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Dekalb Medical’s April Speed Receives National Award For Oncology Work
April L. Speed, M.D., a physician with DeKalb Medical at Hillandale, was recently named a recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncology® (ASCO) Diversity in Oncology Initiative award, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
Since joining DeKalb Medical in 2009, Dr. Speed has provided state-of-the-
A highly sought-after speaker, lecturer and consultant on breast cancer and breast health, Dr. Speed embarked on a on a multimedia community outreach campaign to educate those at risk for breast cancer as soon as she opened her practice at DeKalb Medical. She is an esteemed member of American Society of Breast Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology and American College of Surgeons.
"We are blessed to attract a surgeon of Dr. Speed's caliber. We recruited her from arguably the premiere Cancer center in the world, M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas. We’ve received wonderful comments on her surgical technique as well as her responsiveness to patients and physicians. Hillandale is pleased to offer world-class breast cancer care," says Clay Fowler, F.A.C.H.E., Administrator, DeKalb Medical at Hillandale.
Dr. Speed completed an intensive dual breast surgical oncology fellowship with an emphasis in oncoplastics at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, a world leader in cancer care which awards only two fellowships in breast surgery per year. At the same time, she also completed the Susan G. Komen Multidisciplinary Fellowship with a focus on breast cancer awareness, prevention and education. Komen for the Cure® is “the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.”
Prior to her work at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Speed completed both her residency and internship in general surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. through Morehouse School of Medicine. She also earned a Doctor of Medicine from Morehouse.
For more information on ASCO, visit www.asco.org/
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About DeKalb Medical
A leader in cancer and heart attack treatment and orthopedics, DeKalb Medical is a non-profit hospital system serving half a million patients annually. Founded in Atlanta in 1961, the system includes the 451-bed DeKalb Medical at North Decatur. It was also named in the top 5% of all U.S. hospitals in 2009 and 2010 for clinical excellence by HealthGrades®
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