2020 - Dr. Sarah KAWAGUCHI ’05
Dr. Sarah Kawaguchi, a palliative care doctor at the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital, is recognized for her important work in providing relief from symptoms and stresses of terminally ill patients.
Sarah was one of the doctors who cared for Ashley MIKLAS ’14, who was diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare cancer of the soft tissues. It was only two days before Ashley died when two of her closest friends, Rachel SHERMAN ’14 and Taylor SKURKA ’14, realized they had a special common tie with Sarah — they were all BSS Old Girls. Sarah was nominated by Ashley’s mother Holly Miklas, Ashley’s extended family, and Estelle PHILLIPS ’14, Serena GOLDRING ’14 and Carly VALENTINE ’14. Ashley’s family and friends were inspired to nominate Sarah because she is compassionate, kind and inclusive — just like Ashley.
The palliative care doctor has an extremely challenging role that takes incredible strength and commitment. Sarah navigates this role with grace, kindness, patience and exceptional clinical precision.