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Dr. Donald Atkinson Honored with National Pancreas Foundation Courage Award

Thursday, March 24th, 2011


The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) today announced that Donald Atkinson, MD, a surgical oncologist at Allegheny General Hospital, will be recognized with the 2011 NPF Courage Award for his lifelong dedication to patients and families coping with pancreatic disease.

The award will be presented at the NPF Courage for a Cure Gala on Friday, June 24 at the Circuit Center at SouthSide Works.

The National Pancreas Foundation is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit established in 1997 to address the needs of people with pancreatic disease. The Foundation provides patient support services, funds medical research to develop a cure for pancreatic disease and increases public awareness regarding these devastating conditions.

“Dr. Atkinson is a staunch advocate for patients coping with pancreatic disease,” said Patter Birsic, NPF co-founder. “We are pleased to recognize his tireless support of the NPF mission and the patients we serve.”

Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Atkinson earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas followed by an internship and residency at Wayne State University Health Center. He completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Atkinson specializes in surgery for patients with pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States as well as around the world.

“The NPF and the patients they represent have been truly courageous in the fight against pancreatic disease,” Dr. Atkinson said. “I have been privileged to support the work of the NPF through the years and am honored to accept this award.”


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