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American Cancer Society Honors Brooklyn Radiology Oncology Chief with “Leader in Cancer Care Award”

Aug 03, 2016

Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Emmanuel Nwokedi, MD, Chief of Radiology Oncology and Chairman of the Cancer Committee at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County was honored by the American Cancer Society with its inaugural “Leader in Cancer Care Award.” The Award is an acknowledgement of outstanding work and commitment to excellence in cancer care by the American Cancer Society. Dr. Nwokedi is recognized by the American Cancer Society as an advocate for screening, prevention, and early detection, especially within the underserved and uninsured in our communities.
“We are very proud of Dr. Nwokedi, his extraordinary work, and his commitment to providing state-of-the-art cancer treatment at Kings County,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County CEO Ernest J. Baptiste. “Dr. Nwokedi is a highly skilled and caring physician who has dedicated himself to providing expert care to our most vulnerable patients. He has been instrumental in raising awareness of early detection and of advancements in cancer treatment so patients and their families can make informed decisions about their care.”
“I’m honored and humbled to be recognized by the American Cancer Society for my life’s passion to help raise awareness about this disease and to be part of a tremendous team of physicians, support staff and, executive leadership within our public health system,” said Dr. Nwokedi. “We continually strive to provide the best possible cancer treatment available so our patients can receive the care they need right in their community.”
Under Dr. Nwokedi’s leadership, the Radiology Oncology program provides radiation treatment to approximately 600 patients annually and follow-up care to more than 2,800 patients annually as part of the Kings County Cancer Survivorship program. Last year Kings County acquired a new Linear Accelerator (“Linac”) to improve access and targeted care for patients with cancer.
Dr. Nwokedi attended medical school at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR where he also completed his internships. His residencies in Radiation Oncology were completed at the State University of New York as the Chief Resident. Dr. Nwokedi was the recipient of the NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County Doctor of the Year Award in 2015. Dr. Nwokedi also provides leadership for the Cancer Committees of NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull and NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island.

Contact : Melville Sylvester, 718-245-3910

About NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County is a 627-bed facility that serves the communities of Central Brooklyn, East New York-New Lots and Flatbush. A teaching hospital, it is part of the NYC Health + Hospitals health care system. The hospital is a Level I Trauma Center for Adults and the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Brooklyn. It is a NYSDOH Designated AIDS Center; a Stroke Center; and has also been designated as a Center of Excellence for Diabetes and for Parkinson Disease. The hospital has played a major role in providing health care to vulnerable populations in Brooklyn since 1831. For more information visit nychealthandhospitals.org/kingscounty.

About NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation with a network of 11 hospitals including six regional trauma centers, community-based health centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, and a correctional health services unit. The system includes a home care agency and a health plan, MetroPlusHealth. The health system provides essential services to 1.2 million New Yorkers every year in more than 70 locations across the five boroughs. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees are uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. Visit nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected: https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter@NYCHealthSystem.