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Miriam Mutebi Receives the 2024 ASCO Humanitarian Award
Mar 22, 2024, 05:26

Miriam Mutebi Receives the 2024 ASCO Humanitarian Award

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has announced Dr. Miriam Mutebi, MD, MSc, FACS, as the recipient of the 2024 Humanitarian Award. This prestigious recognition is a testament to Dr. Mutebi’s unparalleled dedication and contributions to the field of oncology and cancer research.

Dr. Mutebi is a consultant breast surgical oncologist and assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. She is also a clinical epidemiologist and health systems researcher with a research focus on understanding barriers to access for women with cancers in Sub-Saharan Africa and in designing interventions to mitigate those barriers.

She is the President of the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), immediate past president for the Kenya Society of Hematology and Oncology (KESHO), and on the Board of Directors of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

She is also the co-founder of the Pan African Women’s Association of Surgeons, which was developed to mentor and provide transformative leadership for women in surgery in order to improve surgical care and pathology on the continent, and is part of the Kenya Association of Women Surgeons.

She is the co-chair of the National Cancer Taskforce in Kenya, chair of the Commonwealth Taskforce for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer, and a commissioner with five Lancet commissions including Women, Power and Cancer, Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Breast Cancer. She is currently pursuing a pilot’s license in order to extend breast care services to marginalized areas.

In 2023 Miriam Mutebi was recognized as one of the 100 Influential Women in Oncology by OncoDaily.

About ASCO Humanitarian Award

First awarded in 2011, this award recognizes an oncologist who personifies ASCO’s mission and values by going above and beyond the call of duty in providing outstanding patient care through innovative means or exceptional service or leadership in the U.S.A. or abroad. It is presented to individuals who distinguish themselves through voluntary and non-compensated humanitarian endeavors. A multitude of service will be considered and is not restricted to any one type of action or deed involving patients.

The oncology community and the OncoDaily team extend their heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Miriam Mutebi for this well-deserved recognition!