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Medical Advisory Board

The mission of Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Medical Advisory Board is to serve as an expert resource on issues of concern to people affected by breast cancer and their families and to assist with outreach to other health professionals and consumers about the breadth of LBBC programs for people affected by breast cancer.

Many Medical Advisory Board members help with reviewing content for our website and publications, serve as speakers at our events and help answer your questions about breast cancer during our ask-the-expert series.

Janet L. Abrahm, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

Janet L. Abrahm, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, is division chief of adult palliative care in the department of psychosocial oncology and palliative care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Jayne Antonowsky, LCSW, BCD

Ms. Antonowsky is a clinical social worker specializing in the care of women with breast cancer and people affected by serious and chronic illness.

Frances K. Barg, PhD

Frances K. Barg, PhD, is associate professor of family medicine and community health in the school of medicine and associate professor in the department of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kimberly L. Blackwell, MD

Kimberly L. Blackwell, MD, is professor of medicine and assistant professor of radiation oncology at Duke University Medical Center and director of the breast cancer program at the Duke Cancer Institute, in Durham, North Carolina, where she oversees all basic and translational research programs involving breast cancer patients. She is board certified in medical oncology.

Keith I. Block, MD

Dr. Block is an internationally recognized integrative cancer treatment specialist, researcher and educator. A leader in laying the foundation for what is now called integrative medicine, he is medical/scientific director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, which he co-founded in 1980.

Virginia F. Borges, MD, MMSc

Virginia F. Borges, MD, MMSc, is an associate professor of medical oncology at the University of Colorado Denver. She is director of the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Translational Program, which is committed to identifying the cause for increased risk of death for young women with breast cancer.

Andrea Mechanick Braverman, PhD

Dr. Mechanick Braverman, a clinical health psychologist, founded and practices at The Braverman Center for Health Journeys in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. She specializes in assisting people with fertility concerns, speaking widely to both laypeople and professionals on the impact of acute and chronic disease on building families.

Andrea L. Cheville, MD, MSCE

Andrea Cheville, MD, MSCE is senior associate consultant in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic. She joined the Mayo Clinic in 2006 to pursue her research in breast cancer-related lymphedema, which focuses on protecting the lymphatic system during primary breast cancer treatment and enhancing its innate capacity to heal.

Emily F. Conant, MD

Dr. Conant is professor of radiology and chief of breast imaging at University of Pennsylvania.

Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Helen Coons, a board certified clinical health psychologist, is president and clinical director of Women’s Mental Health Associates, in Denver, Colorado. She specializes in improving the well-being of women with breast, gynecological, colon and other cancers.