Patient Care

Gilda’s Club to Honor Wilmot Cancer Center Doctors at Gala

Oct. 26, 2009
Jane Liesveld, M.D.

Jane Liesveld, M.D.,and Deepak Sahasrabudhe, M.D., oncologists at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, will receive Gilda’s Club’s highest award for outstanding care to people with cancer. They will receive the Jacob Gitelman Award Friday, Nov. 6, during Gilda’s Gala at George Eastman House.

“Drs. Liesveld and Sahasrabudhe are wonderful clinicians who are sensitive to their patients’ needs and help improve their quality of life,” said Beverly Brooks, executive director of Gilda’s Club. “We are grateful for the expertise they provide to people with cancer in our community and for the generosity of their time because they volunteer to speak with patients at the Clubhouse.”

The Jacob Gitelman Award recognizes outstanding, meritorious service by a medical professional working with oncology patients associated with Gilda's Club.

Deepak Sahasrabudhe, M.D.

“It’s a pleasure to see Jane and Deepak recognized by our community. They have had a profound impact on so many people with cancer,” said Richard I. Fisher, M.D., director of the Wilmot Cancer Center.

Liesveld is professor of Medicine and Hematology/Oncology and clinical director of the Samuel E. Durand Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the Wilmot Cancer Center. She is an expert in the care of patients with and research related to leukemia and blood and marrow stem cell transplantation. 

Her research interests focus on improved therapies for acute myelogenous leukemia and methods to improve the success of stem cell transplantation. Liesveld earned her medical degree at the University of Iowa. She completed an internship and residency at Strong Memorial Hospital and then hematology and medical oncology fellowships at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Sahasrabudhe is professor of Medicine and Hematology/Oncology and co-leader of the center’s Prostate Cancer and Genitourinary Oncology Program.

He earned his medical degree from the Bombay University in India. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Albany Medical Center Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He was named a Wilmot Cancer Research Fellow at the Wilmot Cancer Center in 1982 and joined the faculty in 1986.

For more than a decade, Sahasrabudhe directed the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Program, helping guide the next generation of oncologists. He leads a variety of clinical trials for urologic cancers. His research interests are in the area of biologic therapy of cancer. 

Individual tickets to the gala are $175 and are available at or by calling (585) 423-9700.