The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is honoring two Penn clinicians for their tireless work in caring for patients. Ari D. Brooks, a professor of surgery in the Perelman School of Medicine, the director of endocrine and oncologic surgery, and the director of the Integrated Breast Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, will receive the 2018 Humanitarian Award. Suzanne McGettigan, a nurse practitioner in the Abramson Cancer Center, will receive the Compassionate Care Award. Both clinicians will be honored as part of the MRF’s 5th Annual Wings of Hope of Melanoma Gala on June 13.
The Humanitarian Award goes each year to an oncologist, dermatologist or surgeon who is making a large impact in the melanoma community. Dr. Brooks is being honored for his commitment to and reputation for exemplary patient care and treatment.
The Compassionate Care Award is given out annually to an individual who has shown compassion, dignity and leadership, and who offers a patient-centered approach to those in their care. Ms. McGettigan was nominated by Dr. Brooks and several of her patients for her unwavering commitment to patient care.