By Lisa Cisneros | UCSF.edu | March 18, 2013
The American Cancer Society will pay tribute to Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, an internationally known leader in the field of breast cancer care and research.
A surgeon and 20-year member of the faculty at UC San Francisco, Esserman is leading an effort to change the delivery of breast cancer services and the information systems used to support both research and patient care.
She will be honored on March 19 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. Established in 1913, the American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer.
As a professor of surgery and radiology, Esserman co-leads the Breast Oncology Program at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
She is a member of a taskforce for President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Working Group on Advancing Innovation in Drug Development and Evaluation, which is studying how the federal government can best support science-based innovation in the process of drug development and regulatory evaluation.
A Model for Translational Research
Esserman has worked at UCSF to develop interdisciplinary teams of clinicians and researchers to bring the best care to patients and find the best platform to integrate translational research and improve the delivery of breast cancer care.
Director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at UCSF, she was the founder of the program in Translational Informatics spanning the disciplines of bioinformatics, medical and clinical informatics, systems integration, and clinical care delivery.