Breast Cancer Surgeon Monique Gary, DO ’09, Receives Certificate of HonorJanuary 21, 2020
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has announced that Monique A. Gary, DO ’09, MS/Biomed ’05, medical director of the
Cancer Program at Grand View Health (GVH)/Penn Cancer Network, is the recipient of
the PCOM Alumni Association’s Certificate of Honor. It is the highest award given
by the Association in recognition of distinguished services rendered and loyal devotion
to the welfare and strengthening of PCOM. Dr. Gary will be honored at PCOM’s Founders’
Day celebration on Friday, January 24.
Dr. Gary joined GVH in 2015 and is a breast surgical oncologist specializing in treating
benign and malignant breast disease. She uses state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive
breast surgery approaches including nipple-sparing mastectomies, intraoperative radiation
therapy and oncoplastic breast techniques.
She has also served as medical director of GVH’s Breast Program, which received the
Hidden Scar Center of Excellence designation, and is the founder of the Cancer Genetic
Risk and Prevention Program at GVH, which provides genetic counseling and high-risk
management for patients with strong family histories of malignancy and those with
known hereditary cancer syndromes.
Dr. Gary has spoken at numerous national and local nonprofit cancer support organizations
such as Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Susan G. Komen. She also holds clinical associate
faculty appointments at Penn Medicine and the University of North Texas Health Sciences/Texas
Christian University and has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Gary is consistently named a Top Breast Surgeon in Pennsylvania by the Leading
Physicians of the World, and in 2017 was a recipient of the CBS-KYW Philadelphia’s
Women’s Achievement Award. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and
sits on the boards of several organizations including the American Society of Breast
Surgeons, Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia, Cancer WHO?, Bebashi,
and Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying.
A member of the DO class of 2009, Dr. Gary has supported her alma mater for several
years as a member of the Admissions Committee, as a clinical associate professor of
surgery, and as a regular speaker and mentor to student organizations. She was also
instrumental in creating and raising funds for the Leonard W. Johnson, DO ’64 Memorial
Scholarship, which provides funding to African American students pursuing their DO
degrees at PCOM.
In addition to her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, Dr. Gary earned her master’s degree in biomedical sciences from PCOM while conducting cancer research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. After
receiving her medical degree she completed a general surgery internship and residency
at the University of Massachusetts (Berkshire Medical Center Campus) as well as a
breast surgical oncology fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital.
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