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MOBILE, Ala. -- Dr. Weisi Yan, director of the CyberKnife Program at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, has been named to the Mobile Bay Class of 40 Under 40 for 2017. Yan, an M.D. Ph.D. and assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Clinical Oncology, joined MCI in July 2016.
Yan is among five employees at the University of South Alabama to make the 2017 class. The listing of Mobile’s promising young leaders under the age of 40 is released annually by Mobile Bay magazine.
“This year’s young leaders have professional savvy, big hearts and lots to say,” the magazine said in announcing the class. “Our future’s looking bright.”
Yan earned his medical degree from China Medical University in Shen Yang and doctorate in pharmacology from Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He also has a passion for music, having performed with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and integrated music into his practice at MCI.
He shared this thought with Mobile Bay about how music helps people fighting illness: “Music is a powerful tool for healing through the mind. Music therapy is noninvasive and free of side effects, so it is integrated into standard care in major cancer hospitals to help relieve physical and psychological pain. If we can heal the body and mind at the same time, we can help patients fight cancer better or at least make the fight more enjoyable.”
Other USA leaders in the 2017 class included:
Natalie Fox, DNP, PNP-BC, director of ambulatory services for USA Health.
Jeremy Fletcher, DPT, OCS, CSCS, doctor of physical therapy and assistant professor at USA, major in the U.S. Army.
Chip Hartin, M.D., chief of pediatric surgery at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, associate professor of pediatrics and surgery at USA.
Melva Jones, CMP, director of university special events at USA.
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