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Dr. Vivian von Gruenigen Selected as 2104 Public Service Award Recipient by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer

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Dr. Vivian van Greunigen, Medical Director, Women's Institute, Summa Health System and Professor, Northeastern Ohio Medical University, was recognized with a 2014 Public Service Award by the Foundation for Women's Cancer.

Tampa --March 22, 2014—The Foundation for Women’s Cancer announces today that Dr. Vivian von Gruenigen has been selected as one of six 2014 recipients of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer Public Service Awards. The 2014 Public Service Award recognizes outstanding service to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer through participation as a faculty member for 15 or more of the Foundation’s survivors courses. Dr. Von Gruenigen received special recognition for participating in 26 courses in addition to serving as the Foundation’s Education Committee Chair.

Since holding its first survivors course in 1997, the Foundation has held 73 courses in 27 states. These free, day-long courses for women living with a gynecologic cancer, their loved ones and caregivers, provide the latest information about treatment options, clinical trials and promising research, among other topics.

Dr. von Gruenigen is Professor at Northeastern Ohio Medical University and serves as Medical Director, Women’s Institute, Summa Health System and Endowed Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals. She has received numerous teaching and research awards from multiple institutions. Her most recent honor was the Richard Ireland Award at the World Congress Leadership Summit on Business of Women’s Health. She is the author of more than 100 abstracts, articles and book chapters. Her research, focusing on cancer survivorship and patient-related outcomes, has been funded by the government, Lance Armstrong Foundation and the American Cancer Society. She is founder of the blog SummaFlourish.TM

Each year more than 90,000 women will be diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer and nearly a third will die from these cancers. Gynecologic cancers include cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancers.

For more information about the Foundation for Women’s Cancer and the prevention, early detection and optimal treatment of gynecologic cancers, visit

About the Foundation for Women’s Cancer:

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer, in concert with the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, is dedicated to expanding public awareness, education, research and training to improve the prevention, early detection and optimal treatment of gynecologic cancers. A national organization dedicated to the eradication of all reproductive cancers, the Foundation has provided more than $5 million in research funding since 1995, earning recognition from Worth Magazine as one of the nation's 100 best charities.

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