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Dr. Alberto Montero is a staff physician and the quality improvement officer at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. His clinical work focuses on breast cancer. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Montero was breast cancer site disease co-leader at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Montero earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, after which he completed a residency in internal medicine on the physician-scientist track at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. He then completed his fellowship training in hematology/oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Montero’s research interests include improvement of clinical outcomes in patients with breast cancer through the development of novel targeted therapies. He has been the principal investigator in over 30 clinical trials, and has co-authored over 70 peer reviewed publications. He has a particular interest in immune based therapies in breast cancer and other solid malignancies, and better understanding the various mechanisms by which tumors evade the immune system. Dr. Montero also has a keen interest in process improvement in oncology to develop more effective and efficient treatment strategies in breast cancer that lead to better clinical outcomes and ultimately superior quality of care for patients. Dr. Montero has also published several studies examining the cost-effectiveness of several targeted therapies currently utilized for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.
Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN is an advanced practice oncology nurse who has consulted with organizations on issues to improve cancer care and has 40 years of cancer nursing practice, education, research, and management experience. Dr. Mayer 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.
Dr. Mayer is past president of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), was a member of the National Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Advisory Board (a Presidential appointment) and Board of Scientific Advisors. Dr. Mayer was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Recently, she was the Editor for the Oncology Nursing Society’s Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) and is active in ONS and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Dr. Mayer has published over 100 articles and book chapters and lectures internationally on oncology and oncology nursing issues. She was recently awarded the ONS Lifetime Achievement Award.
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 program of research focuses on the issues facing cancer survivors and improving cancer care. She has a clinical practice working with breast cancer survivors. She currently is Chair-elect of ASCO’s Survivorship Committee.
She is also a member of the newly formed Blue Ribbon Panel organized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The panel is comprised of scientific experts, cancer leaders, and patient advocates that will inform the scientific direction and goals at NCI of Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.
Dr. Jeannine M. Brant is an oncology clinical nurse specialist, pain consultant, and nurse scientist for the Billings Clinic in Montana. Dr. Brant’s repertoire blends her clinical expertise in pain and symptom management with her program of research that includes improving patient symptoms and focusing on nursing-sensitive indicators that lead to quality nursing and interdisciplinary care.
In 1990, Dr. Brant developed the Women Reaching for Wellness Program, an American Indian outreach education program, on seven Indian reservations in Montana and one in Wyoming focused on cancer prevention in American Indian women. When the project began, American Indians were reluctant to discuss cancer for fear they would get the disease. Over a 15-year period, an award-winning film called “Standing Strong Against the Cancer Enemy” was produced (more than 400 copies distributed nationwide), cancer prevention and education were offered to more than 20,000 women per year, and a screening program was added through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Initially only five women received mammograms per year and the five-year breast cancer survival rate was approximately 65 percent. The program enrolled more than 200 women per year for mammograms when screening started and the breast cancer survival rates have increased.