American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Conference Speakers

Mahul B. Amin, MD, FCAP
Professor and Chairman, UTHSC Gerwin Chair for Cancer Research, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN
Read bio... Dr. Amin is a national and international consultant in tumors of the genitourinary tract, including prostate, urinary bladder, kidney, and testis. He is a world-renowned expert and educator in genitourinary pathology having co-authored the current WHO classification systems for urothelial tumors and renal neoplasms. Dr. Amin was the Editor-in-Chief of the Eighth Edition of the AJCC staging manual. He has served as the Chair of the Cancer Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for almost a decade, leading efforts to standardize cancer surgical pathology reporting throughout the United States and Canada. He was the recipient of highly prestigious awards through CAP including the 2010 CAP Foundation Lansky Award and the 2010 CAP Distinguished Service Award. Hide bio

Lisa Bailey, MD, FACS
Principal Investigator, NCI NCORP, Bay Area Tumor Institute
Emeryville, CA
Read bio... Dr. Bailey specializes in the care of patients with breast cancer and other breast health issues. She is past president and member of the Board of Directors of the California Division of the American Cancer Society, and currently chairs their Cancer and the Environment Team. Dr. Bailey has been a member of the Commission of Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) where she was the Vice-Chair of the Education Committee. She has been a Governor of the ACS, and is Past President of the Northern California Chapter of the ACS. Dr. Bailey is a Co-Founder and past Medical Director of the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center, and Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Program at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. She is a Fellow in the ACS, and serves on the Patient Safety and Quality Committee of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Hide bio

James Brierley, MB, FRCR, FRCPC
Professor, Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Toronto, ON, Canada
Read bio... Dr. Brierley obtained his medical degree from Westminster Medical School, University of London. He initially did postgraduate training in internal medicine, including endocrinology before transferring to clinical oncology. After obtaining his FRCR in the UK, he went to Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto for a year fellowship and stayed. Dr. Brierley is interested in defining the role of radiation in the management of thyroid and gastrointestinal malignancy. He is greatly involved in cancer staging and cancer surveillance. Dr. Brierley is the Stage Lead for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Co-Chair of the UICC TNM Prognostic Factors Core Group and Co-Editor of the UICC 8th edition TNM Classification of Malignant Tumours and Chair of the AJCC Education and Promotions Committee and a member of the AJCC Executive Committee. Hide bio

David R. Byrd, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery, Section Chief of Surgical Oncology, University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Read bio... Dr. Byrd is currently serving as the Chair of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) since 2013. He is an editor of the 8th Edition AJCC Cancer Staging Manual and a past member of the editorial board for the 7th Edition AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. In addition to his roles at the University of Washington, Dr. Byrd is also the Director of Surgical Oncology for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. His clinical interests are surgical oncology, melanoma, endocrine neoplasms (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal), and breast cancer. His research interests include clinical trials in melanoma, breast cancer, and tumor paint to assess surgical resection margins in cancer surgery. Hide bio

Stephanie Cohen, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor, St. Vincent Health
Indianapolis, IN
Read bio... Ms. Cohen has been active in several groups within the National Society of Genetic Counselors regarding access and service delivery, and has been working to improve access to cancer genetic services by implementing a collaborative process with Genetic Counselor Extenders throughout the St. Vincent Health network across the state of Indiana. She serves on the Indiana Genetics Advisory Committee (IGAC) and is active in training genetic counseling students as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Indiana University as a clinical supervisor and co-instructor for a cancer genetics course. Hide bio

Carolyn Compton, MD, FACS
Professor, Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Scottsdale, AZ
Read bio... Dr. Compton is an academic pathologist who received her MD, PhD from Harvard Medical School and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is a Professor of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, the Chief Medical Officer of the National Biomarkers Development Alliance, Chief Medical Officer of the of the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic, and Adjunct Professor of Pathology at Johns Hopkins. From 2000-2005, she was the Strathcona Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at McGill Medical School and the Pathologist-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre. From 2005-2012, she served as the Director of the Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research at the NCI. She heads the Precision Medicine Core of the AJCC and Pre-analytics for Precision Medicine Project Team at the College of American Pathologists. Hide bio

Tamara Day, RN, MSN
Performance Improvement Professional, Supportive and Palliative Care, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center
Columbia, MO
Read bio... Ms. Day oversees quality, patient safety, and infection control for specific areas throughout the system. Additionally, she has experience in palliative care and hospice research. Hide bio

