This lectureship recognizes an outstanding scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of minority investigators in cancer research.
12th Annual Award Recipient
Carol L. Brown, MD
Associate Cancer Center for Diversity and Outreach Director, Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research and Training
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
Dr. Brown delivered her award lecture titled "Cancer Health Equity in Clinical Research: Reaching Underserved Populations" at the AACR Annual Meeting 2017 in Washington, D.C. The award lecture was held Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Washington Convention Center.
The AACR- Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship was established in 2006 to give recognition to an outstanding scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through, leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of minority investigators in cancer research.
This year’s recipient of the AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Memorial Lectureship is Carol L. Brown, MD, a board-certified gynecologic oncologist who is the associate cancer center director for diversity and outreach director for diversity and outreach at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She holds academic appointments as attending surgeon and member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and professor, obstetrics and gynecology at Cornell University Weill Medical College, New York, New York.
Dr. Brown is recognized for her outstanding contributions to the reduction and elimination of cancer health disparities in medically underserved populations. Highly regarded as a leader in her field, Dr. Brown is credited with helping to formulate national goals for health disparities research, as well as setting the national research agenda with respect to eliminating health disparities in gynecologic cancer outcomes.
Dr. Brown is also praised for her dedication to promoting diversity within the scientific and medical workforce through her work in the Office of Diversity Programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. These scientific achievements and commitment to the advancement of minority scientists clearly embody the AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Memorial Lectureship’s mission.
Dr. Brown’s career is focused in three areas; providing high-quality and compassionate surgical care to women with gynecologic cancer; the reduction and elimination of cancer health disparities experienced by medically underserved populations; and promoting public policy to increase awareness, improve care, and increase research funding for gynecologic and other cancers both locally and nationally.
Dr. Brown was honored to speak about cancer disparities and the Cancer Moonshot at the White House United State of Women Summit, and to attend the Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington D.C., in June, 2016.
Dr. Brown's honors and awards include: Harvard University’s Joseph Garrison Parker Prize; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; the Malcolm X Memorial scholarship from Columbia University; and the American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Career Development Award. Dr. Brown was named one of "America’s Leading Physicians" by Black Enterprise magazine in 2001 and 2008; listed in “Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area” by Castle Connolly 2008-2016, and listed in “Best Doctors in America” from 2001-2016.
Dr. Brown graduated with honors from Harvard University and received her medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She currently holds national leadership positions including president-elect of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, and co-chair of the NRG Oncology Health Disparities Committee.
- 2017: Carol L. Brown
- 2016: Worta McCaskill-Stevens
- 2015: Lucile L. Adams-Campbell
- 2014: Levi A. Garraway
- 2013: Gabriel N. Hortobagyi
- 2012: Pelayo Correa
- 2011: Guillermina Lozano
- 2010: Amelie G. Ramirez
- 2009: Otis W. Brawley
- 2008: Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann
- 2007: Harold P. Freeman
- 2006: Olufunmilayo I. Olopade