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Merajver presented with two awards for leadership

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - This spring, Sofia D. Merajver, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine and director of the University of Michigan Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Program, was recognized with two awards for her exceptional leadership and research at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

In April, the Ford Motor Company presented Merajver with the 2002 Ford Leadership in Health Award. Merajver's peers at the U-M Cancer Center nominated her for this award to acknowledge her commitment to breast and ovarian cancer research. As part of the award, she will receive a $10,000 stipend to further her research at Center.

The award, which is the first of its kind, was established by the Ford Motor Company to acknowledge a U-M Cancer Center faculty member's excellence in leadership and service in research, patient care and/or teaching each year.

Then, in June, Merajver will be presented with the 2002 Arvon Women of Achievement Award by the Miss Michigan Scholarship Organization. The award is presented each year to a Michigan woman who has served as a role model in the fields of leadership and service. Last year, Michigan's First Lady, Michelle Engler, was the first woman to receive this award.

The Organization specifically selected Merajver for the award for her volunteer work throughout Michigan, which its says reflects her dedication to patient-center research and medical care. As the award's recipient, Merajver will also get $500 to donate to the Michigan charity of her choice.

For her work with breast cancer and ovarian research, Merajver has also received funding from the grass roots West Michigan organizations Tempting Tables, the Muskegon Country Club Ladies Golf Association "Rally for a Cause" and the Players that Care Foundation. In addition, her work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Army Breast Cancer Research Program, the Susan G. Komen Breast Foundation, and several U-M research initiatives.

 

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