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Komen Philadelphia Announces “Strength & Survival” Educational Empowerment Program

Strength & Survival: The Universal Language is a free Komen Philadelphia breast health empowerment program and musical celebration with the Philly POPS®.  Get more event information here. .

Komen Philadelphia is proud and grateful to share the following outline of presenters and topics for our 2018 Strength & Survival event. Together, this distinguished group of includes the very best professionals in the breast cancer field, as well as breast cancer survivors and individuals living with metastatic breast cancer who epitomize hope, dignity and courage. All of them will work together on March 3 to provide thousands of men and women with lifesaving knowledge and life-enriching inspirations! (Below, topics are listed in pink)

Breast Cancer’s Impact on African-American Women

Physician Presenter: Amanda M. Woodworth, MD, Drexel University College of Medicine Director of Breast Health, Assistant Professor of Surgery

Survivor Inspiration: Domonique Sampson 

Hispanic Women and Breast Cancer

Physician Presenter: Generosa Grana, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities

Survivor Inspiration: Arlene Muñoz

Statistics for Asian-American Women

Physician Presenter: Kahyun Yoon-Flannery, DO, MPH, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Jefferson Health
Medical Director, Jefferson Comprehensive Breast Center, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center—Washington Township; Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Survivor Inspiration: Mary Faustino 

Screening

Physician Presenter: Cynthia Venegas, MD, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Clinical Director HC 4

 Survivor Inspiration: Vivian Whitaker

Navigation with Minority Focus

Physician Presenter: Carmen E. Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP, Penn Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine; Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Medicine; Associate Director of Diversity and Outreach, Abramson Cancer Center, Perelman School of Medicine

Survivor Inspiration: Lorelei McGlade

 Navigation with Latina Focus

Physician Presenter: Marc A. Rovito, MD, Penn State Health – St. Joseph
Medical Director, Cancer Center

Survivor Inspiration: Maria Jimenez 

Breast Cancer Myths

Physician Presenter: Laura S. Picciano, DO, Main Line Health Cancer Care – Lankenau Medical Center
Internal Medicine

Survivor Inspiration: Jodi Krawitz

Genetic Testing

Physician Presenter: Daniel Silver, MD, PhD, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson
Associate Professor, Medical Oncology and Cancer Biology; Director, Basic Science and Research, Medical Oncology; Leader, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Breast Program

Survivor Inspiration: Jeanette Stephens-El 

Male Breast Cancer

Physician Presenter: Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Professor of Surgical Oncology, Breast Clinical Service Line Leader, and Director of Breast Fellowship Program

Forever Fighter Inspiration: Chris Koniers

Diagnosis

Physician Presenter: Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Professor of Surgical Oncology, Breast Clinical Service Line Leader, and Director of Breast Fellowship Program

Survivor Inspiration: Dona Vinall

Staging

Physician Presenter: Scott Herbert, MD, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Abington Jefferson Health
Chief of Radiation Oncology

Forever Fighter Inspiration: Debby Madiraca 

Surgical Treatment: Lymph Nodes

Physician Presenter: Lisa Jablon, MD, FACS, Einstein Medical Center
Director of the Breast Program, Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia

 Survivor Inspiration: Clara Salami

 

Surgical Treatment: Prophylactic Mastectomy

Physician Presenter: W. Bradford Carter, MD, Main Line Health Cancer Center – Bryn Mawr Hospital
Breast Surgeon 

Survivor Inspiration: Kim Dudder

Surgical Treatment: Choosing No Reconstruction

Physician Presenter: Kristin L. Brill, MD. FACS, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
Program Director, The Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center, Section of Breast Surgery

 Survivor Inspiration: Ebony Robinson

Surgical Treatment: Mastectomy

Physician Presenter: Julia C. Tchou, MD, PhD, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Section Chief of Breast Surgery, Division of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery, Department of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Penn; Co-Director of the Rena Rowan Breast Center, Abramson Cancer Center

