Skin Cancer Foundation President Perry Robins, MD, Announces Retirement, Names Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, His Successor


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Perry Robins, MD, and Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD

Perry Robins, MD, and Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD

Perry Robins, MD, Founder and President of the Skin Cancer Foundation, was honored at the organization’s Champions for Change Gala, held October 18 at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Dr. Robins was honored at the event as a “Champion for Change” for his lifetime commitment to decreasing the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education. During his acceptance speech, Dr. Robins announced he would retire as President of the Foundation at the end of the year and named Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, as his successor. 

“Leading this organization has been my absolute pleasure and a highlight of my life’s work. I trust and believe that I have laid the groundwork for many years of growth and success,” Dr. ­Robins said at the Gala. “[Dr. Sarnoff’s] experience, drive, and passion for our cause make her a perfect and obvious choice. I know I am leaving the Foundation in the most capable of hands.”

“I am so honored, humbled, and grateful to serve as the next president of the Skin Cancer Foundation,” Dr. Sarnoff said on learning the news of her appointment as the Skin Cancer Foundation’s next President. Watch upcoming issues of The ASCO Post for interviews with Dr. Robins and Dr. Sarnoff.

Champions for Change

The Champions for Change Gala is the Skin Cancer Foundation’s principal fundraising event. Proceeds are used to expand the Foundation’s public awareness programs and research initiatives. 

Perry Robins, MD, and Marcia Robbins-Wilf, EdD

Perry Robins, MD, and Marcia Robbins-Wilf, EdD

Dr. Robins was honored alongside Marcia Robbins-Wilf, EdD, Chair of the Marcia Robbins-Wilf Research Award Society and a longstanding supporter of the Foundation. Sam Champion, weather anchor and longtime friend of the Foundation, hosted the event. Speakers included Olympic gold medalist and television host Summer Sanders and Dancing With the Stars pro Witney Carson—both of whom shared their personal experiences with melanoma.

The Gala was chaired by Dr. Sarnoff along with Ronald L. Moy, MD, Adam Schweitzer of ICM Partners, and Stephanie Schweitzer. ■



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