Associate Director for Community Outreach Georgia Robins Sadler
Georgia Robins Sadler, BSN, MBA, PhD
Clinical Professor of Surgery
Dr. Sadler is responsible for leading the research and service activities of the UCSD Cancer Center’s Community Outreach Program. The Community Outreach Program interfaces with every aspect of the Cancer Center’s operation, and it is important that its leader is conversant in the Cancer Center’s clinical mission, with a working knowledge of cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and clinical trials. Dr. Sadler has a sufficient background in the basic sciences to help strategize on basic science research programs that interface with the lay and professional communities for the collection of human specimens and tissue samples. Equally important, she has frequent contact with other clinical institutions throughout the region to help facilitate inter-institutional collaborations. Finally, since greater representation of gender and minorities in clinical research is of critical importance,Dr. Sadler possesses a broad understanding of these cohorts and a demonstrated track record of working effectively with them and the other community organizations that serve them.
Georgia Sadler, BSN, MBA, PhD assumed this senior leadership role in 1994 after serving as the Associate Director for Administration since 1981. She is a health advisor to several of the region’s politicians on clinical trials, cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment issues, and can provide the Center Director with an insider’s view of many bills pending legislative action. She created a program focused on promoting community awareness of cancer prevention and early detection, clinical trials accrual, and palliation.
Sadler holds, or has held, many key voluntary leadership positions which enrich the Center’s relationships regionally, as well as statewide. These current and recent past board memberships include: the San Diego and Imperial Counties Breast Cancer Early Detection Partnership (and past chairperson); the San Diego Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; American Melanoma Foundation; WellStart International Board; the California Institute for Health Systems Performance; the ACS’s Statewide Prostate Cancer Initiative; and the HomeCare Board of Advisors.
She is also a member of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s Clinical Trials Initiative Advisory Group on increasing minority accrual to clinical trials, the local ACS Prostate Cancer Awareness Chairperson, the Thriver’s Network Advisory Board, the Southwest Regional Community Advisory Board, and the San Diego ACS Furthering Volunteer Leadership Team. In 1998 she was named a “Woman of Achievement,” and a “Women Together” recipient. In 1999 she was named a “Biotech Superstar” and a Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation “Local Hero” and received the “Balance Award” by the Women Who Mean Business. In 2000 she was named a “Woman of Dedication,” in recognition of her extraordinary commitment to the community and her accomplishments in improving its well being. The Community Outreach Program she leads received UCSD 1999 Diversity Award for helping the institution to achieve diversity both inside and outside of the University. In 1999, Sadler was named “Woman of the Year” for the 78th District by the California Legislative Woman’s Caucus and has been frequently called upon to testify before the State legislature on bills related to clinical trials access and breast cancer early detection and treatment.
Dr. Sadler’s experiences gained as a bedside nurse, combined with her MBA in Health Care Administration from Wharton Graduate School, gives her valuable insights into the Cancer Center’s operation. Her experiences and expertise range from physician education and quality assurance programs to public health education programs. As an indication of her nationally recognized expertise, Sadler is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Cancer Education and a reviewer for other journals.