[August 15, 2008]
Dr. William Solomon Receives Award from Commission on Cancer:
Recognized for Outstanding Performance as Cancer Liaison Physician
The Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons, has awarded William B. Solomon, MD, its 2008 Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award. Dr. Solomon, professor of medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, is one of 55 physicians nationwide to receive this recognition.
The Cancer Liaison Program is a network of physician volunteers who work within hospital settings and in collaboration with local agencies to reduce the burden of cancer care in their community. The Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award recognizes physicians who go above and beyond the scope of their regular duties to improve patient care and provide direction to their hospital’s cancer program.
“I can attest from personal experience that Dr. Solomon’s award is most deserved,” remarks Richard Macchia, MD, chairman of the Urology Department at SUNY Downstate and a specialist in urologic oncology. “With dogged persistence, he has overcome towering obstacles to accomplish his goals of superior oncologic care for patients, outstanding oncology education for our students, nurses, residents, fellows, and attendings, and quality oncology research. I have referred many patients to him, and all have praised him as an empathic physician who instills confidence in them.”
Dr. Solomon introduced The American Cancer Society’s Volunteer Patient Navigator Program to SUNY Downstate. The hospital-based navigator program connects newly diagnosed cancer patients to free services. Volunteer patient navigators undergo training at Downstate to learn successful ways of introducing themselves to patients in waiting rooms, chemotherapy infusion sites, and radiation oncology areas. The volunteers are trained to listen to patients’ needs and then direct them to American Cancer Society services.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.
SUNY Downstate ranks seventh nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.