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SLUCare Surgeon Honored for Service

by Maggie Rotermund on 07/08/2021
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The Empowerment Network presented Sameer Siddiqui, M.D., a SLUCare urologic surgeon and the C. Rollins Hanlon Endowed Chair of Surgery, with its Blue Diamond Award for his work with the organization.

The award is given annually to a member of board or a survivor who has gone above expectations to help The Empowerment Network, a grass roots organization that supports underserved men and their families who are impacted by prostate cancer.

Sameer Siddiqui, M.D.

Pictured, from left, Mellve Shahid, CEO of The Empowerment Network, Sameer Siddiqui, M.D., and Robin Wright-Jones, executive director of The Empowerment Network.  Photo by Maggie Rotermund.

Siddiqui joined the board of The Empowerment Network in 2012. SLUCare physicians Zachary Hamilton, M.D., and John Dombrowski, M.D., Ph.D., also currently serve as board members.

Earlier this year, board members were challenged to help The Empowerment Network reach its fundraising goals on Give STL Day. Siddiqui led the charge and was responsible for the largest share of donations solicited by board members.

“We are thankful for their service and we are thankful for everyone at SLU,” said Mellve Shahid, CEO of The Empowerment Network. “The University has been a great community partner – from the School of Medicine to the School for Public Health and Social Justice to the Cancer Center, the University has been a great friend and help to us.”

Saint Louis University has partnered with The Empowerment Network since its founding in 2008.

In 2016, The Empowerment Network honored Philip Alderson, M.D., the outgoing dean of the school of medicine and vice president for medical affairs with its Wind Beneath Our Wings award. Shahid noted at the time that during Alderson’s tenure as dean the School of Medicine had received a five-year grant to partner with established advocacy organizations to fight cancer in minorities. Through the grant, The Empowerment Network expanded prostate cancer screenings and took its message of early detection and community education to the radio airwaves.

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