DR. SUSAN M. LOVE AWARD
Fenway Health is honored to present the Dr. Susan M.
Love Award for 2013 to Dr. Ursula Matulonis. Through her long and
distinguished career as a physician and a researcher Dr. Matulonis has proved
her commitment to the health and wellbeing of women everywhere. Like Dr.
Love, for whom the award is named, Dr. Matulonis is a leader in her field of
gynecologic cancer care, treatment and research, caring above all else for the health
of the individual. As Fenway Health grows and develops a breast cancer
screening program we are proud to acknowledge the work of those who have paved
the way before us in this field of medicine.
Dr. Matulonis is Medical Director and Disease Center Leader of
the Medical Gynecologic Oncology Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and
Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses
on developing new targeted therapies for gynecologic malignancies, with a
specific interest in the genetic changes in ovarian cancer and how that can
lead to rationale drug selection.
Each year, the Dr. Susan M. Love Award is given to honor and celebrate a woman and/or organization that has made a significant contribution to the field of women’s health. The Love Award is given in honor of its founding recipient, Dr. Susan M. Love, a pioneer in the fields of women’s health and breast cancer. Love helped found the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center in 1992 and currently heads up the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation which is dedicated to eradicating breast cancer.
"Dr. Matulonis is a true inspiration who has dedicated her career to improving the lives of women with cancer. Warm and compassionate on the personal level and a thought leader in the scientific community, she has significantly advanced our knowledge on how to treat ovarian and uterine cancers," said Dr. Jennifer Potter, Director of Women's Health at Fenway and a former Love Award winner. "A strong advocate for systems change, she also works tirelessly to improve the entire experience of cancer care, from initial diagnosis through years of survivorship and end of life care. I am thrilled to see her honored with this award."
Dr. Matulonis is Principal Investigator (PI) of several clinical trials and translational studies for ovarian cancer. She is the PI of a Department of Defense grant on ovarian cancer entitled “Prediction of Response to Therapy and Clinical Outcome Through a Pilot Study of Complete Genetic Assessment of Ovarian Cancer” and a Co-PI on the project “Genetic similarities between serous ovarian cancer and triple negative breast cancer” funded by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Dr. Matulonis serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Recommendation and Guideline committee for both ovarian cancer and for the treatment of anemia, the Gynecologic Oncology Group ovarian committee and quality of life committee, the National Cancer Institute Ovarian Cancer Task Force, The Cancer Genome Atlas Project (TCGA) Endometrial Analysis Working Group, and is Medical Director and Board Member for the non-profit organization Ovations for the Cure. She is a recipient of the Dennis Thompson Compassionate Care Scholar award, the Lee M. Nadler “Extra Mile” Award, the Zakim Award for patient advocacy and was named one of Boston’s Best Physicians in Medical Oncology by Boston Magazine.
After receiving her MD from Albany Medical College, she completed an internship and residency at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a medical oncology fellowship at Dana-Farber.
The 2013 Women’s Dinner Party is being held on Saturday, Arpil 6 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The Women’s Dinner Party is an elegant attire fundraiser for Fenway Health that brings together more than 1,200 lesbian, transgender and bisexual women and their friends and supporters for a night of dinner and dancing. This year’s event is made possible thanks to the hard work of event chairs Lori Griffiths, Pat Hamilton, and Jennifer L. Jones, as well as the support of our generous corporate sponsors. More information is available at www.womensdinnerparty.org.