The awards are given annually to recognize excellence and to promote the careers of emerging physician-researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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UNC Lineberger Director Norman Sharpless, MD; Physician-in-Chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital Lisa Carey, MD; 2015 Pope Clinical Fellows Aaron Falchook, MD, Kemi Doll, MD, and Benjamin Vincent, MD; Pope Foundation Vice President Joyce Pope.

Kemi Doll, MD, a clinical instructor and recent fellow in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology who’s also pursuing her master’s degree in clinical research in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Epidemiology, has been honored with the Pope Clinical Fellows Award.

Doll was honored July 14 along with Aaron Falchook, MD, in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Benjamin Vincent, MD, in the Division of Hematology/Oncology as the 2015 Pope Clinical Fellows Award recipients. The awards are given annually to recognize excellence and to promote the careers of emerging physician-researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The recipients will each receive a $5,000 award, which is made possible by a gift from The John William Pope Foundation.

Dr. Doll has first-authored nine publications during her fellowship. In one published study of outcomes among elderly, low-income women on Medicare with gynecologic cancers in North Carolina, she found that Medicaid enrollment timing had a measurable impact on patient mortality, particularly for uterine and cervical cancer. Both cancers have better outcomes when caught at earlier stages, suggesting that insurance eligibility could play a role in women being able to seek care when their cancer is most treatable.

“Dr. Doll is someone who I would love to have on my faculty, and she is truly the elusive triple threat of good clinician, technically gifted surgeon and blossoming independent investigator,” said Paola A. Gehrig, MD, a UNC Lineberger member, a professor and the director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology.

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