The American Cancer Society Presents Its Distinguished Achievement in Cancer Award to Mount Sinai’s R. Sean Morrison, MD, for His Leadership in Palliative Care

Mount Sinai’s Carmel Cohen, MD, Receives National Volunteer Leadership Award

New York, NY
 – May 28, 2013 /Press Release/  –– 

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has presented its Distinguished Achievement in Cancer Award to R. Sean Morrison, MD, Director of the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Director of the National Palliative Care Research Center and Professor of Geriatrics, Palliative and Internal Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The award was presented at the American Cancer Society annual meeting in Atlanta on May 23. The ACS also presented its National Volunteer Leadership Award to Carmel Cohen, MD, Professor of Clinical Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai on the same day.

"As the Society marks its 100th birthday, we celebrate Dr. R. Sean Morrison and Dr. Carmel Cohen and their achievements that support our shared mission of making this cancer's last century," said John R. Seffrin, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of the ACS. "We honor the service and accomplishments of these two remarkable individuals for their efforts to help finish the fight against cancer."

"ACS has been one of the early leaders in promoting the provision of palliative care into routine cancer care from the time of diagnosis and I am incredibly honored to receive this award," said Dr. Morrison. "The ACS's singular focus on improving the quality of life in the setting of a serious illness like cancer is a model for other disease specific and consumer organizations.  The goals of palliative care and the ACS are uniquely aligned in assisting persons to live as long as possible with the best quality of life in the setting of a serious illness."  For more information about Dr. Morrison, visit

"I am deeply honored to be receiving this award," said Dr. Cohen, who credits the ACS for launching his career in gynecologic oncology. The ACS awarded Dr. Cohen with his first training grant in 1964, allowing him to complete a fellowship with his mentor, Dr. Saul Gusberg, former Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai, who later became President of the ACS. "The ACS is a leading not for profit volunteer based organization which has supported research, enabled the discovery of new therapeutic opportunities for curing those with cancer, emphasized prevention and early detection, as well as advocated for the larger community to join in these efforts."  For more information about Dr. Cohen, visit

About the American Cancer Society
The ACS is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. For nearly 100 years, the ACS has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with its millions of supports worldwide, the ACS is helping people get well, finding cures and fighting back against cancer. For more information, please visit

About the Division of Palliative Care
Mount Sinai's Palliative Care Services offers a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, doulas, and massage and yoga therapists to provide medical treatment to improve quality of life during a serious illness. The Palliative Care team treats symptoms like pain, makes sure that patients and families are fully informed about their treatment choices, and helps patients and families receive the care that they want and need inside and outside of the hospital. Palliative care does not replace a patient's regular treatment, but is added to it at any time during a patients' illness but ideally from the time of diagnosis so that patients may be fully healed. For more information, visit

About the Division of Gynecologic Oncology
The dedicated team in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology treat all gynecologic cancer patients, whether their disease in its nascent or advanced stage. All aspects of patient care, from initial diagnosis and screening, to surgery employing state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques, are delivered, coordinated and supervised by the dedicated team of healthcare professionals at Mount Sinai. For more information, visit

The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Established in 1968, the Icahn School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States.  The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service.  It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Of the top 20 hospitals in the United States, Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll.  Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place. 

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