Stephen B. Edge, MD, FACS
Vice-President, Healthcare Outcomes and Policy and Professor, Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY
Read bio... Dr. Edge attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University and trained at the CWRU Integrated Surgery Program and at the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Edge’s clinical focus is in breast cancer and his research agenda is community-wide evaluation and improvement in the quality of cancer care. He is the past Chair of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, and serves on the Boards of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. He also the past Chair of the AJCC and the Editor-in-Chief of the 7th Edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. Hide bio

F. Jeannine Everhart, PhD, MPH, MBA, MS
Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Roanoke, VA
Read bio... Dr. Everhart has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of health sciences research and teaching, business administration, and data analysis. She holds a PhD in Health Education and a Masters of Public Health (MPH), as well as an MBA in finance and an MS in systems engineering. Since 2013, Dr. Everhart has focused on research and grant-funded activities focusing on cancer prevention and improving cancer survivors’ quality of life. Her research interests include cancer survivorship, health administration, and rural health. Dr. Everhart is also active in the local community, working with cancer survivors, and underserved populations at risk of developing cancer and other health issues. She is currently a Certified Health Education Specialist and an Assistant Professor at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA. Hide bio

Matthew Facktor, MD, FACS
Director of Thoracic Surgery and the Lung Cancer Clinic, Geisinger Health System
Danville, PA
Read bio... Dr. Facktor has been a member of the CoC since 2011 and is currently the Chair of the Quality Integration Committee. Additionally, he directs the CoC’s Multi-Disciplinary Lung Cancer Collaborative with ProvenCare®. Dr. Facktor is also a member of the National Quality Forum’s Cancer Standing Committee. He has interests in thoracic oncology, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, robotic surgery, and the reliable delivery of evidence-based health care. Dr. Facktor studied percussion performance at The University of Michigan and medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit. He completed general surgery residency at Rush University and Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and thoracic surgery residency at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Hide bio

Jeffrey E. Gershenwald, MD, FACS
Professor, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Read bio... Dr. Gershenwald serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), Chair of the AJCC Informatics Committee and Chair of its Melanoma Expert Panel. He also serves on the AJCC 8th Edition Editorial Board and Chairs its Content Harmonization Core. Dr. Gershenwald’s research focuses on clinicopathological and molecular-based staging and prognostic assessment in melanoma and molecular mechanisms of melanoma progression.

Dr. Gershenwald has been a founding member and Co-Chair of both the Melanoma Disease Working Group and Melanoma Analysis Working Group of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project, and recently published the most comprehensive multi-platform analysis of cutaneous to date. He has received a Physician-Scientist Program Award and the 2016 Faculty Achievement Award in Cancer Prevention, both from MD Anderson, and was an American Cancer Society Research Scholar. For the past 13 years, Dr. Gershenwald has been listed in America’s Best Doctors.
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Melanie Goldfarb, MD, MSc, FACS, FACE
Director, Endocrine Tumor Program, John Wayne Cancer Institute a tPSJHC
Santa Monica, CA
Read bio... Dr. Goldfarb is a fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon with a master’s in cancer epidemiology. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, medical degree from UIC, surgical residency at Beth Israel Deaconess / Harvard Medical School, and fellowship training at University of Miami. She is a core faculty member of the John Wayne Cancer Institute surgical oncology program with her research focusing on Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) cancer, disparities, and cancer survivorship. She is the founding director of new cancer survivorship and AYA programs in her hospital and co-leads cancer survivorship for the Providence system. Hide bio

Michelle Guibault, BSN, RN
Oncology Nurse Navigator, WellStar
Marietta, GA
Read bio... Ms. Guibault has been an Oncology Nurse Navigator since July 2015, specializing in GU cancer and works predominantly with prostate cancer patients. Previous experience has been in inpatient and outpatient surgery with general surgery patients. Five and a half years were spent working directly with acute care general surgeons as a rounding nurse in the hospital and clinic. This included rounding daily on patients in the hospital and preparing patients for discharge by teaching patients about the expectations that go along with discharge. Hide bio

