Radiation Oncologist Gagne Hosts Evening Talk in Support of CNHS Microphilanthropy
- By Erin E Post
Havaleh Gagne, M.D.’03, assistant professor of radiology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a radiation oncologist at Fletcher Allen Health Care, hosted an evening talk September 19 focused on how alcohol consumption and smoking increase the risk for developing head, neck and lung cancers.
The event was organized by the Student Organization of Medical Radiation Sciences at the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Through microphilanthropy, the students hope to raise $500 to help support educating the UVM community about the risks of drinking and smoking and what they can do now to prevent being diagnosed with cancer later in life. Microphilanthropy is a model of giving that “engages donors on a very personal level,” and fosters students’ leadership and engagement. Other projects have supported student attendance at the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA) convention, and provided scholarships for students to participate in the public health nursing course in Uganda.
Gagne, who is a 2003 graduate of the UVM College of Medicine, completed her residencies at the State University of New York-Syracuse and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal, gynecological, head, neck, and lung cancers.