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Breast Cancer Surgeon Named a Healthcare Hero

The Long Island Business News (LIBN) recently awarded its “Health Care Heroes” Physician Hero Award to Christine Hodyl, D.O., FACS, director of breast health services at South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center. LIBN’s “Health Care Heroes” awards honor individuals and organizations in the health care industry in Nassau and Suffolk counties for outstanding leadership and commitment.

Since coming to South Nassau in 2007, Dr. Hodyl has been a staunch advocate of breast cancer awareness initiatives and to promoting breast cancer screening and detection. She has lectured at senior centers, civic groups and local colleges about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.

On several occasions she has been the featured speaker of the “Pink Glow of Hope,” a breast cancer awareness event jointly sponsored by the Office of the Nassau County Executive, 1 in 9 Hewlett House and South Nassau Communities Hospital. She has also been a featured guest of the Town of Hempstead breast cancer prevention forums. In 2010, Dr. Hodyl was lauded at the annual 1 in 9 Hewlett House Breast Cancer Benefit and was presented the prestigious “Symbol of Hope” award.

South Nassau’s Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, Dr. Hodyl is recognized for her expertise in breast health and treatment of breast cancer. She has extensive training in breast ultrasound and oncoplastic surgery. Dr. Hodyl completed her residency training and a research fellowship at two of the New York metro area’s most prestigious hospitals. She was a surgical resident at Maimonides Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY) from 1993-99 and conducted research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, NY) from 1995 to 1997.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Hodyl earned a bachelor’s degree at Adelphi University in 1988 and Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at New York Institute of Technology in 1992. She is active in research and has been published in The Journal of Surgical Research and Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research. She is a member of numerous medical professional organizations, including the American Society of Breast Surgeons and American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.

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