McAlister Fellowship is Funded for 8th Straight Year

December 21, 2015

The Harold McAlister Charitable Foundation has renewed its support of the John Wayne Cancer Institute by funding the surgical oncology named fellowship for 2015–2016. The foundation has funded this prestigious fellowship for eight years in a row. This year’s recipient is David Y. Lee, MD. Dr. Lee graduated from the University of Maryland and earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed a research fellowship and residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, University Hospital of Columbia University, in New York City.

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(From left) Robert O. Klein; Dr. Mark B. Faries; Dr. David Y Lee, The Harold McAlister Charitable Foundation fellow; Mari McAlister and Patrick McAlister

At the Institute, Dr. Lee focuses on melanoma, fellow education, colorectal cancer and sarcoma. Earlier this year, he presented data at the Society of Surgical Oncology annual meeting on the consequence of not detecting positive lymph nodes on sentinel lymph node biopsy in the treatment of melanoma. Dr. Lee is also the author of a study published recently in the Annals of Surgical Oncology that explored the impact of certification on the training of surgical oncology fellows.

The Harold McAlister Charitable Foundation was established in 1959 and honors the legacy of Hobart and Soni McAlister, who were longtime friends of Saint John’s Health Center. We are grateful for the Harold McAlister Charitable Foundation’s ongoing support. The fellowship program enables the Institute to continue educating the next generation of leaders in the fight against cancer.