Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau and Longboard Invitational Announce Dr. David Easter to Receive the 2009 Rell Sunn ‘Queen of Makaha’ Award
Brilliant Doctor Brings the ‘Aloha Spirit’ into a Patient-Centered Approach to Surgical Medicine and Training
“This perpetual trophy is awarded each year to the person or persons who best embody the true ‘aloha spirit’ and display the qualities shared by Rell Sunn and the Luau & Longboard Invitational – the battle against cancer, combined with unselfishness, compassion and a dedication to helping others,” said
Dr. Easter has a passion for his patients and a passion for his work. Even though he’s already involved in multiple groups that influence patient care, he still finds the time to lead medical students and surgical residents through the multifaceted world of surgery. As director of the General Surgery Residency Program, Dr. Easter is the mentor-in-chief of a new generation of surgeons. With him in that role, there is great hope for new surgeons who are not only possessed of the latest technical skills in the field but also carry warmth and sensitivity to the feelings of patient and their families. In addition, Dr. Easter influences the world of doctor-patient communication through various studies that seek to determine the best ways for patients to disclose their fears about surgeries, treatments and life in general.
“I want my patients to know they are not alone. As a part of their medical team I am here to help them fight their battle, and I care about each and every one of them. My patients are far more to me than another surgery on my schedule,” said Dr. Easter. “As a regular attendee of the Luau & Longboard Invitational, I am thrilled and deeply honored to be selected for this year’s Rell Sunn Award. I will display this award proudly because I believe that a surgeon’s humanity can be just as important as one’s skills with a scalpel.”
Dr. Easter was the first recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Clinical Care award at UCSD and has prepared the UCSD Cancer Center to truly treat the whole patient from head-to-toe, inside-and-out. He has formed and trained specialized clinical teams to care for patients who have particular types of cancer and continues to focus on the safety and well-being of all patients.
“Dr. Easter has the ability to form profound relationships with his patients and the bonds that are formed run deep,” said
About the Rell Sunn Award
The award, established in 1998, is named after Rell Kapolioka’ehukai Sunn, a legendary Hawai’ian surfer and goodwill ambassador known as the “Queen of Makaha.” She passed away on
About the Luau & Longboard Invitational
The 16th Annual Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational will take place
About the Moores UCSD Cancer Center
The Moores UCSD Cancer Center was founded in 1979. The Center is one of just 41 in
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