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Woman Leading the Way

Ritsuko Komaki, M.D., professor of Radiation Oncology, is the recipient of the 2014 Gilbert H. Fletcher Society (GHFS) Gold Medal. 

Dr. Komaki“I am humbled and honored to receive the 2014 Gilbert H. Fletcher Society (GHFS) Gold Medal. Dr. Fletcher was an outstanding leader and mentor among national and international Radiation Oncologists. He emphasized clinical research to serve patients with the best care. I was introduced to him for the first time when I was a resident, and he influenced my passion to take care of patients with the utmost attention. Dr. Fletcher taught me not to compromise my patients’ well-being by any powers or political barriers, and he emphasized ‘If you believe something is the best for your patients, you need to fight for it.’

The first recipient of this gold medal was Dr. Gilbert H Fletcher in 1976. Out of 39 recipients, six women have received this honor, and I am honored to be one of them. The other female recipients include Andree Dutriex, Ph.D., physicist from IGV France (Brachytherapy Expert), Marie Overgaard, M.D. from Denmark (Breast Cancer Expert), Eleanor Montague, M.D. from MDACC (Breast Cancer Expert), Karen Fu M.D. from UCSF (Head and Neck Expert) and Lilian Fuller, M.D. from MDACC (Lymphoma Expert).”

Ritsuko Komaki, M.D., received her Gold Medal from Zhongxing Liao, M.D., president of GHFS on March 8, 2014.

© 2014 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center