The computer screen for the Tapas Das Gupta, MD Virtual Cancer Research Symposium 2020 is filling up, but there’s still room available.
The event, to be held Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and hosted by John Stewart IV, MD, MBA, FACS, associate director of clinical research at the University of Illinois Cancer Center, will feature three renowned cancer researchers and clinicians who will discuss a myriad range of healthcare topics. A member of the UI Cancer Center Patient Brigade will also be a featured speaker.
The program includes:
Jennifer Tseng, MD, MPH
James Utley Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, Surgeon-in-Chief, Boston Medical Center
Topic: “From Health Disparities to Cancer Equity: The View From Boston”
Tseng is a highly regarded surgical oncologist and gastrointestinal surgeon, whose practice encompasses the upper gastrointestinal tract. She has led a group of diverse Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center faculty in oncology research, education and care for GI, endocrine, breast, as well as melanomas and sarcomas, and other malignancies. She has published more than 130 peer-reviewed journal articles on reducing surgical risk, cancer biomarkers and on developing models for cancer treatment sequencing strategies, with a strong focus on racial and socioeconomic disparities in care.
Tseng is the founder of Surgical Outcomes Analysis & Research (SOAR), a clinical and outcomes research institute initiated at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. Her research interests include developing models for cancer treatment sequencing strategies, cancer biomarkers, and healthcare disparities and outcomes research. She serves on the editorial board of several journals and is deputy editor for JAMA Surgery, and is a member of numerous surgical societies, including the American Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, and the Society of Surgical Oncology. Tseng is immediate past secretary for the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) and is president of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS). In 2019, Tseng was appointed a director of the American Board of Surgery.
Alliric I. Willis, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Topic: “Disparities in Breast Cancer Screening, Treatment, and Outcomes: A Persistent Crisis in Need of Action”
As an associate professor of surgery at Thomas Jefferson University and an associate member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Willis conducts cancer health disparities research, specializing in surgical oncology, and care for a diverse population of patients. He has been recognized for his clinical research on cancer health disparities, quality, and outcomes with peer-reviewed publications and invited presentations. Willis has completed the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities’ Translational Health Disparities Course, and has a record of producing impactful research with direct clinical implications by asking novel questions to promote health improvement for all patients. Willis was named a “Top Doctor” by Philadelphia Magazine in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Karen Marie Winkfield, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology, Wake Forest University
Topic: “Cancer Equity: How Far Have We Come?”
A national expert in community engagement, Winkfield’s research focuses on the design and implementation of programming to reduce sociocultural and economic barriers that contribute to disparate health outcomes for racial/ethnic minorities and underserved populations. Her goal is to empower the community with knowledge and encourage policymakers to invest in initiatives designed to eliminate inequities in the health care delivery system. Winkfield specializes in the use of radiation therapy in the treatment of hematologic malignancies (lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, bone marrow transplantation) and breast cancer.
Patient Advocate and Breast Cancer Survivor, UI Cancer Center Patient Brigade
A breast cancer survivor of nearly 25 years, Rogers is a member of the University of Illinois Patient Brigade. She has volunteered her time at numerous cancer organizations, including the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Y-Me organization, and has traveled to Washington to lobby Congress to discuss breast cancer funding. Rogers also underwent training at the National Breast Cancer Coalition, where scientists and researchers taught her the science of breast cancer.
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