The Oregon Health and Science University Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at the Knight Cancer Institute was awarded Fertile Hope's National Center of Excellence Status award on April 9th, 2009.
Fertile Hope is a non-profit organization that strives to provide information on reproductive health for cancer patients and survivors who may be facing infertility due to their cancer treatments. According to OHSU's press release, the award "recognizes the institute’s leadership in addressing fertility issues and options for young cancer patients."
OHSU is one of just seven healthcare facilities in the United States to have been awarded the Center of Excellence Status. The Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program may not have succeeded as well as it has without the tremendous efforts put forth by Dr. David Lee.
An internationally reknowned researcher in the area of female fertility preservation, Dr. Lee initiated participation between the program and the physicians that treat infertility at OHSU by encouraging oncologists and infertility experts to communicate so that options for fertility preservation are now included in the counseling for young cancer patients.
Dr. David Lee works in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the OHSU Infertility Clinic. He was present at the event with Dr. Hayes-Lattin, director of the OHSU Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program and co-chairman of the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance, to accept the award from Fertile Hope.