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The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation congratulates the 2016 Grant recipients. The Grants were presented at 17th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation's Annual Meeting April 2016 in Dallas, TX.

2016 Foundation Grant Recipients


Conference Grant:

Leaders in Native Health: A Breast Cancer Conversation

Katrina M. Mitchell MD, Presbyterian Health Services, Houston, TX
Grant Focus: This grant will sponsor a New Mexico “cancer community conversation” focused on identifying Native American needs in breast cancer prevention and treatment. The information summarized from the event will be shared with the New Mexico Cancer Council in support of its Native American Work Group.  Overall, the community conversation will serve to launch a series of Native-focused events regarding breast cancer, allowing us to expand and augment current efforts while establishing new services in area of need.


Education Grant:

Improving Breast Health Literacy Among Uninsured Women in Hillsborough County, FL

Sue B. Bedry
Florida Press Educational Services, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL

Grant Focus: Project will produce an original educational publication focused on breast health, breast cancer risk factors and risk reduction, with the aim of improving breast health literacy among uninsured women with low health literacy in Hillsborough County, Florida. The piece will be published in the free tabloid newspaper The Tampa Bay Times, reaching a circulation of more than 60,000 and a total readership of more than 150,000.


Research Grants:

Estimated Percentage of Breast Volume Excision and its Relationship with Quality of Life and Satisfaction After Breast Conservation Therapy for Breast Cancer

Nicolas A. Ajkay MD
University of Louisville, Department of Surgery, Louisville, KY

Grant Focus: The primary objective of this study is to preoperatively determine the quality of life and overallsatisfaction of care for patients undergoing breast conservation therapy, stratified by EPBVR. The secondary objectives are to understand the impact of tumor location, use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, radiation therapy and implementation of margins consensus on quality of life andsatisfaction after breast conservation. The grantees are interested in understanding the correlation between preoperatively estimated resection volumes and final lumpectomy volumes, to better understand ifpreoperative resection volume estimates are accurate.


The long term goal is to utilize these data and the prospectively accrued information from futurepatients treated with breast conservation, to construct an App-based tool, that can calculate EPBVE in thepreoperative period from simple measurements obtained from standard breast imaging, and that willprovide the clinician percentages of satisfaction scores in different domains for a given EPBVE range.This can further assist the decision making process and highlight patient-stratified priorities of care.


A Cost-Utility Analysis Comparing Oncoplastic Surgery Versus Unilateral Mastectomy and Reconstruction in Breast Cancer Patients
Abhishek C. Chatterjee MD, MBA
Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Grant Focus: Research project to determine if it is cost-effective to perform oncoplastic surgery on the appropriate breast cancer patient who would otherwise undergo mastectomy and reconstruction. The expectations are to provide evidence based and value based data to help guide decision making for surgeons with regards to the appropriateness of oncoplastic surgery in breast cancer patients who would otherwise undergo mastectomy and reconstruction.

Travel Grants:

Building Bridges Between American and Turkish Breast Surgeons

Fatih Levent A. Aydogan MD, FEBS
Istanbul Univeristy, Cerrahpasa Medical School, Istanbul, Turkey

Grant Focus: This grant provides travel funds to attend the 17th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.



National Breast Cancer Coalition Advocate Leadership Summit
Christine C. Carpenter
Cedar Valley Cancer Committee: Beyond Pink TEAM, Cedar Falls, IA

Grant Focus: Cedar Valley Cancer Committee’s Beyond Pink TEAM’s Advocacy Council Chair, Christine Carpenter will use this travel grant to attend the 2016 National Breast Cancer Coalition Advocate Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, from April 30-May 2. The 2016 Advocate Leadership Summit
is filled with speakers, topics, skill building, message training and strategic planning that energize and educate patient advocates.

Eager to Learn and Expand My Skill Set: What I Hope to Gain by Attending the ASBS Annual Meeting 2016
Jennifer P. Plichta MD
Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Grant Focus: This grant provides conference and travel funds for a Breast Surgery Fellow to participate in The American Society of Breast Surgeons 17th Annual Meeting and Pre-Meeting Courses on Oncoplastics and Ultrasound Basics, thus expanding upon the fellow's furgical techniques and tools.  Funding will also provide the opportunity for oral and poster presentations at the meeting.



Annual Grants Awarded

2015 Grant Recipients

2014 Grant Recipients

2013 Grant Recipients







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