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Georgia CORE has our own breast cancer care hero!

10/27/2021, Georgia CORE

It won’t surprise anyone who knows her that Sheryl jokes how she’s relieved Georgia CORE rescued her from retirement so she doesn’t have to play golf every day! She is an Emory University Professor Emerita of Surgery and the Ada Lee Correll Chair Emerita, having retired from Emory and Grady Health Care system after 15 years of service and 33 years as a surgeon. 

As a breast surgical oncologist and professor of surgery, Sheryl led numerous initiatives focused on decreasing disparities for breast cancer. She was named a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar in 2007, established the inaugural breast surgical oncology fellowship in the Emory School of Medicine that same year, and directed the highly successful Avon Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady, which has been consistently accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers since 2010. 

Sheryl’s research focused on decreasing disparities of breast cancer care through a community education outreach program, genetic screening for breast and  ovarian cancer, and providing access to high quality care for breast cancer patients in the Grady Health System. In 2010, she received the Atlanta Health Care Hero’s Community Outreach award for improving the care of breast cancer patients at Grady. 

For Georgia CORE, she serves as Chief Scientific Officer and leads research grant proposals and oversight, but she still gets to enjoy conducting community education outreach. Just this month she and Georgia CORE’s Cindy Snyder held two “Lunch and Learns” around breast cancer health to the Newell Brand Corporation Monthly Women’s Employee Relation Group and the University of North Georgia’s faculty and staff. 

Sheryl is truly our own breast cancer care hero!

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