Hisakazu Hoshi, MD, FACS
Clinical Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, IA
Read bio... Dr. Hoshi is the current Chair of the Education Committee for the Commission on Cancer (CoC). His main focus of diseases are melanoma, retroperitoneal sarcoma and upper GI malignancy (stomach, liver, pancreas and biliary tree). He was fully trained in Japan and the United States in surgical oncology with graduate surgical oncology fellowship at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Hide bio

Ted James, MD, MHCM, FACS
Medical Director, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Read bio... Dr. James is Chief of Breast Surgical Oncology and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. Dr. James has held a variety of leadership roles in quality improvement, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Quality Integration Committee for the Commission no Cancer. He is a member of the AAMC Teaching for Quality faculty and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Medical Quality. Dr. James obtained a Master of Science degree in Health Care Management from Harvard University, with a focus on quality improvement in health care systems. Hide bio

Elizabeth Jernigan, RN, MSN, OCN, CTR
Cancer Program Director, Central Florida Health
The Villages, FL
Read bio... Ms. Jernigan has been a nurse for over 35 years, specializing in administration, education, oncology and navigation, working in both the university and community setting in a variety of roles. She obtained her Masters of Science at University of Maryland. Ms. Jernigan is certified by the Oncology Nursing Society and Cancer Registrar’s Association, and has demonstrated a commitment to oncology education through numerous lectures and publications, including presentations at the national, state and local level.

Ms. Jernigan is a strong patient advocate and believes patients must be empowered through education and support to successfully move through the cancer care continuum, diagnosis through survivorship. She is strongly supportive of efforts to educate the community regarding cancer prevention and screening. She is also a Voluntary Board Member of the American Cancer Society regional chapter.
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Denise Johnson Miller, MD
Director, Breast Surgery, Hackensack Meridian Health System
Neptune, NJ
Read bio... Dr. Johnson Miller received her general and surgical oncologist fellowship training at City of Hope National Medical Center and was an Associate Professor of Surgery at Stanford Medical Center until 2009. She was recruited to Meridian to develop quality metrics and was successful in obtaining full commendation accreditation at Riverview and Jersey Shore University medical center. Dr. Johnson Miller has been recognized as Top Doctor for breast surgery national and regionally via Castle Connelly. Hide bio

Steven Jubilirer, MD
Clinician, Senior Research Scientist, Clinical Professor of Medicine at West Virginia University Charleston Division, David Lee Cancer Center, CAMC
Charleston, WV
Read bio... Through Dr. Jubelirer’s 35 year tenure, he has amassed an impressive background in cancer research. To his credit are several books, book chapters, more than 40 abstracts and 80 journal articles including attitudes, prevention, management, treatment, education, and the epidemiologic aspects of cancer. Dr. Jubelirer is presently the PI for all of the NCI-sponsored cooperative group (ECOG; NSABP) clinical trials at Charleston Area Medical Center. He has been a co-investigator in several studies in collaboration with the West Virginia State Cancer Registry and in studies with investigators at West Virginia University (WVU)—Morgantown. Hide bio

Judy Kneece, RN, OCN
President, EduCare, Inc.
North Charleston, SC
Read bio... Ms. Kneece designed and implemented the first comprehensive nurse-led Breast Health Navigation program located in a hospital in 1991. In 1994, she opened EduCare to train other nurses and has trained over 2,300 nurse navigators in a 40-hour training.  In 1997, Ms. Kneece began conducting Strategic Planning Workshops for breast centers. She has authored over 40 national journal articles and served as a contributing editor to Redbook, Marie Claire, Self, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Day and others. The National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) recognized and presented their Inspiration Award to Ms. Kneece in 2014 for her development of breast health navigation and professional health care education. She has served as a member of the NAPBC Education Committee since 2009. Hide bio

Edward Kruse, DO, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery, Augusta University
Augusta, GA
Read bio... Dr. Edward (Jim) Kruse attended medical school at Des Moines University. He completed a year of surgery residency at the VA Medical Center in Des Moines before deploying with the US Army. After discharge, his surgical residency was at the Marshfield Clinic followed by a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia. He is currently associate professor at the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University. He has been the on the cancer committee for 11 years, Cancer Liaison Physician since 2007 and Cancer Committee Chair since 2009. Hide bio

