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Christopher DeStephano, M.D., M.P.H. (MED ’11, GYNM ’17), received an award, Mayo Clinic Florida

Christopher DeStephano, M.D., M.P.H. (MED ’11, GYNM ’17), Department of Medical and Surgical Gynecology at Mayo Clinic in Florida, received the sixth annual Denis A. Cortese, M.D., and Donna H. Cortese Innovation Award in the Science of Health Care Delivery. Dr. DeStephano’s research focuses on cancer disparities and improving the early recognition of cancer through innovative methods, including risk assessment, patient education and novel biomarkers. He is interested in studying the dissemination and implementation of interventions in delivery systems and communities, focusing on underserved populations and women’s health. Funding from this award will enable Dr. DeStephano to increase cancer screening and HPV vaccination among women with limited healthcare knowledge and access. His study aims to evaluate eligibility and participation characteristics of cervical cancer screening self-collection for HPV vaccination to improve cancer prevention among women seeking emergency care in northeast Florida. The Cortese family grant was established in 2017 by Denis Cortese, M.D., and his wife, Donna, to develop, test and implement innovative solutions for healthcare delivery. Dr. Cortese served as Mayo Clinic CEO from 2003 to 2009. Dr. DeStephano is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

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