Monica Morrow, Chief of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Breast Surgical Service, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Award and Lecture from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Dr. Morrow is the first surgeon and the first person from Memorial Sloan Kettering to receive the award, which was created in 2007 to recognize researchers who are advancing the field of breast cancer through clinical or translational efforts and who are also excellent mentors.
This annual award was named after Gianni Bonadonna as a tribute to his outstanding contributions in the field of cancer research. Dr. Bonadonna was a research fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering from 1961 to 1964.
“Monica’s commitment to evidence-based surgery is not only influential, but inspirational,” says Larry Norton, Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Medical Director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center. “Her impact in this regard is the essence of mentorship at its most productive level.”
Dr. Morrow will receive the award at ASCO’s 2012 Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco in September, where she will deliver a lecture on her research. As part of the award, Dr. Morrow will mentor a fellow who will receive the Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Research Fellowship, a one-year, $50,000 grant to enable a collaboration with Dr. Morrow on a research project.
A leader in breast cancer medicine
Dr. Morrow, who holds the Anne Burnett Windfohr Chair of Clinical Oncology, is a surgical oncologist who dedicates her practice to treating breast cancer. She has led several large, multicenter clinical trials that have contributed to changes in the standard of care for patients with breast cancer.
On March 24 she will become President of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the professional organization for general surgeons who specialize in cancer treatment. Her current research involves investigating how treatment choices for breast cancer surgery are made and applying new technology to local breast cancer therapies.
“Dr. Morrow is one of the leading breast cancer surgeons in the world and an international thought leader in the field,” says Peter T. Scardino, Chair of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Department of Surgery. “We were fortunate to recruit her to lead our Breast Cancer Surgical Service five years ago. The Bonadonna award is further recognition of her enormous contributions to our understanding and treatment of breast cancer and her commitment to the education of the next generation of physicians who will care for these patients.”