Scott Kurtzman, MD, FACS
Chairman of Surgery, Waterbury Hospital
Waterbury, CT
Read bio... Dr. Kurtzman, a surgical oncologist, received his medical degree from the Albany Medical College of Union University in Albany, NY, and went on to complete a general surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark. He completed surgical oncology fellowships at The National Cancer Institute, NIH Surgery Branch and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Kurtzman is a professor of surgery in the department of surgery at the University of Connecticut and at Quinnipiac University. He is also the chairman of surgery and the program director for the surgical residency program at the Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, CT. In addition to being Vice-Chair of the NAPBC, he has also served as the Chair of the NAPBC Standards and Accreditation Committee. Hide bio

William Laffey, MBA
President, The Laffey Partnership, LLC
New Berlin, WI
Read bio... Mr. Laffey recently retired as System Vice President of Oncology at a 12-hospital Illinois health system. He is currently President of The Laffey Partnership, an oncology management and accreditation consulting firm. Mr. Laffey’s previous positions include system director of oncology at a 15-hospital system in Wisconsin, where he established a nationally-recognized genomic medicine program, which now includes 11 genetic counselors in various clinical disciplines. He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago, and has authored oncology-related articles and spoken at numerous conferences, both nationally and internationally. Mr. Laffey is Past President of the Association of Cancer Executives and has been a CoC Network Surveyor since 2012. He is especially proud of his military service, where the Army trusted him with nuclear weapons and the fact that he has pitched in Fenway Park and sung at Carnegie Hall. Hide bio

Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN
Professor, School of Nursing
Director, Cancer Survivorship
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Read bio... Dr. Mayer is a member of the Adult and Geriatric Health Division in the School of Nursing and the UNC Lineberger Director of Cancer Survivorship. Her research program focuses on issues facing cancer survivors and improving cancer care. She has a clinical practice working with breast cancer survivors. Dr. Mayer is active in the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and is the Chair of the ASCO Survivorship Committee. She served as the Editor for the ONS’ Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) from 2007-2015 and has published over 150 articles, book chapters and editorials on cancer related issues. Dr. Mayer was awarded the ONS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and, in 2016, was appointed as the only nurse to Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel.

She earned a PhD from the University of Utah, her MSN from Yale University, her BSN from Excelsior College, her Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Maryland, and her diploma from Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing.
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Nina Miller, MSSW
Manager, Cancer Liaison Initiatives, Cancer Programs, American College of Surgeons
Chicago, IL
Read bio... Ms. Miller is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Social Work. Her clinical practice as an oncology social worker spanned over 15 years in the acute and outpatient settings. She completed a fellowship in the Office of Cancer Communications at the National Cancer Institute and managed NCI’s Cancer Information Service in their regional field office at the University of Wisconsin’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. During her years at the American Cancer Society, Ms. Miller was Director of Patient Services for the Midwest Division and served on several national work groups. Hide bio

Timothy Mullett, MD, FACS
Thoracic Surgeon/Cancer Committee Chair/State Chair, University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Read bio... Dr. Mullett is a practicing thoracic surgeon with 20 years of clinical experience. In his cancer center, they have a patient population that is diverse and challenging to discern barriers to care and many preconceived perceptions of these barriers. The cancer committee has been working to get more patient input and deliver more consistent and timely information to develop the cancer specific CNA. Hide bio

Brittany Murphy, MD
Resident Physician, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
Read bio... As a general surgical resident at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Murphy has a great interest in learning from and contributing to the scientific community. Her interests include all of general surgery and oncology, but most specifically breast oncologic surgery. Dr. Murphy plans on pursuing a fellowship in oncologic breast surgery following completion of her general surgery training. Currently, she is the Surgical Outcomes Research Fellow at Mayo Clinic. This position has allowed Dr. Murphy to gain research experience and expand upon her major in mathematics with learning various statistical techniques. Hide bio

Katherine Myers, BSN, RN, OCN
Supportive Care RN Clinical Coordinator, Froedtert Hospital
Milwaukee, WI
Read bio... Ms. Myers provides coordination in the areas of supportive services and survivorship. She was part of a team that earned the Quality Improvement Award, Quality Improvement Project- Survivorship Care Plan for Breast Cancer Patients in May 2016. Ms. Myers began working on survivorship issues when working in the MCW Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Cancer (HNC) Program. She assisted in the implementation of a NCI RO1 grant project awarded to Bruce H. Campbell, MD, FACS in 1998; "Measurable effects in head & neck cancer survivors". She also helped develop a process for delivering survivorship care plans (SCPs) to this population and subsequently implemented a H&N SCP pilot in 2012. Hide bio

