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Release Date: 01/21/2015
The Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) Foundation recently announced that Cara Mathews, MD, of the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, earned its national Young Investigator Award for 2015.

The award was given for Mathews' research presentation "Survival in advanced endometrial cancer: Does time to chemotherapy initiation matter?" The research is sponsored by Genentech BioOncology.

"Cara represents the latest generation of oncologist researchers, balancing time with her patients in and the operating room with a desire to get to the root of the enigma of gynecologic cancers," says Cornelius "Skip" Granai III, MD, director of the Program in Women's Oncology. "She is gifted and compassionate, and this is a great tribute to her tenacity as a researcher."

The goal of the Young Investigator program at GOG is to encourage physicians with not more than five years out of fellowship to participate in leading-edge research and become familiar with the inner workings of the organization. GOG is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the quality and integrity of clinical and basic scientific research in the field of gynecologic oncology. It consists of gynecologic oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, statisticians, basic scientists, quality of life experts, data managers, and administrative personnel.

The award provides all data for the project from prior trials done through GOG, financial support for statistical analysis, travel, and any other costs of the project.

Mathews sees patients at the Program in Women's Oncology offices in Providence. For an appointment, call (401) 453-7540.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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