Moffitt Cancer Center’s Dr. Christine Laronga Elected President of the Association of Women Surgeons

November 22, 2016

Christine LarongaTAMPA, Fla. Christine Laronga, M.D., F.A.C.S., surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center, has been named president of the Association of Women Surgeons. The international organization boasts more than 1,800 members and represents 21 countries.

“I am thrilled to be in this new position with the Association of Women Surgeons,” said Laronga. “This is my opportunity to give back to an organization that has offered me so much throughout the years.”

The association was founded in 1981 and is an educational and professional organization. It is committed to supporting women surgeons at various stages in their career, from medical school through retirement. The association offers members programs and services to engage current and future female surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals, empower women to succeed, and encourage them to excel in their aspirations. The 35-year-old nonprofit organization provides mentorship, education and a networking community to promote contributions and achievements as students, surgeons and leaders.

At Moffitt, Laronga makes a difference in women’s lives through her clinical practice and research. She treats women with all levels of breast disease, from benign cysts to metastatic breast cancer.

Laronga is a principal investigator for several groundbreaking procedures, including nipple and areola skin-sparing efforts after mastectomy and liposuction for arm lymphedema resulting from breast cancer treatment. She also conducts basic research in proteomics, the study of protein markers in tissue and blood. On a state level, she is the State Chair for the Commission on Cancer and a Florida Governor of the American College of Surgeons. She also is active in the American Cancer Society serving on the Florida Division Board. At the national level, Laronga is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network breast risk reduction panel that reviews guidelines for treating women at high risk for breast cancer. 

Before she was named president of the Association of Women Surgeons, she served in multiple capacities, including as treasurer. She is also a member of the American Cancer Society Clinical Cancer and Epidemiology study section evaluating research grant applications. In addition, she is a member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers.  Laronga is extensively published in professional journals, has written several book chapters, speaks at numerous national and international scientific meetings, and is on the editorial board for several medical journals.  

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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