Hepburn Fellow Ana María López ’82 to discuss prevention and treatment of women’s cancers

Posted February 13th, 2009 at 4:31 pm.

López at Bryn Mawr during the launch of the Hepburn Center in 2006

López at Bryn Mawr during the launch of the Hepburn Center in 2006

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center will present a talk by 2008-09 Hepburn Fellow Ana María López ’82 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ely Room of Wyndham House. López’ talk, titled “Prevention and Treatment of Women’s Cancers: The Science and Practice of Medicine,” is free and open to the public.

The lecture will culminate a two-day visit during which López will meet with students interested in careers in medicine as well as Latina students and those interested in working with Latino populations.

López is associate dean for outreach and multicultural affairs at the University of Arizona, where she is also an associate professor of clinical medicine and pathology and medical director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program. She focuses her clinical work on caring for women with cancer. Along Arizona’s long, hot border with Mexico, Ana María López is legendary among the local women as the “doctor to see” if someone is suffering from cancer, says Alison Hughes, who directs the Rural Health Office of the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health.

López is also a distinguished researcher in the area of women’s cancers. She has received funding for several oncology-prevention and therapeutic trials for both breast and cervical cancer. Additionally, she is the founding Medical Director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program, which was established in 1996 to increase access to specialty care for underserved populations in the state of Arizona and to offer clinical education to rural health-care providers.

As a clinician, researcher and educator, López focuses on improving quality of life and on reducing disparities in health-care services experienced by many poor, underserved and minority pop populations. In addition, she performs extensive community work and serves on the Governor’s Commission on Women and Families. López has been selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America” since 2002.

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