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The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation congratulates the 2015 Grant recipients. The Grants were presented at 16th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation's Annual Meeting April 29 - May 3, 2015 in Orlando, FL.

2015 Foundation Grant Recipients


Conference Grants:

2015 Breast Cancer Symposium
Philip Bonanno, MD, Director, The Breast Institute and Integrated Cancer Care

Northern Westchester Hospital, Mount Kisco, NY

Grant Focus: Sponsorship of an annual multidisciplinary educational breast health symposium featuring national experts in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. The symposium attracts leading experts in the field and provides educational sessions to promote the most up-to-date advances and developments in breast health to the physicians, surgeons, nurses and social workers who provide care to those living with and surviving breast cancer.


14th Annual Integrative Medicine Conference

Hope Nemiroff, Executive Director
Breast Cancer Options, Kingston, NY

Grant Focus: This grant will help sponsor an annual conference on self care and support for cancer patients which focuses on several core areas including diet and lifestyle for breast cancer prevention, evidence-based iterative therapies, integrative modalities that improve symptoms and enhance the well-being, functioning and quality of life of cancer patents and deducting the environmental links to breast cancer.


Education Grants:

Nurse BEDI: Spanish Version

Rena Kass, MD, Associate Professor and Co-Director

Penn State Hershey Breast Center, Hershey, PA

Grant Focus: This grant will be used to translate Nurse BEDI into Spanish (text and audio). Nurse BEDI is the first personalized e-learning tool for breast cancer patients that aids in shared decision making between the patient and the surgeon so that all breast cancer patients understand their diagnosis and know the available treatment options.


Stimulating Awareness of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer in Non-Physician Professional Staff

Alyssa Throckmorton, MD, Chair, Breast Disease Specific Group
Baptist Cancer Center, Memphis, TN

Grant Focus: The goal of this project is to test the impact of an awareness and educational program for non-physician professional staff in a medical oncology office to improve identification of patients who meet criteria for genetic counseling and testing for inherited susceptibility for breast and ovarian cancer.


Research Grant:

Development of a Technique for Endoscopic Nipple Sparing Mastectomy to Improve Surgeon Ergonomics and Patient Outcomes

Rubie Sue Jackson, MD, MPH, Director, The Breast Center

Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD

Grant Focus: This research project to develop an endoscopic approach to NSM seeks to address the ergonomic challenges experienced by surgeons when performing NSM. The grant will be used during the first phase of the project – to develop the technique for endoscopic NSM in cadaveric models.

Travel Grants:

ONS Poster Presentation on Adoption of Radioactive Seed Localization
Kim Grindrod, BSN, RN, OCN, CBCN, CBPN-IC, Nurse Navigator
Kalispell Regional Healthcare, Kalispell, MT

Grant Focus: This grant provides travel funds for a Nurse Navigator to attend the 40th Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress in Orlando, FL and provide a poster presentation titled: Transition from Wire Localization to Radioactive Seed Localization in a Community Hospital.


Advancing Breast Cancer Research and Knowledge

Melissa Mallory, Surgery Research Fellow
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
, Boston, MA

Grant Focus: This grant provides travel funds for a Surgical Research Fellow to fully participate in The American Society of Breast Surgeon's 16th Annual Meeting and advance the understanding of a Surgical Research Fellow of the ongoing work being done to improve breast cancer patient care. Attendance at the meeting will also provide an opportunity to more widely disseminate results to the medical community of the Fellow’s research regarding breast cancer patient evaluation at a comprehensive cancer center.


NCBC Breast Patient Navigator Certification

Beth Turner, Director, Baptist Women’s Health Center
Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, Memphis, TN

Grant Focus: Funding is being provided for a Patient Navigator to attend Breast  Cancer Navigation Certification training offered by the National Consortium of Breast  Centers (NCBC).


Annual Grants Awarded

2015 Grant Recipients

2014 Grant Recipients

2013 Grant Recipients







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