Memorial Cancer Institute's Medical Director Honored with American Lung Association Distinguished Physician Award

Today, the American Lung Association in South Florida announced that Brian Hunis, MD, from Memorial Cancer Institute will be honored as the LUNG FORCE Distinguished Physician Award recipient at the Sunset Soiree on June 4.

“The challenges that we have faced over the past year have truly underscored the critical importance of our healthcare workers and our lung health. Dr. Brian Hunis has been on the font lines treating people with lung cancer during a respiratory pandemic, where he provided hope, support and outstanding patient care,” said Lori Adelson, event Co-Chair and owner of HRLaw Pro. “While the world continues to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel that this year’s Distinguished Physician Award takes on new meaning and are honored to recognize Dr. Hunis.”

Dr. Hunis is the leader of the Memorial Cancer Institute at Memorial Healthcare System and a medical oncologist/hematologist. He specializes in treating patients with thoracic, head and neck malignancies. He became interested in oncology at an early age. His father is an oncologist, and he saw firsthand the impact his father had on his patients’ lives and the unique relationships that he shared with them. Dr. Hunis knew that he wanted to follow in his footsteps and considers it a privilege to be able to help people through a very difficult time in their lives.

“At Memorial, we have the best of both worlds: the high-tech equipment and resources along with talented, compassionate professionals needed to provide excellent care. Patients are our first priority, and we are passionate about helping them feel their best,” he said.

In addition to patient care, Dr. Hunis is also involved in clinical research and serves as principle investigator for trials focusing on lung, head and neck cancers. While he loves many aspects of his job, the ultimate reward is seeing his patients making memories.

“When I receive a text from a patient with a picture of them at a wedding, a vacation or sometimes even a brewery – that more than anything inspires me to push forward in our fight against cancer,” said Dr. Hunis.

Each year, the Lung Association in South Florida awards a local physician during their LUNG FORCE Sunset Soiree event with the Distinguished Physician Award for their contributions to outstanding and meaningful patient care.

The Sunset Soiree is the premier luxury lifestyle event of the season designed to raise awareness, education, and critical funding to end lung cancer. The event will take place on June 4 at 7 p.m. as a dynamic virtual experience. This year’s event is sponsored by Memorial Cancer Institute and presented by the Erwin and Barbara Mautner Charitable Foundation. For tickets or more information about the event, visit

For more information, contact:

Jill Dale
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