Survivor Inspiration: Christine Cunane

Lymphedema

Physician Presenter: Andrea Porpiglia, MD, MSc, Crozer Keystone Health System
Surgical Oncologist

 Survivor Inspiration: Merium Burwell 

Reconstruction After Breast Cancer Treatment as it Impacts Quality of Life

Physician Presenter: Sameer A. Patel, MD, FACS, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Associate Clinical Professor; Director, Plastic Surgery Extramural Program Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department of Surgical Oncology

Survivor Inspiration: Jocelyn Holgado

Fertility: Patient-Physician Communications 

Physician Presenter: Wendy S. Newell, MD, FACS, Bayhealth Cancer Institute
Breast Surgeon

 Survivor Inspiration: Melanie N. Pritchett

Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Physician Presenter: Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACO, FCPP, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson 
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology, Department of Medical Oncology; Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities; Associate Director, Diversity Affairs

Survivor Inspiration: Robin Evans

Chemotherapy

Physician Presenter: Elias Obeid, MD, MPH, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Genetics; Director, Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment Program

 Survivor Inspiration: Sara Casimates

Endocrine Therapy

Physician Presenter: Maysa Abu-Khalaf, MD, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson
Associate Professor, Medical Oncology; Director, Breast Medical Oncology Program, Co-Director, Breast Care Center

Survivor Inspiration: Eva Maria Silvestro

Whole Breast and Partial Radiotherapy

Physician Presenter: Curtis T. Miyamoto, MD, Temple University
Professor and Chairperson, Department of Radiation Oncology, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University; Associate Director for Clinical Services, Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University Hospital

 Survivor Inspiration: Marian Burton

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Physician Presenter: Maysa Abu-Khalaf, MD, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson
Associate Professor, Medical Oncology; Director, Breast Medical Oncology Program, Co-Director, Breast Care Center

Survivor Inspiration: Cindy Strobel

Surveillance

Physician Presenter: Ami P. Jhaveri, MD, Penn Medicine – Lancaster General Health
Hematology/Oncology

Survivor Inspiration: Mary Depoe

Metastatic Disease

Physician Presenter: Anthony P. Scarpaci, MD, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Abington Jefferson Health
Abington Cancer Care Specialists, Rosenfeld Cancer Center

 Survivor/Forever Fighter Inspiration: Frances and Christopher Koniers

Palliative Care

Physician Presenter: Kenneth Trzepkowski, MD, FAAFP, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute located at Christiana Care Health System
Supportive and Palliative Care

Survivor Inspiration: Marcia L. Bukay

Clinical Trials

Physician Presenter: Nicole D. Simone, MD, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson
Co-Leader, Breast Cancer Research Program, Radiation Director, Breast Care Center

Survivor Inspiration: Opal Houston

Research: Metastatic Disease

Physician Presenter: Frank J. Rauscher, III, PhD, The Wistar Institute Cancer Center
Deputy Director, Professor, Gene Expression and Regulation Program

Survivor Inspiration: Meryl Weinreb

Research: Gene Editing

Physician Presenter: Eric B. Kmiec, PhD, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute located at Christiana Care Health System
Founder and Director of the Gene Editing Institute

 Survivor Inspiration: Jocelyn Holgado 

Lifestyle Modifications

Physician Presenter: Jennifer Chalfin Simmons, MD, FACS, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
Chief, Breast Surgery; Director of Breast Program

Survivor Inspiration: Caroline Tucker

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR MEDICAL CO-DIRECTORS:

  • Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS, Fox Chase Cancer Center: Professor of Surgical Oncology, Breast Clinical Service Line Leader, and Director of Breast Fellowship Program
  • Curtis T. Miyamoto, MD, Temple University: Professor and Chairperson, Department of Radiation Oncology, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University; Associate Director for Clinical Services, Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University Hospital

WE ALSO THANK OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

View the full list of 2018 Strength & Survival sponsors and supporters, including Garth Weldon’s Prime Partner of the Year fundraising campaign contributors.

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