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Becky Wexler

Lombardi's Shad Receives Prestigious Penn State Award

Pediatric cancer expert named 2007 Alumni Fellow

Washington, DC—Beloved by her patients and respected by her colleagues, Aziza Shad, M.D., chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at Georgetown University Medical Center’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, received the Penn State Alumni Fellow Award on September 28, 2007. Shad, a 1989 graduate of Penn State College of Medicine’s pediatric residency program, became the first resident alumna to receive this prestigious award. Shad was also honored at an awards dinner for Penn State alumni on October 10.

Shad’s exceptional and compassionate care has saved the lives of countless children, some of whom attended the award presentation at Penn State. “I am so honored and touched to see so many of my patients here today—I have learned so much from them,” said Shad at the award ceremony. “No matter where you are--in the depths of Africa or at a renowned medical institute—you should strive to provide the best care for kids with cancer.”

Since 1973, the Penn State alumni association’s Alumni Fellow Award has been given to select alumni who, as leaders in their professional fields, are nominated by an academic college and accept an invitation by the president of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators.

The Alumni Fellow award is the latest addition to a long list of accolades that Shad has received during her career at Georgetown. She was named the first Amey Distinguished Professor in Neuro-Oncology and Childhood Cancer at Georgetown in April 2006. Scott and Debbie Amey established the professorship to express their gratitude for the care that Shad gave their daughter, Kara, who survived brain cancer.

In addition to her work at Georgetown, Shad dedicates significant time to improving the survival rates in children with cancer in developing countries. As the director of International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research USA, she works with physicians from Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America to educate oncologists and nurses, guide patient treatments, organize workshops, and teach palliative care. Shad has been instrumental in establishing cancer survivorship programs in several Middle Eastern and Asian countries.

About Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital, seeks to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic and clinical research, patient care, community education and outreach, and the training of cancer specialists of the future. Lombardi is one of only 39 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, and the only one in the Washington, DC, area. For more information, go to

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through our partnership with MedStar Health). Our mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO).


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