NAPW Inducts Linda Cannizzaro, Ph.D., Director of Cytogenetics, Montefiore Medical Center, Into its VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Dr. Linda Cannizzaro selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

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I’m pleased to welcome Linda into this exceptional group of professional women. Her work in the medical field is inspiring and invaluable.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Linda Cannizzaro as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in medicine. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 700,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I’m pleased to welcome Linda into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her work in the medical field is inspiring and invaluable.”

A leader in her industry, Dr. Linda Cannizzaro has made incredible strides in the medical field. After receiving a Ph.D. in Cytogenetics at Fordham University, she studied chromosome and gene rearrangements in cancer. Recognizing her passion was in research, she went on to be involved in the startup of a cytogenetic laboratory in pathology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. She is now a Professor of Pathology, Director of Clinical and Molecular Cytogenetics and Executive Editor of Cytogenetics and Genome research at the college.

Dr. Cannizzaro’s ability to identify abnormalities and use FISH (fluorescent in situ hybridization) technology to detect gene alterations, deletions or duplications has made a huge impact in the early detection of cancers such as breast cancer, chronic leukemia and bladder cancer. By reporting the presence or absence of chromosome or DNA alterations to physicians, they are able to properly and efficiently diagnose and treat patients.

“Amazing progress in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients has been made. As we move forward, it’s our responsibility to continue to develop the least invasive, most informative and most sensitive testing to detect cancer and other diseases at the earliest and most treatable stage,” she said.

The research and technological accomplishments that she has been a part of in her career has not only aided physicians, but has also made the process of coping with cancer much easier for patients.

Awards & Accomplishments: Ph.D., Fordham University, Cytogenetics; American Society of Human Genetics; American Association for Advanced Science; American
Cancer Society

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