Claudia Perez, DO, MS, FACOS
Doctor, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
Chicago, IL
Read bio... Dr. Perez is a board-certified general surgeon and fellowship-trained breast surgeon specializing in both benign disease and breast cancer. She is the Surgical Director of the Comprehensive Breast Center at Mercy Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Perez is an ambassador for the American Cancer Society. She many publications and numerous presentations about breast cancer awareness and risk reduction, including speaking engagements for the NCCN, the American College of Osteopathic Surgery, the American Medical Association, the MHMC Women’s Board, the Rainbow Push Coalition, WGN radio, ABC Chicago, and FOX news Chicago. Hide bio

Shannon Poppito, PhD
Clinical Psychologist/Psycho-Oncologist, Baylor Sammons Cancer Center
Dallas, TX
Read bio... Dr. Poppito specializes in psycho-oncology and provides integrated behavioral health consultation services in medical settings. She heads the new Behavioral Health Oncology Patient Evaluation (BHOPE) Consultation Service at Baylor University Medical Center’s Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas TX. She completed her Psycho-Oncology fellowship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she manualized and provided individual and group formats of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for advanced cancer patients. Dr. Poppito went on to serve as Assistant Attending Psychologist and Co-Director of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Psychotherapy Laboratory, and from there served as Director of Psychology Service at City of Hope Cancer Center. Dr. Poppito recently co-authored two Oxford University Press books on Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy, and has published and presented extensively on existential-developmental (life-transitional) issues in cancer and palliative care. Hide bio

Gary Puckrein, PhD
President and CEO, National Minority Quality Forum
Washington, DC
Read bio... In addition to his roles at the National Minority Quality Forum, Dr. Puckrein serves as Executive Director of the Alliance of Minority Medical Associations. He has built the Forum’s capacity to house vital statistics and other information—including demographic, environmental, claims, prescription, laboratory, hospital, and clinic data—in a centralized data warehouse. Dr. Puckrein has also led the development of the Forum’s health indexes and atlases to measure and forecast health status in small geographic areas, evaluate the impact of specific interventions, monitor changes in health outcomes, and provide information and analysis regarding the health of ethnic and racial minorities. He was awarded his doctorate from Brown University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Hide bio

Omar Rashid, MD, JD
Complex General Surgical Oncologist, Holy Cross Medical Group
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Read bio... Dr. Rashid is a surgical oncologist who trained at Dartmouth College, Duke University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Massey Cancer Center, and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. He returned home to Fort Lauderdale to a hybrid "privademics" practice to help improve the quality of cancer care in the community where he grew up. Hide bio

Colette Salm-Schmid, MD, FACS
Doctor, Prevea
Green Bay, WI
Read bio... Dr. Salm-Schmid is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon in Northeast Wisconsin. She is a past chairperson of the Wisconsin Cancer Council, and current vice-chair of the Education and Dissemination Committee for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Surgeons. Dr. Salm-Schmid has received honors from the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, Wisconsin Registrar’s Association, Ribbon of Hope Foundation, and Wisconsin Surgical Society. She has published research in the area of breast cancer surgery and prevention, has spent time educating nurse navigators, and teaching primary care physicians primary prevention for breast cancer. Dr. Salm-Schmid is currently in working in a multi-specialty group in Green Bay, Wisconsin and above all the honors, it is the relationships with her patients, colleagues, and community partners that she relishes the most. Hide bio

Terry Sarantou, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery, Levine Cancer Institute, Department of General Surgery, Carolinas HealthCare System
Charlotte, NC
Read bio... Dr. Sarantou is a board-certified general surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, completed a general surgery residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI and a surgical oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Sarantou holds an academic appointment as a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the ACS and is Chair of the Patient Education Workgroup. He is also a member of the ACS Patient Education Committee and Chairman of the Standards and Accreditation Committee of the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers (NAPBC). Dr. Sarantou actively surveys national and international breast programs. He is the Chairman of the American Society of Breast Surgeons Ethics Committee. Hide bio

