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2018 Recipient - Dr. Aye Moe Thu Ma, MD

Dr. Aye Moe Thu Ma, MD

Dr. Ma is the Director of Breast Surgery at Mt. Sinai St. Luke Hospital and founder of the International Breast and medical Missions, Inc. She believes in delivering financially responsible, high quality breast care that is accessible for all. She expanded the breast program at St. Luke's Hospital to the underserved population in New York. In addition to regular voluntary medical missions to Myanmar, with a great team, she has taught, learned, and provided care at South Africa, Thailand, Fiji, Nicaragua and Honduras.

International Breast and Medical Mission was founded in 2012. Established six years ago, the mission has taken a total of seven surgical trips to four countries since 2012, including Myanmar (her country of origin), Fiji, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The visiting multi-disciplinary teams treat patients and provide education to local health care practitioners in their home countries, which broadens access to care. For more information on the International Breast and Medical Mission, visit their website at http://www.ibmmission.com/.

2017 Recipient - Dr. Lisa Tolnitch

Dr. Lisa Tolnitch

2017 ASBrS/Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award was presented to Dr. Lisa Tolnitch on Saturday, April 29, during the President's Reception of the Society's 18th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Dr. Tolnitch is the founder and Chairman of the Pretty in Pink Foundation, established in 2004, which supports more than 3,000 breast cancer patients, women and men, who are either uninsured or underinsured throughout 92 counties in North Carolina.  Over the past 12 years, Pretty in Pink has provided over $40 million in care for patients in the state of North Carolina.

 


2016 Recipient - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips-Reed

Dr. Rogsbert Phillips-Reed

Dr. Rogsbert Phillips-Reed, head of Metro Surgical Associates located in Atlanta and Lithonia, GA, was selected as the second recipient of the ASBrS/Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award. The award was presented on April 16, during the President's Reception of the Society's 17th Annual Meeting in Dallas. Dr. Phillips-Reed founded the nonprofit organization Sisters by Choice (SBC) in 1989. Initially formed as a support group for women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families, SBC has evolved into a multifaceted organization addressing disparities in access to quality breast care in rural and urban Georgia.

 

2015 Recipient - Dr. Brian Czerniecki

Dr. Brian Czerniecki

Dr. Brian Czerniecki, Professor of Surgery at University of Pennsylvania was selected as the first recipient of the ASBrS/Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award. The Award was presented at the Society's 16th Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. Dr. Czerniecki's was nominated by his peers and patients for his compassion and his research on breast cancer vaccines. Dr. Czernicki's patients formed a non-profit foundation, Pennies in Action, whose mission is to remove the threat of cancer one vaccine at a time.