NF Mid-Atlantic is pleased to announce:
Dr. Andrew T. Putnam Receives 2011 “Make A Difference Award”
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - December 2011 -NF Mid-Atlantic is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew T. Putnam is the recipient of the 2011 "Make A Difference Award" from Neurofibromatosis, Mid-Atlantic.
Andrew T. Putnam, M.D., palliative care specialist at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. has received the prestigious 2011 "Make A Difference Award" from NF Mid-Atlantic.
In her nomination letter, Diana Baldwin (the mother of a son with Neurofibromatosis), of St. Leonard, Maryland, stated in part: "My son had a benign PNST (Plexiform Nerve Sheath Tumor) [from NF] removed from his spine last February and then had his spine fused due to severe scoliosis six weeks later at Georgetown University Hospital. There were many outstanding doctors who participated in my son's care but the one who stands out is Dr. Andrew Putnam."
Dr. Putnam is an Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine and Lombardi Cancer Center. His primary specialty is Palliative Medicine.
The "Make A Difference Award" was established in 2002 by Neurofibromatosis Mid-Atlantic (NF Mid-Atlantic) as a recognition of a professional in the Mid-Atlantic region who has demonstrated an exceptionally warm and giving heart and who has gone beyond the usual expected treatment. NF Mid-Atlantic wants to encourage good patient/professional relationships that can enhance the quality of life for those affected by neurofibromatosis. An individual with neurofibromatosis or a family member nominates the professional for the Award. Dr. Putnam joins a distinguished list of past winners: 2003 - Richard P. Holm, M.D ; 2004 - John M. Huffman, M.D ; 2005 - Joan O. Weiss, A.C.S.W.; 2006 - Susan R. Panny, M.D.; 2007 - Sandra Cushner-Weinberg, M.S.W., P.T.; 2008 -Weinberg Academy; 2009 -Jaishri Blakeley, M.D.; and 2010-Douglas Stewart, M.D.
Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nerves anywhere in the body at any time. The condition affects 1 in 2,500 males and females of all races and ethnic groups. NF is also characterized by café-au-lait spots on the skins, bone deformities, deafness, vision problems, seizures, learning disabilities and cancer. The unpredictability and potential for disfigurement and serious medical problems caused by NF often increase the burden for those who have the disorder. At this time, there is no known cure and the symptoms are generally treated with surgery.
Neurofibromatosis, Inc.-Mid-Atlantic is a nonprofit support organization dedicated to individuals and families affected by all forms of neurofibromatosis since 1979. The organization services the needs through educational, support, and research programs in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and North Carolina.
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