Congratulations to David Cognetti, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery and Co-Director of the Jefferson Center for Head and Neck Surgery, and Joseph Curry, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, who recently received the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health (SKCC) “Philanthropic Award.”
They were presented the award by Jonathan Agree, Vice President of Development at the SKCC, at the recent SKCC Member Retreat, held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Cognetti and Curry are both actively involved with various philanthropic efforts for the SKCC and the larger Jefferson community, most notably the following:
- The Neu Center for Supportive Medicine and Cancer Survivorship, established by philanthropists David and Esperanza Neu. The Center serves as a comprehensive resource for psychosocial care and research, ensuring patients feel supported and emotionally healthy as they confront and recover from cancer. The Center first piloted services in Jefferson’s Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, where Mr. Neu received his care during his cancer diagnosis.
- David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation, started by head and neck cancer survivor David Caldarella. The Foundation is a nonprofit that raises funds to provide financial assistance, wellness services, and hope to families affected by a cancer diagnosis. The Foundation helped raise funds for Jefferson last November at its Hope Under the Sea Gala.
- Jefferson’s Complex Head and Neck Care and Education (CHANCE) program, where Curry and Cognetti have led a team of surgeons, nurses, fellows, and medical students on mission trips to Haiti. CHANCE is not only focused on bringing head and neck medical care to Haiti, but also on educating the local medical professionals on how to continue care after the mission trips.
The Philanthropic Award was a new addition to this year’s Member Retreat to highlight and honor individuals making a difference in the Jefferson community.