Tributes flood social following death of “trailblazing and talented” breast cancer surgeon Dr Lori Wilson

Tributes flood social following death of "trailblazing and talented" breast cancer surgeon Dr Lori Wilson

Tributes flood social following death of "trailblazing and talented" breast cancer surgeon Dr Lori Wilson. Image: Howard University Hospital/Twitter

TRIBUTES flooded social media after it was announced that Dr Lori Wilson, a “trailblazing and talented” breast cancer surgeon and survivor, had passed away.

Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick announced that Dr Lori Wilson, the university’s former residency program director and chief of surgical oncology, had passed away on Friday, October 14.

“I am devastated to report that my colleague and dear friend, Dr Lori Wilson, associate dean for faculty development and diversity, professor of surgery, and chief of surgical oncology at Howard University School of Medicine, has passed away this morning,” Frederick’s wrote.

“Dr Wilson was a remarkable person. She was an innovator and trailblazer. She was an advocate and a servant-leader. And, for many years, she was a breast cancer survivor.”
He added: “Not only was Dr Wilson one of the most talented cancer surgeons I have ever encountered, she was the first woman to hold the surgical oncology division chief position at Howard University Hospital (HUH) and the first woman to be promoted to full professor in surgery at Howard University College of Medicine.

“She was also a cancer patient, having battled with breast cancer herself. I believe it was this personal experience with breast cancer that made her such a tremendous doctor and resource for women at Howard and in the Washington, D.C. community.”

Tributes continued to pour into social media on Saturday, October 15.

“Such an incredible loss to surgical education, to breast surgery, and to those of us who knew and loved her. Rest In Peace, Lori Wilson, MD, FACS,” Patricia L. Turner wrote.

Candice Thompson said: “So saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Lori Wilson, a phenomenal woman!”

“Dr. Lori Wilson – colleague -surgeon-scientist-warrior. She left her mark. I hate cancer. We will continue the fight!” wrote Vanessa B. Sheppard.

Brian Joseph Sajorda said: “RIP to Dr. Lori Wilson, arguably the most kind-hearted, badass, and compassionate surgical oncologist to walk to halls of HUH. I had the opportunity to do an I&D with her during my surgery rotation and she made the OR such a better place to work!”

Janine M. Ziermann wrote: “I’m still in shock. We all lost a wonderful colleague. It is just two months ago that Dr. Lori Wilson and several faculty (incl. myself) met to discuss improvements in mentorship and other things for faculty at Howard. RIP Dr. Wilson @HowardU”

“So sorry to hear about the loss of such a great individual, surgeon, and teacher. I had the opportunity to learn from her in the OR and her profound kindness to patients, coworkers, residents, and students will always be how I remember her,” George Sidrak said.

Previously, the talented breast cancer surgeon and survivor had been highlighted as part of International Women’s Day for her contributions the breast cancer care.

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