Joan Scales, MSSW, LCSW
Supervisor, Psych-Oncology Services, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center
Lexington, KY
Read bio... In her current position, Ms. Scales has implemented distress screening, enhanced growth within the psych-oncology department, participated in research, and has educated and advocated for supportive services for patients and their families. Employed by UK HealthCare for over eight years, she has worked with both pediatric and adult oncology populations for 20 years. Ms. Scales has previous experience with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as Hospice of the Bluegrass. She earned her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. Hide bio

Regina Scalio, CN-BC
Survivorship Data Coordinator, Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, IL
Read bio... Ms. Scalio began her career in health care in 2007, working as a Phlebotomist and EKG technician. In 2008, an opportunity in the Breast Care Center became available which helped drive her passion for patients with breast cancer. Ms. Scalio’s interest in breast care prompted her to become a Certified Clinical Patient Navigator through the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Harold P. Freeman Institute in 2016. She is a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators and the National Consortium of Breast Centers. Ms. Scalio continues to find innovative ways to work with health care providers as part of the Survivorship program. Hide bio

Mary Schueller, MSN, RN, AOCNS, CHPN
Oncology Clinical Nurse Educator, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital
Sheboygan, WI
Read bio... Ms. Schueller’s position spans four hospitals in the Hospital Sisters Health System, Eastern Wisconsin Division. She is passionate about helping nurses learn about cancer and its treatment. With 38 years of experience as an oncology RN, she is an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) as well as her local ONS chapter where she has served as Chapter President. Ms. Schueller is a manuscript reviewer for the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing and is an active volunteer with several cancer-related organizations. Currently, she serves as Chair, Wisconsin State Leadership Board of the American Cancer Society. Hide bio

Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS
Founder and Director, Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators (AONN+)
Baltimore, MD
Read bio... Ms. Shockney currently serves on 34 medical advisory boards. She has worked at Johns Hopkins since 1983. She has received 52 awards--46 national awards and 6 state awards including being inducted into the Maryland Women Hall of Fame, Women in Business Healthcare Trailblazer Award, and Johnson & Johnson's most amazing nurse in America, and National Komen for the Cure's Professor of Survivorship award. Ms. Shockney is a two-time breast cancer survivor, national and international public speaker and strong patient advocate. Though an oncology nurse, she was appointed to a Distinguished Service Faculty (physician) chair at Hopkins by the Dean of the School of Medicine and the President of the University. Hide bio

Lawrence Shulman, MD
Deputy Director for Clinical Services, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania and Director, Center for Global Cancer Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Read bio... Dr. Shulman has a leadership role in the strategic development of cancer services for the Abrahamson  Cancer Center and its affiliated hospitals. He also leads the Cancer Quality program for the University of Pennsylvania’s Health System. Dr. Shulman is the former Chair of American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Quality of Care Committee. He is the current Chair of the Commission on Cancer. He has been nominated to serve on the National Cancer Policy Forum of the National Academy, a role he will assume in 2017.

Dr. Shulman serves as Senior Oncology Advisor to Partners In Health (PIH), a non-profit organization co-founded by Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl in 1987. In addition he works with the cancer program in Botswana through the Botswana-University of Pennsylvania Partnership. Dr. Shulman is a member of ASCO’s International Affairs Committee, and was a member of their Global Oncology Leadership Task Force.

A specialist in the treatment of patients with breast cancer, his research includes development of new cancer therapies, and implementation of cancer treatment programs in low-resource settings.

He received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and trained in Hematology and Oncology at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA.
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Zachary Smith, MBA
Director, Radiation Oncology and Respiratory Care, Baton Rouge General Pennington Cancer Center
Baton Rouge, LA
Read bio... Mr. Smith’s program was the first in Baton Rouge to receive ACoS certification and the first in the state to receive NAPBC certification. He received his radiation therapy training at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Mr. Smith has over 20 years in the oncology field and has lectured on topics related to treatment modalities, screening trends, and clinical efficiencies at the local, state, and national level.
He received his LEAN Six Sigma training in 2009 from the GE training program and holds the rank of green belt. Mr. Smith has used these skills in his clinic to maximize staff and resources, decrease planning times, and increase staff engagement.
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Randy E. Stevens, MD
Director of Radiation Oncology, White Plains Hospital Center
White Plains, NY
Read bio... Dr. Stevens completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Radiation Oncology residency at NYU Medical Center. She is board-certified in both internal medicine and radiation oncology. Dr. Stevens is the co-director of the Breast Leadership Committee and the Chairperson of the White Plains Hospital Institutional Review Board. She is the site Principal Investigator of several cooperative group breast clinical trials. Dr. Stevens sits on the Board and the Executive Committees of the NAPBC, is the Chair of the Education and Dissemination Committee of the NAPBC and represents ASTRO on the NAPBC Board. She is Vice-President of the New York Metropolitan Breast Group and is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Greater New York. Hide bio

