Avon Program Brings 23 Breast Cancer Physicians to U.S. to Learn Advanced Skills and Techniques to Help Women in Home Countries

23 Global Scholars Will Train at Leading Avon Foundation-funded U.S. Breast Cancer Centers in 2014 to Help Women in Home Countries

NEW YORK, NY (May 28, 2014) – The Avon Foundation for Women today announced its second class of Avon Global Breast Cancer Clinical Scholars, which will train breast cancer specialists living outside the United States at 12 leading Avon Foundation-funded U.S. breast cancer centers. The 2014 Global Scholars class, consisting of 23 physicians from 14 countries, will begin their course of studies by attending the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting on May 30. 

The Avon Global Scholars Program is Avon’s second solely-run global initiative to educate doctors through clinically-focused scholarship opportunities to help reduce the unacceptably high mortality rates from breast cancer in many countries around the world. The Avon Foundation Scientific Advisory Board and host institution mentors evaluated the applications and their recommendations were sent to the Avon Foundation Board of Directors who made the final scholar selections. 

Following their attendance at the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting from May 30 through June 3, the Avon Scholars will begin a four to eight-week intensive training in breast cancer surgery, pathology, breast imaging (radiology), medical oncology, clinical trial design and community and public health at Avon Foundation-funded breast cancer centers in the United States. Avon’s goal is for the scholars to return home with advanced skills and cutting edge information so they are better equipped to provide the highest quality of breast cancer care to patients in their home countries. The inaugural Avon Global Scholars program in 2012 received 85 applicants from 22 countries, of which 25 scholars from 14 countries – from Armenia to Zambia – were selected.

“We are pleased to bring 23 new physicians to the United States to receive training from some of the best breast cancer doctors and institutions in the United States that are known for their excellence and advancements in breast cancer research, treatment and access to care,” said Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D., executive director of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade. “Right now, 25 Global Scholars who studied in the U.S. in 2012 are back in their home countries applying new advanced skills to improve both the treatment and care of women facing breast cancer in their countries. They now have the most advanced tools and knowledge to help save tens and thousands of lives.”

The second Avon Scholars class includes breast cancer specialists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, and Romania, and will be studying at the following Avon Foundation-funded breast cancer programs: 

•Boston Medical Center, Boston, Mass. (2 Scholars; Nigeria and Philippines)

•Emory University-Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.(2 Scholars; Colombia and India)

•Georgetown University-Capital Breast Care Center, Washington D.C. (2 Scholars; Argentina and Romania )

•Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.(2 Scholars; Georgia and Poland)

•Magee - Women's Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Penn. (2 Scholars; Brazil and Colombia)

•Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass. (2 Scholars; Mexico and Philippines)

•New York University-Bellevue Hospital, New York, N.Y. (2 Scholars; Bolivia and Hungary)

•New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center, New  York, N.Y. (2 Scholars; Argentina and Bulgaria)

•Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill. (2 Scholars; Argentina and Philippines)

•University of California Los Angeles-Olive View Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif. (2 Scholars; Croatia and Poland)

•University of California San Francisco-San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, Calif. (1 Scholar; Brazil)

•Washington University St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo. (2 Scholars; Brazil and Poland)

About the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, which launched in 1992 and is led by the U.S.-based Avon Foundation for Women, has placed Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer; today, Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the cause globally. Avon breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries have donated more than $815 million for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Avon awards funding to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers to community-based grassroots breast health programs to support breast cancer research and access to care. The Crusade has enabled more than 18 million women globally to receive free mammograms and breast cancer screenings, educated more than 145 million women about breast cancer, and funded promising research into the causes of breast cancer and ways to prevent the disease. The Avon Foundation raises funds for the Crusade through the sale of Avon “Pink Ribbon” products, and through events such as the Avon Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer events.