Maine doctor honored with national award
Thomas Keating, MD, of Brunswick, Maine, second from right, was honored with a 2012 American Cancer Society St. George National Award for his outstanding service to the community in support of the Society's mission. Throughout his successful career as a medical oncologist in Massachusetts and Maine, Dr. Keating has been an essential member of the American Cancer Society team. He first became a volunteer 35 years ago when he was a college student who had just learned that his brother had been diagnosed with cancer.
Since then, he has demonstrated his commitment to patient needs and services by serving on the organizing committee that started the Living With Cancer Conference in Maine, the longest running survivor conference of its type in the United States; launching a new unit in Boston; and holding several key leadership positions with the Society. He was a Board of Directors member for the Maine unit for seven years, including three years as President, and was the Medical Delegate for the New England Division Board from 2003-2004.
Through Dr. Keating’s personal experience as a caregiver, his chosen career in medicine, and his compassion for people during their cancer journey, he epitomizes an exemplary American Cancer Society volunteer. He works tirelessly to promote American Cancer Society patient services and reduce the burden of cancer on families.
Winners are nominated by the Division Board of Directors and determined by the National Board of Directors.
Photo, from left, Andrew McLean, JD, chair of the New England Board of Directors; Randy Schwartz, senior vice president of strategic health initiatives for the New England Division; Tracy A. Battaglia, MD, MPH, chief medical officer of the New England Division Board; Don Gudaitis, executive vice president and New England Division operating officer; Thomas Keating, MD, MS, MA, FACP; and Peg Camp, senior vice president of operations for the New England Division.