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.
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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