UNM cancer specialist Ian Rabinowitz, MD, is being honored for his long record of contributions to Cancer Services of New Mexico (CSNM), a leading nonprofit organization that serves the state’s cancer patients.
Rabinowitz is the recipient of the 2016 Eisenberg Award, which honors a New Mexican cancer survivor whose work with CSNM has made a significant difference in the lives of other New Mexicans coping with cancer.
"Dr. Rabinowitz made tremendous contributions to Cancer Services of New Mexico before he began his personal cancer journey, and he has continued to be an important part of our organization since his diagnosis,” CSNM president Kathleen Kreider said.
Rabinowitz is a professor in UNM’s Division of Hematology/Oncology and director of UNM’s Hematology/Oncology Fellowship program. In 2001 he became the founding member of CSNM’s Medical Advisory Board, where he played a crucial role in helping the organization develop relationships with oncologists throughout New Mexico.
His familiarity with New Mexico’s cancer community helped shape development of the Family Cancer Retreat, a nationally recognized educational program that has become CSNM’s signature program. It provides New Mexico’s adult cancer patients and their loved ones with tools and information they need to manage the treatment and survival process.
The program serves some 600 people from more than 200 New Mexican families each year, and is the largest program of its type in the U.S. Rabinowitz has been a popular speaker through the years, and has encouraged hundreds of patients to attend.
“It is a privilege to be associated with this amazing organization,” Rabinowitz said. “Cancer Services of New Mexico has provided invaluable services for many years, addressing unmet needs for New Mexico’s cancer patients and their loved ones in a way that is unique in the United States.”
The Eisenberg Award was created in 2014 in honor of Gary Eisenberg, an Albuquerque attorney who was diagnosed with cancer and went through extensive treatment during the 12 years he served as the legal counsel on CSNM’s Board of Directors. He was the first recipient of the award.
Cancer Services of New Mexico is an independent, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2001 to provide services to reduce cancer suffering for New Mexican families. The organization works closely with other cancer services providers to ensure coordination and avoid duplication of effort. CSNM is the only statewide non-profit organization that looks broadly at addressing gaps in cancer-related services while maintaining a 100 percent focus on New Mexico.