Danny Takanishi, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery, University of Hawaii
Honolulu, HI
Read bio... After graduating from the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Dr. Takanishi completed a general surgery residency and fellowships in surgical critical care and surgical oncology. He is a past-President of the Hawaii Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and has served as a Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) for over 10 years. Additionally, he was the recipient of an Outstanding State Chair Performance Award from the CoC in 2006. Dr. Takanishi currently serves as Chair of the Program Review Subcommittee and the Accreditation Committee of the CoC. He is also an active member of a number of national organizations, such as the Society of University Surgeons, Western Surgical Association, Society of Surgical Oncology, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Association of Program Directors in Surgery, National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Hide bio

Karen Terry, MPH
Director of Operations, Anderson Cancer Institute, Memorial University Medical Center
Savannah, GA
Read bio... Ms. Terry began her career over 10 years ago as a Fellow at the National Cancer Institute where she worked to disseminate research-based interventions from the national to community level. Since then she has held positions in oncology disparities, quality, program development and operations. Ms. Terry has participated in the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) since it was in the beta testing phase. After working in oncology quality at both the national and community levels, she understands the importance of a strong oncology quality program and its direct impact on patient care and outcomes. Hide bio

Elyse Weber, MS
Genetic Counselor, Edward Hospital
Naperville, IL
Read bio... Ms. Weber is board-certified with 15 years of clinical experience. For the last seven years, she has spent the majority of her time working with adult cancer patients and their relatives, identifying and coordinating appropriate genetic testing and related services. Hide bio

Richard Wender, MD
Chief Cancer Control Officer, American Cancer Society
Atlanta, GA
Read bio... Dr. Wender helps lead the only comprehensive cancer control organization in the world. He drives the effort to transform the face of cancer here and around the globe by developing strategies for access to care, patient navigation, and health equity. Prior to joining the Society’s staff in 2013, he provided extensive volunteer leadership at the organization’s state and local levels. In 2006, he was elected national president of the Society, becoming the first primary care physician to serve in this capacity.

Dr. Wender worked for more than three decades as a family physician in the department of family and community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. From 2002 until 2013, he served as alumni professor and chair of the department. Dr. Wender has led numerous initiatives designed to improve preventive care and chronic disease management. He currently serves as chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.
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David P. Winchester, MD, FACS
Medical Director, Cancer Programs, American College of Surgeons
Chicago, IL
Read bio... Dr. Winchester has served as Medical Director of the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and Executive Director of the American Joint Commission on Cancer (AJCC) for 25 years. He was a founding member of the National Cancer Database (NCDB) and has served as principal investigator since 1989. Dr. Winchester was a practicing surgical oncologist until 2014 and past President of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO). He was the recipient of the first Distinguished Service Award from the SSO. Dr. Winchester has served as author or co-author of over 235 peer reviewed publications and was a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine until 2014. He served as founding member and Chairman of the Board of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) from 2006 to 2010. Hide bio

Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS, FACS, FASCO
Professor and Chair of Surgery, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Senior Vice President, Surgical Service Line, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH
Read bio... Dr. Wong is Interim Senior Vice President of the Oncology Service Line at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. She is also a member of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Dr. Wong has clinical expertise in soft tissue sarcoma, melanoma, Merkel Cell carcinoma, and gastrointestinal cancers. Her research program focuses on quality and costs of cancer care and she has been funded by National Cancer Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Wong is active in the education and mentorship of surgeon-scientists and has been honored with numerous medical student and resident teaching awards. Hide bio

Katherine Yao, MD, FACS
Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery NorthShore University HealthSystem
Evanston, IL
Read bio... Dr. Yao was promoted last year to Clinical Professor of Surgery for the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She is Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee of the NAPBC and was a surveyor for many years with the NAPBC at its inception. She has a vast experience with the NCDB being the principal investigator for the alpha and beta phase of the NCDB breast PUF file. Hide bio