Speakers

Keynote Session Presenters
Lisa A. Carey, MD, FASCOLisa A. Carey, MD, FASCO
Deputy Director of Clinical Sciences
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research
Department of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lisa A. Carey, MD, is the Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Carey joined the UNC faculty and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1998. She was chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and physician-in-chief of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital from 2012 to 2020. In 2020, Dr. Carey assumed the role of deputy director of clinical sciences at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Dr. Carey’s research interests include the clinical application of laboratory findings in breast cancer, with a particular interest in the clinical implications of different subtypes of breast cancer. She designs and leads clinical trials of new medicines and approaches to treatment. Dr. Carey has served in many roles for the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the National Cancer Institute. She is a member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, recipient of the NCI Director’s Service Award, and a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Carey has served as co-chair of the Alliance National Cooperative Group Breast Committee since 2016 and is a member of the Komen Scientific Advisory Board.

Nikhil Wagle, MDNikhil Wagle, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Medical Oncologist
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Institute Member
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Nikhil Wagle is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and an institute member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Dr. Wagle leads a translational research program in the field of breast cancer genomics and precision (or “personalized”) cancer medicine. The major goals of his work are to better understand the biology of metastatic breast cancer and to develop new ways to overcome or prevent medicine resistance in people with advanced breast cancer. His ultimate goal is to identify characteristics of tumors that might improve clinical decision making for people with advanced breast cancer.

He is also the director of the nonprofit Count Me In. The program’s first project, The Metastatic Breast Cancer Project, mbcproject.org, is a nationwide research initiative that seeks to empower people with advanced breast cancer around the U.S. to fast-track cancer research by sharing their tumor samples and clinical information. 

Dr. Wagle has received several awards and honors, including a Young Investigator Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the 2013 Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for Research in Personalized Cancer Medicine, and the inaugural 2016 AACR NextGen Award for Transformative Cancer Research. His work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Cancer Discovery, Nature Genetics, and Nature Medicine.

Kate PickertKate Pickert
Author of Radical: the Science, Culture and History of Breast Cancer in America

Kate Pickert is a former breast cancer patient and the author of Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America. Pickert is a former staff writer for TIME magazine, where she covered health-care, politics, and trends in modern American life. She is a journalism professor at Loyola Marymount University and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.



Jennifer Bires, MSW, LCSW, OSW-CJennifer Bires, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Executive Director
Life With Cancer and Patient Experience
Inova Schar Cancer Institute

Jennifer Bires is the Executive Director of Life with Cancer and Patient Experience for the Inova Schar Cancer Institute.  She previously served as the Executive Director at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC after almost a decade of experience as an oncology social worker in the DC area. Jennifer has a passion for improving access to psychosocial services for those impacted by cancer.  She specializes in working with young adults, end of life issues for patients and families and sexual health.  She was awarded the 2017 Oncology Social Worker of the Year award from the Association of Oncology Social Workers.

Shara B. Sosa, MSW, LCSW
Oncology Clinical Therapist
Life with Cancer
Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute
Inova Health System

Shara B. Sosa, MSW, LCSW, has worked at Inova Life with Cancer, a community organization offering free support and education to anyone affected by cancer, for over 20 years. She is a clinical oncology therapist offering supportive individual, couples, and family counseling, crises intervention, group facilitation, and psychosocial education. Her primary areas of focus include survivorship, sexuality and intimacy, resilience, living with advanced disease and bereavement, as well as young adults and women living with breast cancer. Ms. Sosa has contributed to a book about teens and cancer, and been cited in national publications including the Washington Post. She enjoys providing community education, conducting workshops, and doing local and national presentations.

Yael FlusbergYael Flusberg
Yoga therapist, writer, and coach
Washington, DC

Yael Flusberg is a yoga therapist, writer, and coach who helps people find resiliency, relief, and creativity during periods of transition and loss and in the aftermath of trauma. In her individual sessions, classes, and training, Yael helps students assess their physical, psychological, and spiritual health. She teaches evidence-based techniques that help students with their particular issues and conditions as well as sustainable yoga and other healing practices that help them experience every season and stage of life as meaningful. Yael is affiliated with the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine and is the board chair of Circle Yoga Cooperative in Washington, D.C., and of Antidote, a nonprofit that takes a public health approach to the issue of psychological manipulation of extremist organizations. More information is available at www.yaelflusberg.com.

Breakout Session Presenters and Panelists

Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Associate Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Director, Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Don Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO
Director of Women’s Cancers
Lifespan Cancer Institute

Director of Medical Oncology
Rhode Island Hospital

Professor of Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Michelle Ferretti, LCSW, OSW-C
Oncology Clinical Therapist
Inova Life with Cancer

Dory Ellen Fish, LAc
Owner of Dory Ellen Fish Acupuncture

Yael Flusberg
Yoga therapist, writer, and coach
Washington, DC

Stephanie L. Graff, MD, FACP
Associate Director of Breast Cancer Research
Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD
Fellowship in Grief Counseling
National Speaker / Author / Therapist
Conversations with Kelly

Tufia Haddad, MD
Associate Professor of Oncology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Christine Hodgdon
Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2015
Patient advocate, The StormRiders.org

Andrea Incudine, MPH
Senior Manager of Programs and Evaluation
Family Reach

Rachel C. Jankowitz, MD
Director
Rena Rowan Breast Center at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and the Penn Abramson Cancer Center

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Department of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Jackie Lake, LSW
Senior Manager of Programs Innovation
Family Reach

Leora Loewenthal, LICSW, OSW-C, MPA
Program Leader - Hematology/Oncology Social Work
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Reshma L. Mahtani, DO
Associate Professor of Medicine
Sylvester Cancer Center
University of Miami

Director of Community Outreach
Co-Director Women’s Center, Deerfield Beach

Rita Nanda, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Breast Oncology
Section of Hematology/Oncology
The University of Chicago

Natalia Padron
Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2015
Breast Cancer Advocate for the Hispanic community
Owner of Naty Wellness, organic and natural handmade soaps for skin damaged due to chemotherapy and radiation

Jamil Rivers
Diagnosed with de novo metastatic breast cancer in 2018
Board of Directors and Young Advocate, Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Founder, the Chrysalis Initiative

Kelly Shanahan
Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2013
Board of Directors, METAvivor.org

Alicia C. Staley
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and 2007
Co-Founder of #BCSM
Sr. Director, Patient Engagement, Medidata

Robyn Tiger, MD, C-IAYT, RYT-500
Physician & Certified yoga instructor
Founder, Yoga Heals 4 Life
Faculty, Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy
www.yogaheals4life.com

Christina Irene Tsien, MD
Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Sibley Memoiral Hospital
John Hopkins Medicine

Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW
Oncology Social Worker
Program Manager, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Program
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Sara Jane Ward, PhD
Assistant Professor
Center for Substance Abuse Research
Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Brooke Worster, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Neu Center for Supportive Medicine and Cancer Survivorship
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Alexandra S. Zimmer, MD
Assistant Research Physician
Women's Malignancies Branch
Clinical Director, Women's Malignancies Branch
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute