Sharon H. Kohlenberg Healthcare Service Award

About the Award

The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) established the Sharon H. Kohlenberg Healthcare Service Award in 1995 to recognize Virginians employed in the healthcare field who “exhibit a deep and abiding commitment to the fight against breast cancer.” The award also honors the memory of Sherry Kohlenberg, a healthcare administrator and co-founder of VBCF, who died from breast cancer in 1993. The award honors a resident of Virginia who is a licensed / registered healthcare provider in the Commonwealth of Virginia and who is employed (not a volunteer) in a breast cancer-related field within a healthcare setting. The purpose of the award is to recognize healthcare professionals who go above and beyond what is normally expected of a competent, caring professional working with people affected by breast cancer. VBCF particularly seeks nominations of individuals reflecting the diversity of our Commonwealth.

The nomination period for the 2014 Sharon H. Kohlenberg Healthcare Service Award will begin in August 2014.

Past Award Recipients

  • 1995: Harry Bear, MD and Tom Smith, MD of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center
  • 1996: Claire Carman, MD of Norfolk Breast Care Specialists, and Kathy Spiegel, RN, of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center
  • 1997: Susan Miesfeldt, MD of University of Virginia’s Medical Center
  • 1998: Mark Ellis, MD of Williamsburg Radiation Therapy Center
  • 1999: Karen Knapp, MD of Commonwealth Physicians for Women
  • 2000: David Marcus Randolph, MD of Lewis Gale Oncology Center,Salem, VA
  • 2001: Ellen Shaw de Paredes, MD of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
  • 2002: Andrea Pozez, MD of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
  • 2003: Pamela Worrel Black, ACSW, LCSW of Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • 2004: Jennifer Harvey, MD of University of Virginia’s Medical Center
  • 2005: Mary Helen Hackney, MD of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
  • 2006: VCU Breast Cancer Genetics Team, comprised of Heather Creswick, MS, CGC, John Quillin, PhD, MPH, CGC, and Joann Bodurtha, MD, MPH, of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
  • 2007: Eric P. Melzig, MD and Linda RossCersley,RN of Richmond Surgical Group, Richmond, VA
  • 2008: Meg Shrader, RN, Breast Cancer Navigator for Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA
  • 2009: George Knaysi, Jr., MD of Richmond Sugical Group, Richmond, VA
  • 2010: Diane B. Wilson, EdD, MS, RD of Virginia Commonwealth University Heath System
  • 2011:  Leotha “Candy” Wilkins and The Hope Wellness Center, Woodbridge, VA
  • 2012: Jennifer Reed, MD, Sentara Hospital, Norfolk, VA
  • 2013: Tifany Lewis, MS, CGC of Virginia OncologyAssociates, Norfolk, VA