Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, FASCO is a medical oncologist and distinguished professor in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology and a professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He also is director of UNC Lineberger’s cancer outcomes research program. He was also recently elected to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Board of Directors.
He is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute, a federally appointed member of the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Co-Chair of the Cancer Care Delivery Research Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, and Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). He has led multiple national guidelines and clinical trials in prostate cancer and has pioneered research on patient self-reporting of symptoms during cancer treatment.
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Dr. Doris Howell has an extensive clinical background in cancer care. As a researcher, her main goal is to optimize the quality of cancer care and empower patients as co-producers of health and well-being. At U of T Nursing, Dr. Howell developed the Clinical Nursing Stream – Oncology curriculum in the master’s program.
Her clinical research aims to understand the role of a patient’s central perception and evaluation of complex symptoms – such as fatigue, pain and breathlessness – on symptom response and behaviour to inform the development of theory and behavioural self-management intervention trials.
Dr. Howell holds the RBC Chair, Oncology Nursing Research and Education, University Health Network. She is a Senior Scientist with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network. She is an Adjunct Scientist, Division of Preventive Oncology, Cancer Care Ontario; and an Adjunct Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Dr. Howell is cross-appointed to U of T’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and its Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation within the Faculty of Medicine.
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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. Dr. Montero has also published several studies examining the cost-effectiveness of several targeted therapies currently utilized for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.
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Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN is an advanced practice oncology nurse (ANP-BC) who has consulted with organizations on issues to improve cancer care and has over 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. She is active in ONS and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). 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. She 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. In 2018, she began her role as Interim Director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship with the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.
Dr. Mayer is on faculty at the School of Nursing at UNC and is 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. As a nurse who works “frontline” with cancer survivors, and as a cancer survivor herself, she brings a unique perspective to her clinical, research and health policy collaborations with cancer survivors and advocates, primary care providers, cancer specialists and researchers.
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.
Ari Gnanasakthy, MBA, MSc, is Head of Patient-Reported Outcomes at RTI-HS. Prior to RTI-HS, Mr. Gnanasakthy was the Executive Director and Head of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Center of Excellence at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He has almost 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. At Novartis, he worked in several departments, including Biostatistics, Health Economics, Pricing, and Outcomes Research. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, and computing, Mr. Gnanasakthy joined Rothamsted Experimental Station (UK), where he was responsible for the statistical analysis of survey data of agricultural soil in England and Wales. He then joined the Milk Marketing Board (UK), where he was a part of the team responsible for modeling lactation curves of dairy cows.
Mr. Gnanasakthy’s extensive experience in the field of statistics and outcome research has resulted in numerous abstracts and almost 40 publications. Throughout his career, Mr. Gnanasakthy has developed and validated over a dozen patient-reported outcomes instruments and currently serves in the editorial board of Cancer Clinical Trials and a reviewer for many professional journals, including Value in Health.
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Alicyn Campbell, MPH has over nine years of experience developing and implementing innovative PRO strategies and endpoints across tumor types within oncology drug development (e.g. non-small cell lung cancer, head and neck cancer, hematological malignancies, gastric cancer, glioblastoma, ovarian cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, breast cancer [from neo-adjuvant to metastatic], renal cell carcinoma, and pancreatic cancer).
Her current research includes assessment of symptom burden in lung cancer, comparative tolerability assessment, and the development of new tools for neurocognitive assessment of brain metastases, as well as the CNS effects of treatment.
Alicyn currently is co-chair of the C-Path NSCLC Working Group. Prior to joining Genentech Alicyn was a Director in Health Economics and Outcomes Research at Pfizer Oncology for six years, where she was responsible for Outcomes Research strategy for the development pipeline, including PRO endpoints. Additionally, Alicyn spearheaded and lead a company-wide initiative to develop integrated treatment management guidelines for common toxicities across small molecules, as well as designed a novel treatment management intervention trial using PROs as primary endpoint of efficacy.
She completed her Masters of Public Health from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine with concentrations in Epidemiology and Outcomes Research. Alicyn is passionate about measuring the impact of cancer and its treatment on patients in a rigorous and reliable way to provide patients with the best evidence to make one of the most important healthcare decisions they will face in their lifetime: choice of treatment following a cancer diagnosis.
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Mary Lou Smith, JD, MBA, FASCO is a Co-founder of the Research Advocacy Network. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor and an ovarian and colon cancer survivor and serves as Chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Advocates Committee. She also serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment Guidelines Committees. She is a member of the Mayo Breast SPORE and the NCI Breast Steering Committee’s BOLD Task Force. Mary Lou serves on the boards of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and Gateway for Cancer Research. She was a community member of the Rush University Medical Center Institutional Review Board for 10 years. Mary Lou is a past president of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and has served on the Cancer Leadership Council and the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Board of Directors.
Mary Lou has worked in health care for over 20 years in both hospital administration and consulting. She was involved in the development of numerous managed care products for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, including a Pediatric Cancer Network. Mary Lou has a Juris Doctorate with a Health Law Certification and a master’s degree in Business Administration.
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Dr. Carrie Tompkins Stricker is a nurse scientist and oncology nurse practitioner with 20 years of experience in the delivery, development, and evaluation of quality patient-centered care for individuals with cancer. She received both her PhD and MSN degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and her BSN from the Ohio State University. She is internationally recognized as an expert in supportive and survivorship care for cancer patients, including both national and international awards for the development and implementation of evidence-based guidelines for symptom management in oncology.
As a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Stricker has secured over $1 million in funding for her research, and has been a key collaborator on grants totaling more than $7 million in federal funding. Previously, as Director of Survivorship Clinical Programs for the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, she oversaw clinical survivorship program development and evaluation.
Dr. Karen Hammelef has practiced for more than 30 years in the oncology nursing clinical arenas of bone marrow transplantation, breast cancer and supportive oncology as both an acute care nurse practitioner and nurse. In 1999 she became the Founding Director of the Patient & Family Support Services Program at the University of Michigan; a comprehensive oncology supportive care program offering services in psycho-onocology, complementary & integrative therapies, psychosocial care including practical assistance, patient education, practical assistance, and survivorship.
Dr. Hammelef received a BSN from Mercy College of Detroit, a MS from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Duke University where her capstone project explored the implementation of distress screening in ambulatory oncology. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on a variety of supportive care topics in oncology including distress management and innovative methods for the provision of psychosocial care to patients and their families.
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