At the October City Council meeting in Englewood, Dr. V. Merle McIntosh, Chief of Breast Surgery at Englewood Health and a breast cancer specialist at The Lefcourt Family Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center, was honored for her work in breast cancer prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment. Currently, Dr. McIntosh is a site principal investigator of a national breast cancer research study investigating treatment for low-risk noninvasive breast cancer, accounting for 20 percent of new breast cancer cases each year. She was instrumental in obtaining a significant grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to provide education for African-American women who are high risk for some of the most aggressive forms of the disease. Dr. McIntosh also serves as a leader of innovation at Englewood Hospital with an interest in improving time of diagnosis to treatment.
The honor was given in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.