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Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau and Longboard Invitational Announce Dr. David Easter to Receive the 2009 Rell Sunn 'Queen of Makaha' Award
Date:6/19/2009

Brilliant Doctor Brings the 'Aloha Spirit' into a Patient-Centered Approach to Surgical Medicine and Training

SAN DIEGO, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational announced today that David Easter, M.D., director of the General Surgery Residency Program at UCSD, will receive the 2009 Rell Sunn "Queen of Makaha" Award in recognition of his patient-centered approach and dedication to training the next generation of surgeons. The award will be formally presented to Dr. Easter at the 16th Annual Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational held at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on August 23, 2009.

"This perpetual trophy is awarded each year to the person or persons who best embody the true 'aloha spirit' and display the qualities shared by Rell Sunn and the Luau & Longboard Invitational - the battle against cancer, combined with unselfishness, compassion and a dedication to helping others," said Jessica Yingling, co-chair of the 16th Annual Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational. "Dr. Easter is a perfect fit for the Rell Sunn Award, and we are proud to recognize his dedication to caring for the whole patient and passing on the 'aloha spirit' to the next generation of surgeons."

Dr. Easter has a passion for his patients and a passion for his work. Even though he's already involved in multiple groups that influence patient care, he still finds the time to lead medical students and surgical residents through the multifaceted world of surgery. As director of the General Surgery Residency Program, Dr. Easter is the mentor-in-chief of a new generation of surgeons. With him in that role, there is great hope for new surgeons who are not only possessed of the latest technical skills in the field but also carry warmth and sensitivity to the feelings of patient and their families. In addition, Dr. Easter influences th
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