Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, USA
Barbara Pockaj, M.D., a physician in the Department of General Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and section head for Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, is recognized as the Michael M. Eisenberg Professor. As a surgical oncologist, Dr. Pockaj treats patients with breast cancers and skin neoplasms, especially melanoma. Working to establish Mayo’s practice of sentinel lymph node biopsies in Arizona, Dr. Pockaj organized and mentored the different clinical departments and ancillary staff to create efficiencies in working together. She heads the disease site team for melanoma and is leading efforts for conducting multicenter phase III clinical trials. With breast cancer continuing to be a large portion of her clinical and research practice, she is also involved with many clinical studies and trials designed to inform better treatments and therapies. She currently chairs the Breast Cancer Interest Group (BIG) at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, a group of clinicians and basic scientists focusing on breast cancer-related translational research projects.