Susan G. Komen has hired a new CEO and President, Dr. Judith Salerno. Dr. Salerno previously served as Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C.. She is also the former Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging. She earned Medical Degree from the Harvard School of Medicine and her Master of Science in Health Policy from Harvard School of Public Health. She is a former Associate Clinical Professor at George Washington University.
Dr. Salerno has been very vocal about her hopes for the charity which faced public backlash last year. The charity had cut funding for breast cancer exams at Planned Parenthood, which was quickly reinstated following a strong national objection.
Susan G. Komen has struggled, but has maintained their four star Charity Navigator rating. In 2012, the nonprofit raised significantly less money and had to cancel events in several cities.
Susan G. Komen was founded following the death of Nancy Brinker’s sister Suzy from breast cancer in 1980. Three years later Nancy had to undergo a double mastectomy and chemotherapy following her own diagnosis of breast cancer. Over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States each year, my own mother was one of them. Susan G. Komen has been vital in helping alleviate the burden of breast cancer by promoting early diagnosis, treatment, and screening options.
Komen has granted $740 million in research, with $58 million given in 2012 alone. Millions of women have relied on the research and funding provided by Susan G. Komen. A few short months from now in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness month will occur. We should support Dr. Salerno’s efforts to further the organization, and help prevent thousands of women and families from suffering through the anguish of breast cancer. Congratulations Dr. Judith Salerno, and best of luck with your new position.