“Knowledge is the best tool for prevention” – Dr. Lisa Flowers
This quote became the central core of why I started the Spirit Foundation. As a clinician in Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University I was disheartened by the lack of knowledge regarding HPV and cervical cancer in women and their partners—thus the Spirit Foundation was created.
I, along with the Board of Directors are dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity and mortality of cervical cancer and other HPV related diseases. The Spirit Foundation is taking many strides to prevent this already preventable disease. The stories of the survivors who have participated in our walks and programs have compelled us to pursue the quest and fight against cervical cancer. Through your support we will continue to grow to expand our outreach and services to women and men. Our expansion is not limited to the United States alone; we have programs transpiring in Latin America. With our growing audience, knowledge remains the forefront of our efforts to promote awareness and prevention.
Dr. Lisa Flowers, MD
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Director of Colposcopy Services, Emory University at Grady Healthcare
Director of Anoscopy, Infectious Disease Clinic at the International Medical Clinic Gynecology Services
CEO and Founder
The Spirit Foundation
Biography for Dr. Flowers
Dr. Lisa Flowers joined the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics in 1999. Dr. Flowers is a professor and established clinical researcher in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory and the director of Colposcopy at Grady Memorial Hospital Cancer Center of Excellence. Dr. Flowers is a graduate of Oberlin College and received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Magee-Women’s Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Flowers is the medical director and founder of the Spirit Foundation, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization in Atlanta, GA. The mission of the Spirit Foundation is to increase awareness of human papillomavirus infection and provide clinical services for the detections and prevention of cervical cancer in the US and around the world. Under the leadership of Dr. Flowers, in 2009 the Spirit Foundation conducted the first annual cervical cancer “Walk for Hope” drawing over 300 community members. The walk has grown to a 5K “Run and Walk for Hope” supported by well-known Atlanta community leaders and an array of organizations including the America Cancer Society, CDC, CancerQuest and Emory University. Dr. Flowers has received several local and national awards including the Women In Government’s Presidential Leadership Award for Medicine, the Center for Black Women’s Wellness Health Trailblazer Award, Unsung Heroine Award from the Center for Women at Emory University, the Latino Health Excellence Award from the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia and recently the Woman in Healthcare Leadership Award from the Atlanta Businesswomen’s Association.
She is active on many national and state committees aimed at improving the quality and delivery of health care services to patients with cervical and breast disease including: the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, the American Cancer Society, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s National Hispanic/Latina Advisory Council. Dr. Flowers is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Medical Association, and the National Hispanic Medical Association. She is also the medical director for Dia de la Mujer Latina, a national organization focused on improving the health care of Latinas.