Help us put a new spin on #ManCrushMonday! In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, UC Cancer Institute has chosen to honor some of our very own "man crushes”—men fighting against this horrible disease. They could be treating it in the clinic, studying it in the lab, or fighting it themselves as patients. Check out our social media pages each Monday in October to see our #ManCrushMonday posts and help us to applaud these men who are making a difference.
And don’t forget to join in the fun. We’d love to know about the heroic men in your lives fighting the fight against breast cancer. Be sure to tag @uchealthnews with your #ManCrushMonday posts.
Mahmoud Charif, MD, is
a UC Cancer Institute breast oncologist, an assistant professor of clinical
medicine in the division of hematology oncology within the UC College of
Medicine and the medical director of mid-level services. Below, he discusses
his passion for academic medicine and why it is important to increase breast cancer
awareness in male populations.
"I received my medical degree at Damascus University Medical
School in Syria in 1988; then, I came to the U.S. for residency training in
internal medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. I worked as an
internist in rural Southern Ohio for over a decade. I joined UC in 2005 for a
fellowship in blood banking and transfusion medicine then a fellowship in
hematology oncology during which I became very interested in breast cancer and
joined the UC faculty as a breast oncologist.
"My ties to the Cincinnati area go back more than 20 years
since my residency days in Dayton—I had many friends in Cincinnati and I
visited often. Cincinnati as a multicultural city was always like a second home
to me. In addition, during my residency
at Wright State, UC was the ‘big sister’ down the road that could handle
"In my roles, I see patients at the UC Health Barrett Cancer
Center, in West Chester and oncology patients who are admitted to UC Medical
Center. I also provide consultation services to other medical specialties for
oncology- or hematology-related issues.
I participate in the education of medical trainees including medical
students, medical residents and hematology oncology fellows both with didactic
teaching and practical teaching in the office and on hospital rounds.
"Breast cancer is much more common in women than in men, and
breast cancer awareness in women is quite good; most women know about screening
and prevention. However, for men, often
the first time they think about breast cancer is when they are told that the
breast lump they’ve had for a while is cancer. Improving breast cancer
awareness among men is important because the prognosis is dependent to a large
extent on how early the cancer is diagnosed.
"There are several factors that distinguish academic
medicine: the ability to work with experts in multiple areas to provide the
best available and up-to-date care possible and the ability to participate in
all phases of research by collaborating with basic scientists and other
clinicians. This advances our knowledge in the field and introduces innovative
therapies and improves current therapies. But my favorite parts of my work are
the interaction with the wonderful group of patients from whom I learn every
day as I observe their courage and perseverance as well as passing on the
knowledge and experience to the next generation of doctors to continue a
tradition that started thousands of years ago.
"In my spare time, I enjoy car trips with my wife and four
children, reading history and working in my yard. What many people may not know
about me is that I love working on my cars, although my wife isn't thrilled
when I walk into the house covered head to toe in grease.”