UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Magazine E-Edition 2017 - Page 10

THANK YOU NOTES MICHAEL BERTRAM MONA FOUAD Associate Director for Administration at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center I greatly appreciate the opportunity Dr. Partridge has given me to work at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. It has truly been the best professional experience of my career. It has been tremendous for me to be along for the ride as he revived and led the Cancer Center to new heights. His character-driven leadership has been inspirational to me personally. Professor and Senior Associate Dean in the School of Medicine and Division Director in the UAB Department of Preventive Medicine I have had the pleasure of working side by side with Ed Partridge for 20 years. One of his core principles has remained constant since the beginning: Research must lead to improving the lives of people in communities. Ed’s passion for research and his big heart for doing good drives his science. CLAUDIA HARDY Program Director of the Cancer Center’s Community Outreach Office KIRBY BLAND Professor and Chair Emeritus of the UAB Department of Surgery, Senior Advisor to the Director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center We considered Ed Partridge the consummate leader and coinvestigator who led and championed diversity research begun in breast, cervical and uterine carcinomas. As a coinvestigator on these projects, he oversaw mentoring for the development of grants, foundation support, NIH awards and local philanthropy. The state and UAB are indebted to Ed Partridge for his insight and progressive leadership in this seminal effort that truly moved cancer therapy and the Cancer Center into the 21st century. We are grateful for the major achievements provided during his leadership as the Cancer Center director. We wish Ed and Barbara well in his retirement as they enter a new phase in their life. 10 U A B C O M P R E H E N S I V E C A N C E R Dr. Partridge and I met at Tuskegee University in 1997. We were a part of a work-group where I shared my experiences growing up in the Black Belt and the role that the church then played as a sphere of influence for minorities. When I went to work for Dr. Partridge, my first major responsibility was a project that tests the effectiveness of using rural Community Health Advisors to promote and increase mammography and cervical cancer screenings for African American women in several underserved counties. We were able to show our viability and subsequently use this data to receive a key grant which began the Deep South Network for Cancer Control. Dr. Partridge has always referred to me as his “right hand” in managing the Cancer Center’s community-based outreach and research initiatives. As my boss, mentor and leader, he has allowed me to be assertive, bold, courageous and creative while we came up with innovative ways to reach the medically underserved. Through this work, Dr. Partridge allowed me the opportunity to have a meaningful career that is much more than a job. C E N T E R