- Founded the Breast Cancer Prevention Center and the Breast Cancer Survivorship Center at KU Medical Center
- Developed the Random Periareolar Fine Needle Aspiration (RPFNA) technique for sampling breast tissue, allowing for less discomfort for patients and enabling greater research developments in the field of breast cancer research
- 2012 Distinguished Medical Alumni Award from the University of Kansas Medical Center
Dr. Fabian is living proof that KU physicians and scientists are among the best in the nation. She first became a Jayhawk over fifty years ago, attending KU for her undergraduate degree then graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1972. After her post-graduate work, she returned to KU as an assistant professor of internal medicine in 1977. She has been with the KU School of Medicine ever since. But Dr. Fabian's Jayhawk ties are only a small part of why she is being recognized this evening. Her work while at KU is what is truly astounding.
Dr. Fabian saves lives. In fact, many of you here this evening probably know someone who she has helped fight breast cancer. Dr. Fabian specializes in oncology, and early on in her career she found that the old saying is true, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure—especially when it comes to fighting breast cancer. But early breast-cancer prevention and screening methods carried a high risk of negative side effects. Instead of admitting defeat, Dr. Fabian simply developed a new way to screen for breast cancer: Random Periareolar Fine Needle Aspiration, or RPFNA. This method allows for repeated, minimally invasive sampling of breast tissue, which enables doctors to better assess a woman's risk for breast cancer and to develop new methods or treating it.
But she is no one hit wonder, Dr. Fabian has also developed breast-cancer treatments that do not induce menopausal symptoms—greatly improving the lives of those fighting breast cancer. This also garnered KU much sought-after external funding. Dr. Fabian was also instrumental in bringing the Multi-Disciplinary Outpatient Cancer Treatment Center to KU as well as creating the Breast Cancer Prevention Center and the Breast Cancer Survivorship Center. As one of her nominators put it, "Carol Fabian is a truly unique individual and extraordinary physician, she has literally put Kansas on the map."