Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded Howard University the first annual Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. Komen Fellowship in Health Disparities. Komen Founder Nancy G. Brinker presented the fellowship award during the Komen Foundation’s annual Mission Conference, “Many Faces, One Voice” held June 11-13 2006 in Washington, D.C..

The Leffall Fellowship is an annual award to support the training of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the field of breast cancer. The fellowship provides funding at the post-doctoral level to a host institution for a three-year program supporting training and research addressing health disparities as they pertain to breast cancer. The award amount is $75000 a year for three consecutive years. This is the second year in the program.

The Research Fellow will be provided office space, a computer and supplies needed to conduct research. In addition, the fellow will be given a laptop to use. The fellow’s annual salary will be $45,000. Full benefits will also be provided. Housing will be the responsibility of the research fellow, but there are multiple residential buildings surrounding Howard University. This appointment will begin July 1st, 2007.

Leffall Fellowship created to honor LaSalle D. Leffall

The Komen Leffall Fellowship was created to honor the career and work of LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD, FACS. Dr. Leffall is Komen Foundation chairman of the board and Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine. He is a surgeon, oncologist, medical educator and leader in professional and civic organizations. In May 2002, Dr. Leffall was appointed to the President’s Cancer Panel.

Nancy G. Brinker, who founded the Komen Foundation in 1982 in memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer at the age of 36 said, “It is altogether fitting that the first annual Komen Leffall Fellowship in Health Disparities will be awarded to Howard University, the institution where Dr. LaSalle Leffall has studied, taught, mentored, practiced and inspired others for more than 50 years.”

Howard University

Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically African-American private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential. The university particularly emphasizes the provision of educational opportunities to promising African-American students.

If interested please forward CV and cover letter to Wayne Frederick, MD, FACS, Deputy Director, Howard University Cancer Center, at Department of Surgery, Howard University Hospital, Suite 4000, 2041 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20060. or send an e-mail to Or fax to 2028657498.