2015 Outstanding Care Award Recipients

This year the Sarcoma Alliance has selected four recipients for our 2015 Outstanding Care Awards. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Stephen Sener, professor of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Chief of Surgical Oncology at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital; Dr Barry Feig, Chief, Surgical Sarcoma Section at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Dr. Janice Mehnert, Medical Oncologist and Director of Phase I and Developmental Therapeutics Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; and the sarcoma team at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida made up of: Dr. Peter Murray, Orthopedic Surgeon and professor of Orthopedics, Dr. Courtney Sherman, Orthopedic Surgeon and assistant professor of Orthopedics, Dr. Larry Daugherty, Radiation Oncologist and assistant professor of Radiation Oncology, Dr. Galen Perdikis, Chair of Plastic Surgery and professor of Plastic Surgery, and Dr. Steven Attia, Medical Oncologist and assistant professor of Oncology.

Dr. Sener was nominated by Maria.  Maria had her entire tumor removed by Dr. Sener in January, leaving Maria sarcoma free since January.  Maria nominated Dr. Sener “for treating me with the utmost kindness, thorough exams and beautiful clean work,” adding that “he and his fantastic staff could not have been more positive and comforting during what I consider one of the scariest years of my life.”

Dr. Feig was nominated by David, whose wife was treated by Dr. Feig and is now a five year survivor of sarcoma. David raved that Dr. Feig “could have been an angel sent from God giving my wife back her life and a chance to enjoy her four grandchildren.” He also said that “He is a kind and considerate doctor who ‘tells it like It Is,’ but is the first one to give you hope that he can keep your healthy.”

Dr. Mehnert was nominated by Douglas. Douglas has been successfully fighting pleomorphic sarcoma since 2008 with the help of Dr. Mehnert. Douglas wrote that “her success as an oncologist is well-noted.  However, her greatest contribution to the community is measured not only by her medical prowess, but rather by the hundreds of patients she has helped and inspired due to her care and commitment.” Further stating, “Dr. Mehnert always shows up with smile on her face and kindness in her heart.”

The team at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, of Dr. Peter Murray, Dr. Courtney Sherman, Dr. Larry Daugherty, Dr. Galen Perdikis, and Dr. Steven Attia were nominated by Paige. Paige was diagnosed with Synovial sarcoma in 2014. While the Sarcoma Alliance traditionally acknowledges individual nominees, Paige spoke so highly of her team, and the Sarcoma Alliance works so hard to encourage collaborative specialized care for sarcoma patients, that we chose to include this team for their outstanding group effort. Of the team, Paige had this to say: “I must say, all of my doctors are gifts from God and have become life long doctor friends in my life. I know without a shadow of a doubt I have an amazing team behind me if this cancer was to ever try again. I have doctors who care, show compassion, and genuinely took the time to know me as a patient. I could not have asked for more from the Mayo Clinic and especially the five doctors who had a hand in saving my life.”

All of these providers exemplify the core values of our awards, showing sincere commitment and dedication to their patients, and demonstrating genuinely outstanding service. Congratulations to all of our 2015 Outstanding Care Award recipients.

For more information on our Outstanding Care Awards, please visit the Sarcoma Alliance website at http://sarcomaalliance.org/news/outstanding-care-awards/.