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March 9, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

University Hospital Surgeon Named One of the Top Cancer Doctors for Women by Good Housekeeping

Leslie J. Kohman, a thoracic surgeon at University Hospital of the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, has been selected as one of the top 318 cancer doctors for women by Good Housekeeping. The magazine’s listing of top physicians appears in its March 1999 issue.

Good Housekeeping polled 280 department chairs and section chiefs at major medical centers across the country, asking them “In your opinion, which doctors, provide expert treatment and are leading clinicians for lung, breast and colon cancer in women?” Out of the 1,200 physicians named, Good Housekeeping selected the 318 cited most often.

“Recognition from one’s peers is very gratifying,” Kohman said of her inclusion in the magazine’s top doctor list. As a physician, Kohman said she tries to be extremely responsive to her patients’ needs and sees any patient she can–with or without referrals. “It’s all about being there when you’re needed.”

In addition to her surgical practice, Kohman serves as professor of medicine and surgery in the Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. She joined the faculty in 1985. As a researcher, Kohman has received grants from the National Cancer Institute, American Heart Association and others. She is currently co investigator for the National Institute of Health study examining “Minimal Access Surgery in Thoracic Malignancies.”

A frequent presenter at medical conferences and symposia across the country, Kohman has written for various medical texts and has been published in leading medical journals. In 1994, she represented the American Medical Women’s Association at the White House for a briefing on the Clinton Health Care Plan.

Kohman of Syracuse earned her medical degree at Pennsylvania State University and did residencies at Robert Packer Hospital (Sayre, Pa.) and SUNY Health Science Center.

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