless achievements of an extraordinary nurse working to provide care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms. Farrat received the award for her work during the COVID-19 surge in New York, when she was redeployed to the intensive care unit (ICU) to care for patients who were critically ill with the virus. She helped implement the real-time, critical-care training of step-down registered nurses so that they were able to provide ICU care.


Jennifer Di Paula Named Recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Early Career Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award

Jennifer Di Paula

Jennifer Di Paula, Manager in MSK’s International Center, was named a recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Early Career Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award. Each year, the ACHE Regents honor outstanding healthcare executives throughout the New York metro area. Winners are nominated by their colleagues. Ms. Di Paula received the award during a virtual ACHE conference on August 27.