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Allegheny County Medical Society Honors Allegheny Health Network Caregivers for Exceptional Service to Patients and the Community

Monday, February 25, 2019

Awards at March 2 Gala Include Special Recognition for those who Responded Following Tree of Life Tragedy

PITTSBURGH, Pa.  - A primary care physician who mentors young African-American males, a breast surgeon who combines compassionate patient care with leadership of practice-changing clinical trials, and a team that provided exceptional care under difficult circumstances following a devastating local tragedy are among the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) caregivers who will be honored by the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation (ACMSF) at its Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala, Saturday, March 2 at the Westin Convention Center.

This year’s gala salutes physician heroism that shines through in extraordinary and every day circumstances and will honor the memory of Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz and all the victims of the Tree of Life shooting that occurred on October 27, 2018.  

Special recognition will be also be made to the healthcare teams from AHN and UPMC, and to City of Pittsburgh first responders and officials, who performed so valiantly during the Tree of Life shootings and who work diligently throughout the year to prepare for challenging incidents involving mass casualties.Thomas Campbell, MD, AHN’s Chair of Emergency Medicine, will accept the recognition on behalf of AHN.

Among those also being honored at this year’s event are Thomas B. Julian, MD, Associate Medical Director of Cancer Program Development, AHN Cancer Institute, who will receive the Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award, and Jan W. Madison, MD, Medical Director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at AHN’s Jefferson Hospital, will receive the Physician Volunteer Award.

The Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award, established in 2012, honors a physician who has improved the lives of patients by caring for them with integrity, honesty, and respect of their human dignity, and serves as a role model for other physicians.

In nearly 40 years of medical practice, Dr. Julian has trained the next generation of breast cancer surgeons and has served as a principal investigator for numerous breast cancer clinical trials, studying topics such as combination drug therapy in postmenopausal hormone-receptor positive breast cancer patients, the GeneSearch breast lymph node assay for intraoperative molecular testing, digital mammography imaging and the use of MRI in evaluating recently diagnosed female breast cancer patients, among others.

Many of the clinical trials that he has led have been practice-changing, setting new standards of care and making it possible for women to choose less invasive and difficult treatments for breast cancer without fear of diminishing their chances of a cure - such as the NSABP B-32 Sentinel Node Trial which reduced the need to remove all tissue and lymph nodes from the armpit area in early stage breast cancer.

As a nationally and internationally recognized expert in breast cancer, breast surgery, clinical trials, and multidisciplinary care coordination and treatment optimization for breast cancer patients, Dr. Julian’s research and expertise has appeared in more than 120 articles, reviews, book chapters, audio-visual displays, abstracts and scientific exhibits.

"Dr. Julian has maintained a full surgical practice at Allegheny General Hospital and integrated his clinical work with his research and educational activities," says David Parda, MD, chair, AHN Cancer Institute. "He is very compassionate and collaborative with all his patients and with his colleagues, helping us improve patient outcomes and experiences."

Dr. Julian is the senior surgical director for Medical Oversight for the NSABP Foundation and serves as the national protocol officer for several NRG Oncology/NSABP protocols. In addition, he is the NRG Oncology Communications chair; chair, NRG Surgical Oncology Committee; and chair, NRG Local Regional Breast Cancer Subcommittee. Dr. Julian earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.

The Physician Volunteer Award recognizes physicians for the donation of their time or talents for charitable, clinical, educational or community service activities, domestically or internationally, as a volunteer.

Dr. Madison is being recognized for her selfless community involvement, most notably through her volunteer leadership within the Gateway Medical Society, which is a local component of the National Medical Association (NMA). Gateway Medical Society was established in Pittsburgh in 1963 and is dedicated to addressing social and ethnic disparities in the delivery of healthcare, to promoting effective health education, and to developing a more cohesive and effective community of professionals.

Most noteworthy is Dr. Madison’s involvement in the innovative “Journey to Medicine” mentorship program, in which physicians introduce African-American males to the rewards and challenges of a potential career in medicine. Aside from showing students the profession from the inside out, mentors encourage them to achieve academically, coordinate coaching in math and science, and nurture relevant life skills. Beginning the program in 2010, Dr. Madison and her colleagues, Drs. Anita Edwards and William Simmons, continue to mentor between 80 and 100 males every year.

“We are proud of all that Dr. Madison has done to foster a love of medicine and science for the younger generation,” said Louise Urban, President and CEO, Jefferson Hospital. “She brings to all of her community endeavors the same level of care and compassion that she has for her patients, the traits of a wonderful physician and person.”

Dr. Madison earned her medical degree and completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She also fulfilled her internal medicine internship and residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

For more information about the gala or to make a reservation, call the medical society office at (412) 321-5030 or visit www.acms.org/acms-foundation-gala. An open reception and silent auction will take place from 6-7:15 p.m., followed by a formal dinner and program at 7:30 p.m.