Speakers

Keynote Presenters

Douglas Yee, MD
Director, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
John H. Kersey Chair in Cancer Research
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology

Douglas Yee, MD is director of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, one of the nation’s 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers.  A professor in the departments of medicine and pharmacology, Dr. Yee holds the John H. Kersey Chair in Cancer Research.  He is known for his lab research on the growth regulation of tumors by insulin-like growth factors and the clinical use of these findings. Dr. Yee is the author of well over 210 publications.  He maintains an active clinical practice in breast medical oncology at the Breast Center, University of Minnesota Medical Center.  

Dr. Yee is a Pew Scholar and a Komen Scholar with Susan G. Komen and has been a co-investigator on a V Foundation Translational Research Grant.  He has an active leadership role in the ISPY-2 clinical trial where he serves on the executive committee, the data access and publication committee, and as chair of the agent selection committee.  Dr. Yee is also a member of the scientific advisory committee for the Love/Avon Army of Women.  

 

 

Pamela Ginsberg, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Specializing in Women’s Health & Wellness

Pamela Ginsberg, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in women’s health and wellness.  With over 23 years of experience, Dr. Ginsberg works with women with all cancers at all stages, with a special interest in working with women with metastatic breast cancer.  She also works with women with a variety of other health challenges, life balance, grief and bereavement, stress management, decision-making, parenting, and relationship issues.  Dr. Ginsberg is on staff at Doylestown Hospital and on the Board of Directors for The Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia (Gilda’s Club).  She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Health Psychology, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and the American Psycho-Oncology Society.  Dr. Ginsberg is a frequent speaker on the subject of coping with cancer for both a professional and patient oriented audiences.

 

 

Pallav K. Mehta, MD 
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Director of Integrative Oncology
Director of Practice Development
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Pallav K. Mehta, MD, is the director of integrative oncology and director of practice development at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden, New Jersey. He is a medical oncologist/hematologist with expertise and interest in breast cancer and integrative oncology and is board certified in oncology, hematology and integrative medicine. He is a member of Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Board of Directors. 

Dr. Mehta previously served as the chief of the division of hematology and oncology and the medical director of the Charles A. and Betty Bott Cancer Center at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania. He has been the cancer liaison physician to the Commission on Cancer and authored several journal articles and clinical trials, in which he has served as a local principal investigator. He also developed a broad integrative medicine initiative aimed at people with cancer.

Dr. Mehta has been invited to speak nationally on the topic of exercise and cancer and serves as a consultant and speaker for several international oncology-related companies pertaining to breast cancer, genetics, and molecular profiling. He is co-author of After Cancer Care: The Definitive Self-Care Guide to Getting and Staying Well for Patients After Cancer.

 

Breakout Session Speaker Listings
Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Associate Director of Clinical Investigation for the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Kimberley A. Curseen, MD
Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services, Emory Healthcare
Acting Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

Katherine Easton, LCSW, OSW-C
Oncology Social Worker, Atlanta Cancer Center Affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute 

Janet Falon, MLA
Writer & Writing Teacher  

Margaret Flowers, PhD 
Associate Director, Grants and Scientific Communications
Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Lynn Folkman Auspitz
Manager, Community Engagement
Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Ann Ogden Gaffney
Founder, Cook for Your LIFE

Kate Garza
Certified Yoga Instructor & Health Care Communicator

Barbara J. Golby, LCSW-R
Senior Clinical Social Worker, Resources for Life After Cancer
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD
Fellow, American Academy of Grief Counseling
Oncology Psychotherapist, Fellowship in Grief Counseling

Marc Hurlbert, PhD
Chief Mission Officer, Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Chair, Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance

Jamie Ledezma, Esq.
Cancer Rights Attorney, Survivor

Lorenita Lucas, MPA, RYT
Living with metastatic breast cancer since 2014

Katherine O'Brien
Co-Chair, Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance's Public Awareness Committee
Living with metastatic breast cancer since 2009