Ernie Bodai, M.D. was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1951. He and his family lived in a bomb shelter for nearly a year, before they managed to escape during the Hungarian Revolution in 1957. Following immigration to the United States, Dr. Bodai received his B.A and M.S. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his M.D. degree from the University of California, Davis in 1977, where he currently serves as Clinical Professor of Surgery. Dr. Bodai served as Chief of Surgery, Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento for 15 years and today directs the Breast Health Center at the Kaiser Permanente Sacramento, which has been recognized, nationally as a “Center of Excellence”. He has authored over 250 medical articles and has published 5 books, 4 of which focus on cancer. He holds a number of medical device patents, is a member of numerous prestigious surgical societies and is the recipient of many national awards. He serves as a board member or medical director of several companies including Sontek Medical, B&B Medical, Liv International, and Nutracea, an international leader in the development of neutriceuticals.
After treating thousands of patients with breast cancer he became frustrated at the pace of funding for research. In a remarkable one-man lobbying effort he was able to convince Congress and the U.S. Postal Service to issue the Breast Cancer Research Stamp – the first ever stamp in U.S. history that sells at more than face value with the surplus amount donated directly to breast cancer research. Over 950 million stamps have been sold raising over $80 million for crucial research.
He is currently introducing the first ever “global stamp” raising awareness and funding to conquer the disease worldwide. To date twelve countries have begun work on this important project. Together we will find a cure in the near future – that is his hope.
Dr. Ernie Bodai tells his life story
Dr. Ernia Bodai was a keynote speaker at the UCD Pre-Health Student Alliance during their 11tth Annual conference.
Center For Total Health Podcast by Kaiser Permanente
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to introduce you to Ernie Bodai, MD. Dr. Bodai directs the Breast Health Center at Kaiser Permanente Sacramento, and is also an author and holds a number of medical device patents. But the reason we’re sharing this conversation with you today is that he’s also the man behind the well-known Breast Cancer Research Stamp – the very first stamp in history to sell at more than face value, with the extra amount going directly toward breast cancer research.
The Center for Total Health blog sat down recently with Ernie to talk about his efforts to increase breast cancer awareness – his work so far and what he hopes to see happen with it in the future.