Women in Oncology

Breast Cancer

For Breast Cancer Specialist Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH, Medicine Is a Family Tradition

Ronald Piana  / October 10, 2017

Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH Breast cancer specialist Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH, was born in Manhasset, Long Island, and grew up several miles east in Muttontown, New York. Since tiny Muttontown didn’t have its own school system, Dr. Partridge went to high school in nearby Locust Valley, a tow...

Prostate Cancer
Kidney Cancer
Bladder Cancer

Maha Hussain, MD, FACP, FASCO, Credits Collaboration for Her Contributions to Genitourinary Cancer

Ronald Piana  / September 10, 2017

Internationally recognized genitourinary oncologist Maha Hussain, MD, FACP, FASCO, was born and reared in Baghdad, Iraq. “I came from a family that stressed the value of higher education and especially medicine. I have three uncles who are physicians, and my father encouraged my three siblings and m...

Issues in Oncology
Health-Care Policy

First Oncologist Elected AMA President, Barbara L. McAneny, MD, Advocates for Access to Health Care for Everyone

Ronald Piana  / August 10, 2017

Barbara L. McAneny, MD Since the founding of the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1847, Barbara L. McAneny, MD, is the fourth woman and first oncologist to be elected President of the venerable medical association. “I’m a generic Midwesterner. I was born in Missouri and raised in Madis...

Breast Cancer

Monica Morrow, MD, Tumbled Gender Barriers to Build a Career in Surgical Oncology

Ronald Piana  / June 25, 2017

Monica Morrow, MD Breast cancer surgeon Monica Morrow, MD, came from a town in the far northeast reaches of suburban Philadelphia. “I guess because there were only two girls in our family, I was the son my father never had, and he reared me that way. When we were playing catch, if I missed ...

Jennifer Lycette, MD, Takes Pride in Delivering Cancer Care to Those Most in Need in Northwest Oregon

Ronald Piana  / January 25, 2017

The idea of becoming a physician satisfied my love for science and my desire to provide service to people in need. — Jennifer Lycette, MD Born and reared in Anchorage, a city located in Southcentral Alaska, farther north than St. Petersburg, Russia, Jennifer Lycette, MD, ...

Gynecologic Cancers

Elizabeth M. Swisher, MD, Finds Juggling Research Projects and Clinical Care Improves Both

Ronald Piana  / December 10, 2016

Elizabeth M. Swisher, MD, Medical Director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, enjoys developing long-term patient relationships and helping patients who are confronted with cancer and terminal issues. She is particularly interested in the genetic...


Susan M. O’Brien, MD, Embraces the Challenge of Balancing Patient Care With Clinical Trial Investigation

Ronald Piana  / October 10, 2016

One of my current goals is to help find ways in which the collaborative efforts of academia and the pharmaceutical industry can expedite the drug development and approval process. — Susan M. O’Brien, MD Susan M. O’Brien, MD, one of the nation’s foremost leukemia experts,...

Surgical Oncologist Quan P. Ly, MD, FACS, Flees From Vietnam and Finds a Home at the University of Nebraska

Ronald Piana  / August 25, 2016

After the Vietnam War, close to a million refugees, known as “boat people,” fled Vietnam, hazarding the open ocean on dangerously overloaded vessels. The term “boat people” is often used generically to refer to all the Vietnamese (about 2 million) who left their country by any means between 1975 and...

Issues in Oncology

The Importance of Supporting the Role of Women Leaders in Oncology

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO  / November 25, 2015

I am honored to be the 52nd President of ASCO and thrilled to have followed in the steps of six remarkable women to hold this important leadership position in a professional Society that represents nearly 40,000 oncologists around the world caring for people with cancer. My six female predecessors a...

Palliative Care

Diane E. Meier, MD: From Early Lessons in Critical Thinking to 'Palliative Care Everywhere' 

Ronald Piana  / August 15, 2013

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.  —Helen Keller, Optimism, 1903 Shortly past 8:00 AM on July 1977, Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, began the first day of her medical internship. Within minutes she would experience another first: the death of a patient ass...