May 16, 2023

Stringer-Reasor named 2023 Dean's Excellence Award Winner in Diversity Enhancement

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Erica Stringer-Reasor, M.D., associate professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, is the senior faculty winner of the Dean's Excellence Award in Diversity Enhancement.

After completing a degree in biomedical sciences from Auburn University, Dr. Stringer-Reasor completed an internal medicine internship at Tulane University and an internal medicine residency at Baptist Health System in Birmingham before receiving her board certification. Following certification, she completed two fellowships at the University of Chicago, one in Hematology/Oncology and another in Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics.

As Director of the Breast Cancer Program at UAB, Stringer-Reasor has developed a nationally and internationally recognized program, known for its excellence in clinical care, research, and mentorship. Under Stringer-Reasor's leadership, approximately 26 percent of the patients enrolled in the clinical trials found at UAB’s breast cancer program are Black women, far greater than the national average of three to five percent. This increase in minority clinical trial enrollment can be directly attributed to Stringer-Reasor's efforts in selecting trials that address Black women’s needs while establishing an inclusive clinical research environment.

Stinger-Reasor also works to aid patients with breast cancer at Cooper Green Mercy Health Services to gain access to clinical trials, in addition to her efforts to bring mobile mammography to underserved rural and urban areas of Alabama.

Stinger-Reasor has served as the Chair of the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (TBCRC) Diversity task force since 2022, during which she inaugurated travel scholarships for four minority fellows/residents to attend TBCRC meetings, recruiting a national speaker to educate the TBCRC research team on implicit bias, survey the institutions on patient demographics to better understand enrollment into trials across all sites, and initiated an observational study to improve resources to underserved sites.

Bassel El-Rayes, M.D., professor of Medicine and Director of the UAB Division of Hematology and Oncology notes "Dr. Stringer-Reasor has a remarkable track record of achievements in clinical research, mentorship and service and in each of these areas she has contributed to enriching diversity and promoting an inclusive culture."