Dr. Gayle Sulik MA, PhD is a medical sociologist affiliated with the University at Albany (SUNY). Her ground-breaking analysis of the culture and cult of breast cancer, richly described in her book Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health, has stirred a grass roots feminist reawakening. Sulik’s book is an essential read that provides a thorough grounding for thinking through the complexities of a pink ribbon system gone awry. Joining the ranks of feminist provocateurs, she shows how the pink ribbon is itself wrapped in a system that uses advocacy, culture, mass media, and the medical industry for its own purposes, to create a festive culture of consumption that wrests in profitable complacency.
Gayle Sulik developed the Pink Ribbon Blues blog engaging more than 550 thousand readers. Her essays have been published by CNN, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Oxford University Press, Ms Magazine, Girl w/ Pen, Kevin MD, and other outlets. Regularly interviewed in a variety of media from Reuters and USA Today to Marie Claire and The New York Times Magazine, Dr. Sulik has also been a guest on Al Jazeera’s The Stream, America’s Radio News Network, NPR, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, “The Dr. Laura Berman Show” on Oprah Radio, Reach MD, “The Stupid Cancer Show“ and others.
Gayle Sulik founded the Breast Cancer Consortium in 2012 — an international partnership committed to energizing the scientific and public discourse about breast cancer and promoting collaborative initiatives. She received the prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities research fellowship in 2008, was named as one of the top ten online influencers in the field of breast cancer from ShareCare in 2012, and is winner of the 2013 Sociologists for Women in Society Distinguished Feminist Lecturer award.
One of the most sought-after experts in breast cancer and women’s health, Gayle Sulik has much to offer in showing others not only how to do the kind of important research she has done, but how to reach beyond the ivory tower to share it with those who will benefit most.
Gayle Sulik MA, PhD is a medical sociologist affiliated with the University at Albany (SUNY) and founder of the Breast Cancer Consortium. Her research focuses on medical consumerism, technology, survivorship, policy, and the culture and industry of breast cancer. She is author of Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women's Health (Oxford, 2011) and articles on health and medicine.