Dr. Heather Yeo wins award for work to improve surgical outcomes for GI cancer patients: 4 takeaways

Weill Cornell Medicine scientist Heather Yeo, MD, was awarded a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Clinical Investigator Award for her research, according to a release from the University. 

Dr. Yeo's work has focused on improving perioperative surgical outcomes in patients with gastrointestinal cancer.

Here are four takeaways:

1. The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation bestows awards annually on physicians who are conducting disease-oriented research that demonstrates a high level of innovation and creativity.

2. Dr. Yeo was among five other award recipients. Each physician will receive a three-year grant totaling $450,000 for the research, and up to $100,000 to cover any outstanding medical school debt.

3. Dr. Yeo will use the grant to conduct a randomized control trial to assess the effectiveness of a health-tracking mobile app. The app could help improve post-surgical outcomes for GI cancer patients when compared to the standard postoperative follow-up care. She believes the app will reduce hospital readmissions and help improve both quality of life and patient-physician communication.

4. Dr. Yeo is focusing on patients above 65-years-old because of their high rate of readmission and postsurgical complications.

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