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Rhode Island Surgical Oncologist Earns National American Cancer Society Recognition



Roger Williams Cancer Center Surgical Oncologist Abdul Saied Calvino earned national recognition from the American Cancer Society (ACS) for his development of a comprehensive Hispanic advocacy program that encourages screenings for colorectal cancer. The Cancer Center is located in Providence, R.I.

Colorectal cancer is a particularly significant health risk for people of Hispanic descent. Compounding this problem is the fact that Hispanic participation in colorectal screenings, such as a colonoscopy, has been significantly less than the national average. Recognizing this, Dr. Calvino designed and coordinated a comprehensive, community-based education and outreach program, which, over a period of 18 months, dramatically increased colorectal screening participation by Hispanics in the metropolitan Providence area.

In recognition of this program and its results, the ACS has awarded its prestigious Lane Adams Quality of Life Award to Dr. Calvino. This national award is reserved for caregivers who lead by making a significant impact on cancer patients, their families, and their communities. In Dr. Calvino’s case, the ACS cited his creative problem-solving skills to eliminate barriers to access cancer care.

“This award reflects Dr. Calvino’s genuine concern for improving the health and wellness of the Rhode Island Hispanic community, and it dovetails perfectly with CharterCARE’s overall commitment to improve the health status of minority and disadvantaged communities in Rhode Island,” said CharterCARE Health Partners CEO Jeff Liebman.

Dr. Calvino, board certified in general surgery and complex surgical oncology, has established an active community outreach and cancer navigation program to improve access to surgical care in underserved populations. He has received recognition and numerous awards at the local and national level, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Carol Friedman Award for excellence in addressing cancer care disparities.