logo: 16th St. Gallen International Breast Cancer Conference

16th St. Gallen International Breast Cancer Conference

Primary Therapy of Early Breast Cancer Vienna, Austria 20 - 23 March 2019

Breast Cancer Award 2019

Martine Piccart receives the SONK AwardThe Foundation Council of «St. Gallen Oncology Conferences» (SONK) proudly announces the recipient of the «St. Gallen International Breast Cancer Award 2019», which will be delivered during the opening session of the 16th St. Gallen International Breast Cancer Conference, on Wednesday, March 20,2019, at the Austria Center Vienna in Vienna/Austria to Dr. Monica Morrow


Dr Monica Morrow is the Anne Burnett Windfohr Chair of Clinical Oncology and Chief of the Breast Surgery service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. She received her MD degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia PA, trained in surgery at the University of Vermont and completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr Morrow is a past president of the Society of Surgical Oncology and has served on the Board of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and chaired the FDA General and Plastic Surgery Devices panel.

Dr Morrow has devoted her career to the applica-tion of evidence in the local therapy of breast cancer and leveraging the benefit of multimodality therapy to reduce the burden of surgical treatment. To this end, she co-chaired several iterations of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Radiology, nd College of American Pathology committees on Standards for Breast Conservation in DCIS and Invasive Cancer. In 2013 she organized and co-chaired a multi-disciplinary panel to develop guidelines for margins in invasive cancer treated with breast conservation and whole breast irradiation, the findings of which have resulted in a significant decrease in the use of reoperations in breast conserving surgery. She also convened a similar group to address margins in DCIS in 2015. Dr Morrow was the senior author of the landmark ACOSOG Z0011 trial and a major proponent for the adoption of its findings around the world.


Monica Morrow has been recognized for her work with awards in both the United States and Europe. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Gianni Bonadonna award from ASCO and in 2013 she received the William McGuire award at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. In 2016 she was honored with the Susan G Komen Brinker Award for scientific distinction in clinical research and in 2017 received the Umberto Veronesi award (Basel). She has also received hono rary fellowships from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. Dr Morrow has authored or co-authored more than 500 peer reviewed papers, book chapters, and editorials and commentaries.


St. Gallen Oncology Conferences (SONK) is greatly privileged to count on Dr Monica Morrow as an active member of their international breast cancer conference’s chairmanship, and as a regular invited speaker at their biennial international breast cancer conferences. With the «St. Gallen International Breast Cancer Award 2019», Foundation SONK wants to honour Dr Monica Morrow for her extraordinary contri-bution in research and practice development in the treatment of women with breast cancer.


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