Moffitt Merit Society®

Where You Are:

  • UNITES women as advocates to prevent and cure cancer
  • OFFERS educational and networking opportunities for members
  • GRANTS philanthropic support for the research and clinical work of female scientists
  • PROMOTES Moffitt’s female physicians and their outstanding patient care
  • SUPPORTS the Center for Women’s Oncology
  • ENCOURAGES female students aspiring to pursue careers in science and medicine

The Moffitt Merit Society® carries on the legacy of Merit Ptah, the first known woman in medicine nearly 5,000 years ago. The skills, achievements and compassionate care of female physicians and scientists at Moffitt reflect a deep commitment to providing hope and improving quality of life for those touched by cancer.

One in three women will experience cancer in her lifetime. Merit Society members stand beside them and partner with Moffitt physicians, researchers and staff to ensure that our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends will have access to the most advanced research-based treatments. Combined, our individual passion, expertise and philanthropy make us much more powerful in the fight against cancer.

Become a member!
Each member is part of this lifesaving quest. Membership benefits include tickets to the annual Merit Society membership event, invitations to educational and networking opportunities, one-on-one interaction with Moffitt experts, recognition in Moffitt communications and regular updates on physicians and scientists whose work benefits women's cancer research.

Membership $1000/*Associate Membership $500
*Available to women 40 and under
Quarterly installment option is available for both memberships

We would love to talk with you about membership.  
CALL: 813-745-1296
REGISTER ONLINE: Click here to register for the Merit Society

Coffee Talks
These educational and networking opportunities allow members to hear from Moffitt experts about specific research initiatives, introduce guests to the Merit Society and at the end of the year, vote on which projects to support.

In 2011, the Merit Society invested $10,000 in Dr. Patricia Judson’s study to determine whether a food supplement can improve survival rates and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. The study, published in the International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer, shows that fermented wheat germ extract (FWGE) is effective in killing a wide range of ovarian cancer cells while simultaneously enhancing the cancer-fighting qualities of certain chemotherapy treatments. Read the full story. These results will serve as the foundation for a world-first clinical trial, a stepping stone to personalized medicine using natural products.

In 2012, the Merit Society invested $10,000 in Dr. Nagi Kumar's study to determine whether nutritional supplements will reverse the effects of "chemo-brain" in cancer patients. The ultimate goal is to provide therapeutic and lifestyle interventions with the potential to alleviate or lessen the side effects of cancer treatment and improve quality of life for cancer survivors. Since Dr. Kumar was awarded Merit Society funds, her research has received both local and national attention. Click here to view a local story that highlights her hard work.

At the 2013 Membership Luncheon, the Merit Society had some very special news to share. All three doctors who presented at the Coffee Talks throughout the year were awarded funds toward their respective research projects:

Dr. Susan Vadaparampil Dr. Susan Vadaparampil
Developing a Psychoeducational Intervention
to Increase Uptake of Genetic Counseling
Dr. Ragini Kudchadkar
Dr. Ragini Kudchadkar
A New Definition for Melanoma
Dr. Mary Pinder-Schenck
Dr. Mary Pinder-Schenck
Lung Cancer Research: A Pathway to Hope

The Merit Society is seeing tremendous growth. The passion and excitement from the Tampa community is a crucial part of the program’s success. We hope you will join us in our lifesaving quest to defeat women’s cancers.
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