Carmen Guerra Receives American Cancer Society Award

Carmen Guerra Receives American Cancer Society Award

One of 23 Recognized for Their Cancer-Related Community Work

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Associate Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Carmen Guerra has received the St. George National Award from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Carmen Guerra, MD

She is one of 23 2017 recipients honored for "outstanding service to the community in support of the Society's mission to save lives from cancer."

'Remarkable' commitment
"These extraordinary volunteers deserve to be recognized for their dedicated leadership and time to eliminate cancer as a major health problem," said American Cancer Society Board of Directors Chair Arnold M. Baskies, MD, FACS. "Their commitment to and passion for our mission is remarkable."

Guerra, MD, MSCE, who has been at Penn since 1996, is an attending physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a researcher whose work has centered around cancer control and the patient and provider behavior related to colorectal cancer screening and health literacy as it relates to that diagnostic procedure. 

Vulnerable populations
Her particular focus has been on improving screening rates among populations of racial and ethnic minorities, low socioeconomic status and those with traditionally low cancer screening rates. She is, for instance, the Founding Co-Director of Penn Health System's Colorectal Cancer Screening Patient Navigation Program that seeks solutions for barriers to accessing cancer screening and barriers to accessing clinical trials.

Guerra is a member of the ACS's National Board of Directors and co-chairs that board's Mission Outcomes Committee and is also a member of the ACS guidelines committee. In January of 2018 she begins serving as the ACS National Board Scientific Officer.