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Cancer Liaison Physician Named One of the Country’s 40 Under 40 in Cancer

June 5, 2019 – Richmond University Medical Center’s cancer liaison physician, Dr. Nisha A. Lakhi, was selected as one of the country’s 40 Under 40 in Cancer for her contributions to help cancer patients lead longer, healthier lives. The only Staten Island physician named to the 2019 class, Dr. Lakhi, 38, was selected as one of the recipients by a panel of judges that reviewed hundreds of candidates from across the United States.

“Through research, quality improvement, and my leadership role in the cancer program, I am passionate about helping patients and their families afflicted by cancer,” Dr. Lakhi said. “It truly is a privilege to be part of a patient’s cancer journey.  I am very grateful to the sponsors of 40 under 40 for this recognition, and will continue to dedicate my career to advancing the care of cancer patients as well as championing the cancer program at Richmond University Medical Center.”

Sponsored by The Lynx Group, McGivney Global Advisors, Upstream Partners, and Swim Across America, the 40 Under 40 in Cancer is an initiative to identify and recognize contributions being made across the field of cancer by rising stars and emerging leaders under the age of 40. The award recognizes Dr. Lakhi as one of the nation’s most promising young oncology professionals. Dr. Lakhi was presented with her award at a reception on June 1 in Chicago. Dr. Lakhi was celebrated along with her fellow award winners who hail from leading research and health care programs across the United States, including Memorial Sloan Kettering, Yale University, and the University of Chicago Medical Center.

As Richmond University Medical Center’s cancer liaison physician, Dr. Lakhi leads a large multidisciplinary cancer program. The cancer team she leads consists of a diverse group of physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, among many others, who are committed to improving the delivery of cancer related services. Dr. Lakhi’s achievements in oncology include quality studies and improvements, research projects, and mentoring.  

Dr. Lakhi jumped into the role of cancer liaison physician at Richmond University Medical Center while still maintaining her other responsibilities. She currently also serves as a faculty attending physician, fellowship director of the Empire Clinical Investigator Research Program (ECRIP), and director of research in the department of obstetrics and gynecology.  She also serves as the hospital’s director of gynecologic oncology tumor board. While much of her focus is on oncology, her specialty is in obstetrics and gynecology. 

“Our oncology program, and more importantly, our patients are blessed to have Dr. Lakhi,” medical center president and CEO, Dr. Daniel J. Messina, said. “She was key to us receiving our 81st consecutive year of accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Cancer last year. With her passion and drive to help people, she is truly deserving of this recognition.”

Outside of the hospital’s walls, Dr. Lakhi has performed cervical cancer screenings in the community for the underserved using portable exam tables and volunteer staff. Dr. Lakhi’s latest endeavor is enhancing the medical center’s research and genetic testing resources for cancer patients. 

Dr. Lakhi completed her residency at Richmond University Medical Center in obstetrics and gynecology. She also completed a fellowship in pelvic surgery at Atlanta Gynecologic Oncology in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Lakhi has also been published in peer reviewed publications, book chapters, and textbooks.