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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 31, 2012


CONTACT:

Karen Mallet
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Capital Breast Care Center Appoints New Executive Director


WASHINGTON -- Wanda Lucas, MBA, has been named executive director of the Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC), a part of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. CBCC, located in southeast Washington, DC, provides culturally sensitive breast cancer screening services, and health and wellness education guided by evidence-based practices to all women in the Washington metropolitan area, regardless of their ability to pay.

“Wanda is a tireless advocate with a proven track record of leadership and hands-on collaboration with community-based organizations that are dedicated to reducing disparities in education, screening, treatment and survivorship,” says Louis M. Weiner, MD, director of Georgetown Lombardi.

Lucas has been with Georgetown Lombardi since 2007—most recently serving as lead survivor coach for the cancer control program. Prior to that, she served as CBCC’s director of health education.

“Wanda’s dedication to building relationships with community leaders and organization members will result in more women gaining access to the screening and education offered at CBCC,” says Lucile Adams-Campbell, PhD, associate director for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research at Georgetown Lombardi.

In 2011, the White House recognized Lucas as a “Champion of Change” for her breast cancer advocacy work. A breast cancer survivor, Lucas is a graduate of Project LEAD®, the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s leadership education and advocacy development program, widely considered the gold standard for advocacy training, and is a national action plan coordinator for the organization. Lucas serves on a national committee for the American Society of Clinical Oncology and is co-leader of the Georgetown Lombardi Breast Cancer Patient Advocacy Committee.

Lucas received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and her MBA from American University in Washington.

About Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar 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. Georgetown 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 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 & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical Translation and Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. In fiscal year 2010-11, GUMC accounted for 85 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.

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