S. Eva Singletary

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Sonja Eva Singletary (December 23, 1952 – July 29, 2015) was an American surgeon who specialized in the care of breast cancer. She was a faculty member at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a past president of the Society of Surgical Oncology.


Born near Florence, South Carolina, Singletary grew up on a farm and later attended Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina. She trained in general surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine.[1] After completing a fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, she stayed there as a faculty member, later serving as chief of the melanoma surgery and breast surgery sections. In 1992, the President's Cancer Panel appointed her to a special committee that examined the state of breast cancer treatment and research.[2] Singletary created patient education materials, including the DVD Moving Beyond Breast Cancer.[3]

For more than ten years, Singletary was the editor-in-chief of Breast Diseases: A Yearbook Quarterly.[1] She was a section editor of the Annals of Surgical Oncology.[2] In 1996, she was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame.[4] In 2002, Singletary received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Medical University of South Carolina.[5] She was the 2004–05 president of the Society of Surgical Oncology.[6] She died in Houston in 2015.[2]


  1. ^ a b "In Memoriam: S. Eva Singletary, MD". Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly. 26 (4): 278. 2015. doi:10.1016/j.breastdis.2015.12.001. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "ASCO Remembers Breast Surgeon Sonja Eva Singletary, MD". ASCO Connection. August 5, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  3. ^ Guernsey, Diane (September 19, 2008). "Advancing the cure". Forbes. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Texas Women's Hall of Fame: Sonja Eva Singletary". www.twu.edu.
  5. ^ "Previous medicine awards". Medical University of South Carolina. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "Past Presidents". www.surgonc.org. Society of Surgical Oncology. Retrieved January 3, 2017.