Award recognizes Dr. Newman’s outstanding contributions in medicine that have made an impact on health disparities of African Americans.
DETROIT – Lisa A. Newman, M.D., MPH, director of the Breast Cancer Program at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute, has been named a 2018 Top Blacks in Healthcare award recipient by BlackDoctor.org and The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.
This award recognizes Dr. Newman’s outstanding contributions in medicine that have made an impact on health disparities of African Americans – most notably, her international research to advance knowledge regarding the biologic and genetic origins of triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease that disproportionally affects African American women.
Dr. Newman joined 15 other individuals in receiving this honor April 26, 2018 at the 5th Annual Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala in Washington D.C. These highly esteemed and accomplished individuals not only maintain a demanding work/life balance, but they are progressively moving their communities forward.
An internationally known breast surgeon and researcher, Dr. Newman leads Henry Ford’s global breast cancer research program and is the founding Medical Director of the International Center for the Study of Breast Cancer Subtypes.
During the past decade, she has continued to grow her research on ethnicity-related variation in breast cancer, including triple negative breast cancer. Triple negative breast cancer has been a focus of Dr. Newman’s ongoing work in Ghana, where most cases are triple negative.
Dr. Newman encourages collaborative research nationally as well, serving as Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She also promotes academic and advocacy organizations to better serve communities in Michigan and across the U.S. She currently serves as Chief National Medical Advisor for the Sisters Network, Inc.
Additionally, she has held leadership roles with several prominent academic and advocacy organizations such as the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association of Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society, the National Institute of Minority Health and Disparities, and the American College of Surgeons.
Most recently, she received the distinction of Komen Scholar.
Dr. Newman received her Masters of Public Health degrees from Harvard University. She attended medical school and completed her general surgery residency training at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, and completed her fellowship in surgical oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
For more information about breast cancer care provided by the Henry Ford Cancer Institute, visit HenryFord.com/BreastCancer.
About the Henry Ford Cancer Institute
The Henry Ford Cancer Institute is one of the largest cancer programs in Michigan, providing care at five hospitals and six outpatient facilities, and dozens of aligned doctor’s offices throughout southeast and southcentral Michigan. Treatment for the most complex or rare cancers and the Institute’s extensive cancer research program is anchored by Henry Ford Hospital. For more information, visit www.henryford.com/cancer.
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