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Maira Caleffi, MD PhD

Chief of Breast Cancer Care at the Hospital Moinhos de Vento in Brazil and President at FEMAMA

Dr. Maira Caleffi, Chief of Breast Cancer Care at the Hospital Moinhos de Vento and President of breast cancer policy foundation FEMAMA.

Dr. Caleffi is a dedicated breast surgeon and an academic with over 30 years of experience in the area of breast care. She is currently conducting research on breast health care for underserved women in developing countries. She coordinates a two-year surgical oncology residency program for medical doctors to specialize in breast issues.

In 1993, she started a non-profit organization Instituto da Mama do Rio Grande do Sul (IMAMA) together with a group of health professionals and patients. IMAMA focuses on education, physical and emotional rehabilitation and social mobilization towards early breast cancer diagnosis. In July 2006, she founded Federação Brasileira de Instituições Filantrópicas de Apoio à Saúde da Mama (Brazilian Federation of Philanthropic Institutions for the Breast Health Support, or FEMAMA), a non-profit organization aimed at assembling a network of groups and institutions focused on breast health. FEMAMA’s mission is to influence the formulation of national public health policies in order to ensure universality, integrality, and equity in breast health care. She served as a Board member of the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC) from 2012 to 2018, Chair of the Executive Committee of the City Cancer Challenge Porto Alegre Brazil.

After graduating with degrees in pharmacy and medicine, Dr. Caleffi completed her residency in gynecology and obstetrics in 1983. Afterwards, she specialized in breast care at the Imperial Cancer Research, Guy’s Hospital of London. At the University of London, she earned her PhD in cancer biochemistry. She then undertook postdoctoral studies in molecular biology in the field of genetics and breast cancer at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.