Events & Opportunities

The First Line of Defense — A Conversation about Breast Cancer

Presented by The Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership of Drexel University College of Medicine and Susan G. Komen Philadelphia.

If you are a physician associated with another hospital and wish to attend empowering event and lear from our discussions, we welcome your participation. Please contact Elaine at 215-238-8900.


Lydia Komarnicky, MD: Professor and Chair of Radiation Oncology, Drexel University College of Medicine; Co-Director, Hahnemann University Hospital Cancer Center. Dr. Komarnicky is a prominent specialist in the treatment of breast, lung and eye tumors. She has long been active in developing breast cancer awareness programs throughout the Philadelphia region. She is involved with numerous breast cancer organizations and has served as the medical advisor for the National Women's Health Resource Center’s “Learn.Love.Commit.” breast cancer awareness campaign. She has also been recognized repeatedly as a “Top Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine.

Shailaja Nair, MD, FACP: Chief and Clinical Director of the Drexel Center for Women’s Health and Associate Professor of Medicine. Specializing in women's health, Dr. Nair’s areas of clinical expertise include obesity and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). She has a special interest in health care for women of all ages and has been actively involved in student and resident education at Drexel University. As the Clinical Director of Drexel’s Center for Women’s Health, Dr. Nair is dedicated to providing convenient, comprehensive care specifically for women. 

Rene Rothstein-Rubin, MD, FACP: Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine; Co-Director, Hahnemann University Hospital Cancer Center. Dr. Rene Rothstein-Rubin is the medical director of multidisciplinary cancer programs at Hahnemann University Hospital, with over 20 years of experience as a hematology/oncology physician. She specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, genetic testing and research of breast cancer and is a principal investigator in numerous clinical trials. Dr. Rothstein-Rubin is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine.

Amanda M. Woodworth, MD: Director, Breast Health and Wellness Center; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Woodworth is fellowship trained in surgical breast oncology, including oncoplastic techniques, and is an advocate for new and promising surgical treatments of breast cancer. She specializes in innovative breast surgery procedures, such as nipple-sparing mastectomy and reduction pattern lumpectomies. A leader in the holistic approach to breast cancer management, she is regularly invited to lecture on the subject of integrated care of breast health and disease.


Lynn Yeakel, MSM: Director, Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership. Lynn Yeakel holds the Betty A. Cohen Chair in Women’s Health. Formerly Regional Director of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, she was a founder and chief executive of Women’s Way until she resigned in 1992 to run for the U.S. Senate. She is the creator of Conversations About Women’s Health; the WOMAN ONE Award and Scholarship Fund, raising tuition funds for underrepresented women studying medicine at Drexel; and Vision 2020, a national gender equality initiative.


Elaine I. Grobman: Chief Executive Officer, Susan G. Komen Philadelphia. Elaine Grobman has transformed philanthropy into a life-long career. She has been involved with the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure® since it was first held in 1991 and has served as CEO of Komen Philadelphia since its establishment in 2001. Through more than a quarter-century under Elaine’s leadership, Komen Philadelphia has: given out more than $58 million in community grants to strengthen the breast cancer movement and save lives here through the work of local hospitals and organizations; contributed nearly $23.5 million for research, and funded over 167,000 mammograms for women in need in the local community.


About The Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership of Drexel University College of Medicine
Founded in 1993, the Institute was designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a vanguard National Center of Excellence in Women's Health in 1996. The Institute provides programs and makes connections locally, nationally and globally to help women lead healthier and more fulfilling lives and to increase women’s leadership opportunities. Through the Legacy Center, the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program (ELAM), Woman One, Vision 2020, the Sex and Gender Research Forum and Conversations About Women’s Health, the Institute advances its mission to “honor the past, enrich the present and shape the future.” For more information, please contact Janine Barber at

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