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Domestic Volunteerism Spotlight: Scott Leckman

Dr. Leckman with the staff of the Health Access Project of Salt Lake City.

Operation Giving Back is highlighting domestic volunteerism stories. Check back monthly for new stories on this important topic. In our first story, Scott Leckman, MD, FACS, shares a story on how domestic volunteerism helped a patient of his.

In late 2011, F.A., a 33-year-old Hispanic woman was fearful something was terribly wrong when she developed bloody nipple discharge. Lacking any health insurance, she waited for six months. She was initially seen at Planned Parenthood. She did not qualify for Medicaid or any other public programs. Fortunately, as her income was less than 150% of the Federal Poverty Level, she was accepted by the Health Access Project (HAP) in Salt Lake County, UT.

The HAP is a program created in 2001 with a mission to improve access to coordinated, comprehensive health care for low-income uninsured individuals. Currently, more than 600 physicians and all nine area hospitals are providing free care to qualified individuals, which, since 2002, totals more than $22 million in donated health care.

She was then seen by general surgeon Scott Leckman, MD, FACS, who helped initiate HAP. A mammogram showed a dilated duct with an associated mass. She underwent a lumpectomy. Pathology showed a 2 mm invasive ductal carcinoma with DCIS at the margin. A re-excision and sentinel lymph node biopsy showed clear margins and node-negative disease.

She had adjuvant radiation therapy followed by tamoxifen. Four years later, she is disease free.

About Dr. Leckman

Scott Leckman, MD, FACS, is a general surgeon in Salt Lake City, UT. He helped establish the Health Access Project (HAP) in 2001 and was awarded the ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism Domestic Award in 2014 for his efforts to provide free health care to low-income, uninsured residents of Salt Lake County. Learn more about Dr. Leckman's commendable volunteer experience.