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Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes visits MCW

Cancer disparities and health equity issues in Milwaukee were the topics discussed with Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes during his visit to MCW on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Mr. Barnes heard from MCW leaders as well as Cancer Center faculty and staff about the health challenges facing many Milwaukee residents. He also learned about efforts being put forward by the MCW Cancer Center and its Community Advisory Board to provide education and promote cancer screening and early intervention for cancer diagnosis.

Lt. Governor Barnes had an opportunity to tour the Translation and Biomedical Research Center with Alonzo Walker, MD, Ruth Teske Professor of Surgical Oncology, and Cancer Center Interim Co-Directors James Thomas, MD, PHD, and Hallgeir Rui, MD PhD, Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse (WBCS) Endowed Chair in Basic Breast Cancer Research, to see where cancer research is conducted at MCW.

Mr. Barnes also met with Melinda Stolley, PhD, and Lauren Matthews, MPH, for a discussion on cancer disparities and how the Milwaukee Community is driving this area of research, particularly female breast cancer, lung and prostate cancer.

Lt. Governor Barnes concluded his visit by sitting down for a round table discussion with John Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO, Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Provost, Executive Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine, and Greg Wesley, JD, Senior Vice President for Strategic Alliances and Business Development, and Cancer Center leadership to talk about MCW’s priorities and vision for the future of cancer research in Wisconsin.

For questions or feedback on the Lt. Governor Barnes’ visit to MCW, please contact Kathryn Kuhn, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, gov-comm@mcw.edu or 955-8217.

Scenes from the visit:

Lt. Governor Barnes tours MCW

Lt. Governor Barnes visit