Lung Cancer Experts Win Wholeness of Life Award


Congratulations to Mark Kris, Chief of the Thoracic Oncology Service, and Ann Culkin, nurse on the Thoracic Oncology Service, for receiving the Wholeness of Life Award 2011 from the HealthCare Chaplaincy. The physician-nurse team was honored for balancing a commitment to scientific excellence with the compassionate care of people with lung cancer.

Memorial Sloan Kettering received many letters supporting the nomination of Dr. Kris and Ms. Culkin for the award. In fact, during the course of any given year patients send numerous letters extolling the extraordinary kindness and compassion they experience while in the care of Dr. Kris and Ms. Culkin.

The HealthCare Chaplaincy – an organization that promotes research, education, and multi-faith care – provides certified chaplains for more than a dozen hospitals in the New York City area. With the annual Wholeness of Life Award, the HealthCare Chaplaincy honors individuals at its partner institutions who demonstrate exceptional respect for the whole person – patients, family members, and colleagues alike. Honorees are also recognized for promoting health of mind, body, and spirit, and valuing the entire care team in enhancing a patient’s quality of life.