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Release Date: 05/24/2017

Sonali Pandya, MD, of Providence, a breast surgeon at the Breast Health Center at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, has received the Unsung Heroine Award from Powerful Independent Notoriously Knowledgeable (PINK) Women. Keynote speaker at the awards ceremony was Dana Haseotes, MSW, LICSW, MPH, a social worker at the Breast Health Center.

As an all-women organization on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, PINK strives to empower women to gain influence through community services and deeds. The Annual Unsung Heroine Awards offers an opportunity to honor women in the community who have impacted the lives of many and continue to do so with their keen spirits and selfless actions.

Dr. Pandya earned her medical degree from Saint George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, completed a general surgery residency at Albany Medical Center and a Society of Surgical Oncology Breast Disease Fellowship at Women & Infants. Her research interest focuses on breast cancer in young women and she is helping to develop support programs for this group of survivors. She also helps with breast exam training for the residency programs at Memorial Hospital and with the voluntary staff on evaluating and managing breast masses and breast density.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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