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Surgical Oncologist recognized for outreach to Latino community

Dr. Abdul Saied Calvino, a surgical oncologist with the Roger Williams Cancer Center, was recently recognized by the Rhode Island Professional Latino Association (RIPLA) for his outreach efforts on cancer prevention and treatment in the Latino community. The award presentation took place during RIPLA’s 10 year anniversary celebration. Dr. Calvino also received special Congressional recognition from Rep. David Cicilline at the event. During his remarks, Dr. Calvino thanked hospital leadership and Dr. N. Joseph Espat, Chairman of Surgery and Director of the Cancer Center, for their support.

Cancer is now the leading cause of death among Latinos in Rhode Island. This underserved population is less likely to get screened and cancer is often diagnosed in these patients at a later stage. Dr. Calvino's community outreach efforts to increase access to cancer care and overcome language and cultural barriers have positively impacted cancer care in Rhode Island’s growing Latino community.

Dr. Calvino has partnered with leading organizations in Rhode Island’s Latino community including the Latino Cancer Control Task Force and Progreso Latino. He was also recently elected to the Board of Directors of The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island, where he co-chairs the Screening and Detection workgroup. Dr. Calvino has been interviewed on Hispanic radio stations and Telemundo Providence, spoken at events sponsored by the Latino Cancer Control Task Force and others, and trained more than a dozen volunteers to spread our message of cancer care in the Latino community. Dr. Calvino, who is one of two Spanish speaking surgical oncologists at the Cancer Center along with Dr. Espat, was also instrumental in setting up a Spanish language section of the cancer center website at www.sabemosdecancer.org. To help care for those in underserved populations, Dr. Calvino also holds regular clinic hours at the St. Joseph Health Center in Providence.

To learn more about the cancer program at Roger Williams including our outreach efforts, please visit weknowcancer.org or sabemosdecancer.org.