Fenway to present Dr. Susan M. Love Award to Dr. Ursula Matulonis at Women’s Dinner Party


Dr. Ursula Matulonis

Event to Take Place on April 6

BOSTON, Mass.—Fenway Health will present the Dr. Susan M. Love Award to Dr. Ursula Matulonis at The Women’s Dinner Party, April 6 2013 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Through her long and distinguished career as a physician and a researcher Dr. Matulonis has proved her commitment to the health and well-being 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.

The 2013 Women’s Dinner Party is being held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 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.

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.

For more than forty years, Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBT community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population. The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health is an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues. Fenway’s Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center cares for youth and young adults ages 12 to 29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else, including those who are LGBT or just figuring things out; homeless or living on the streets; struggling with substance use or abuse; sex workers; or living with HIV/AIDS.

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