OWINGS MILLS, Md., June 30, 2011 --The Monumental City Medical Society (MCMS) has presented Sanford J. Siegel, M.D., with the 2011 Pioneers in Medicine Award during its annual Pioneers in Medicine and Medical Scholarships for Minority Students Awards Banquet. Dr. Siegel, president and CEO of Baltimore-based Chesapeake Urology Associates, PA, one of the leading large urology group practices in the nation, was also recognized by the Baltimore City Council for his leading work in prostate cancer prevention.
The mission of the MCMS is to improve health care in the African American community, reduce healthcare disparities between the community and the population at large, support and promote practices of African American physicians, and help younger physicians entering the field of medicine. The Society awarded Dr. Siegel the Pioneer in Medicine award for his community outreach program, the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge® (GPCC) that has significantly and positively impacted Baltimore's African American male patient population.
In 2007, under the direction of Dr. Siegel, Chesapeake Urology Associates created a program to increase awareness and raise money for prostate cancer research, and provide free screenings for men in need. Since the first 5K race in 2007, and now in its fifth year, the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge Baltimore has raised more than $850,000 for prostate cancer research and awareness and provided free screenings to more than 3,500 men. The GPCC is the only physician-based prostate cancer awareness and fundraising program in the country. Typically, eight to 10 percent of men screened require further testing and treatment.
In conjunction with African American churches in Baltimore and their pastors, Chesapeake Urology Associates has provided more than 35 free prostate cancer screenings to those in need since 2007. The GPCC is the only free prostate cancer screening program in the nation delivered through, and in conjunction with, African American churches to promote preventive care, create awareness in underserved populations, and bring physicians into communities.
Chesapeake Urology Associates, along with ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer, a 501C3, together has grown the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge to include over 25 cities this year with an estimated 15,000 participants nationally.
Sanford J. Siegel, M.D., F.A.C.S., -- Dr. Siegel has been practicing urology in the Baltimore area for more than 25 years. As president and CEO of Chesapeake Urology Associates, he has built the practice into one of the country's largest and highest quality urology practices, and the largest in the mid-Atlantic Region.
In 2006, Dr. Siegel initiated the Chesapeake Urology Associates Scholarship Fund in conjunction with the Central Scholarship Bureau to provide scholarship assistance to full-time students pursuing degrees in medicine, nursing and ancillary health fields. He also established the Chesapeake Urology Associates/AUA Foundation Research Scholar program to fund urology research.
Dr. Siegel is a member of the board of directors of the Large Urology Group Practice Association and serves as the chairman of its Advocacy Committee. In addition he is a member of the board of directors of ZERO -- The Project to End Prostate Cancer, a director on the board of the Central Scholarship Bureau and a board member of the Park Heights Community Health Alliance (PHCHA). Dr. Siegel practices general urology and his specialties include erectile dysfunction, vasectomy and benign prostate disease.
Chesapeake Urology Associates – CUA is the largest urology practice in Maryland and the mid-Atlantic Region, delivering the most innovative and compassionate urology care available. Composed of more than 45 of the mid-Atlantic region's top urologists, including many who are fellowship trained, 4 radiation oncologists, and a urologic pathologist, Chesapeake Urology provides the convenience of 16 urology centers and 14 surgical centers throughout the greater Baltimore, Maryland area. Experienced, board-certified urologists use advanced treatments to manage all types of urological problems for adults and children including prostate cancer, enlarged prostate, kidney stones, urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, male fertility and sexual health, vasectomy and vasectomy reversal, pelvic pain and clinical trials for urologic conditions.
The Monumental City Medical Society – MCMS was founded in 1939 and is the first African-American physician association in Baltimore. Monumental is an affiliate of the National Medical Association.
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