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Meszoely named one of Nashville’s Women of Influence

BY: DAGNY STUART

2/10/2011 - Ingrid Meszoely, M.D., assistant professor of Surgical Oncology and clinical director of the Vanderbilt Breast Center, has been named one of the 2011 Women of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal.

This is the fifth year for the Women of Influence recognition program by the local business publication. Meszoely is among 32 women recognized in nine categories of business and community leadership. Winners were nominated by the public and selected by a panel of NBJ judges. Meszoely was recognized in the Nonprofit Leadership category.

Ingrid Meszoely, M.D.

Ingrid Meszoely, M.D.

“I am delighted to be chosen for this wonderful recognition and feel honored to be included among this group of exceptional women,” said Meszoely.

A breast cancer surgeon, Meszoely routinely receives high patient satisfaction scores and has been honored with the VUMC Five Star Award and the Top Performer Award for patient satisfaction.

“Ingrid Meszoely is a talented surgeon and clinical leader who puts her patients first while also taking time to make a difference in the community,” said R. Daniel Beauchamp, M.D., chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences and professor of Surgery, Cancer Biology and Cell and Developmental Biology.

As clinical director of the Vanderbilt Breast Center, Meszoely was intimately involved in the planning and implementation of the Breast Center move to Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks. Meszoely oversees a large staff of professionals who help breast cancer patients navigate the world of cancer diagnosis, treatment and long-term survivorship.

The Breast Center also provides breast cancer screening, programs for those with benign breast disease, as well as patients at increased risk for developing breast cancer.

Meszoely has taken a leadership position outside of Vanderbilt, as vice chair of the Tennessee Cancer Coalition, a statewide health care advocacy group dedicated to cancer prevention and control.

This group is actively working to reduce the burden of cancer on citizens of the state by designing prevention strategies, ensuring the availability of cancer treatment for every ethnic and economic group and by promoting support services for cancer patients, family members and caregivers.

The Women of Influence winners will be featured in the Feb. 25 edition of NBJ and the group will be honored during a special luncheon Thursday, Feb. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza.

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