Washington, DC -- Shawna C. Willey, MD, FACS, director of the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at Georgetown University Hospital and a member of the Breast Cancer Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center will be honored in October by two organizations for her contributions in the fight against breast cancer.
The African Women's Cancer Awareness Association will bestow the "Friend of Africa Award" at a dinner on October 30 in Washington. In notifying Willey, organizers said, “Your dedication and commitment to better the lives of women with breast cancer in Africa has not gone unnoticed. Your work at the recent medical mission to Anambra State, Nigeria is very commendable.” Willey traveled to the African nation of Nigeria to help educate women about breast cancer, screen for breast cancer and perform breast operations.
The African Women's Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA) is a nonprofit organization established in 2004 by a coalition of African immigrant women health professionals in order to address disparities in awareness, prevention and access to healthcare for African immigrant communities that face cancer and other life-threatening illness. The group has grown to encompass healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs and concerned individuals dedicated to eliminating these disparities in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
Willey will also be honored by Living in Pink along with health care advocate and author, Elizabeth Edwards. Living in Pink was founded in 2004 by two-time breast cancer survivor and mother of four, Michele Conley. Its mission is to help find a cure for breast cancer so that the next generation of women will not have to endure the emotional and physical pain of breast cancer surgery and treatment. Since its inception in 2004, Living in Pink contributions have helped to fund a variety of local and national research endeavors to further the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.
Willey and Edwards will be honored during a special luncheon on October 23 in Washington.
Willey is active in clinical research and collaborates with many Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center investigators on breast cancer research. She is immediate past-president of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Willey is interested in international health and education, and has conducted programs throughout the world, including lectures for the Breast Cancer Program for Poland and the Philippine College of Surgeons, volunteering her surgical expertise in Nigeria and consulting at the King Faisal Specialists Hospital and Research Center in Saudi Arabia.
A native of Iowa, Willey received her MD from the University of Iowa and completed her internship and residency in surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center. She lives in McLean, Va., with her husband and three children.
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 41 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 http://lombardi.georgetown.edu.
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 Georgetown’s affiliation with MedStar Health). GUMC’s 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), home to 60 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.