Speakers and Guest Panelists

Keynote Presenters

Update 4/3/19: Due to a personal obligation, Lisa A. Carey, MD, is unable to participate at our conference. Angela DeMichele, MD, MSCE, from the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania will be our keynote speaker on Saturday morning.

Angela DeMichele, MD, MSCE
Jill & Alan Miller Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Excellence 
Co-Leader, Breast Cancer Program, Abramson Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology 
University of Pennsylvania



Dr. DeMichele is a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania focusing on breast cancer oncology and molecular epidemiology. Through her research, she seeks to identify markers of outcome and response to therapy, as well as develop targeted therapeutics.

Dr. DeMichele is a senior scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the co-director of the breast cancer program at the Abramson Cancer Center. She is a member of LBBC’s Medical Advisory Board and frequently speaks for us and reviews our publications.

Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD
Fellowship in Grief Counseling
Oncology Psychotherapist, Private Practice

For nearly 25 years, Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD, has dedicated her practice to minimizing suffering through her work in oncology, palliative care and hospice. She is an experienced therapist and a gifted speaker.

Ms. Grosklags frequently speaks about end-of-life care and grief and loss issues at hospitals, clinical conferences, churches, funeral homes and schools. Her passionate and supportive demeanor helps people with cancer, caregivers and health professionals connect with the wisdom of dying a good death, making life more meaningful, coping with depression and anxiety, transforming fear into hope, and healing versus curing.

She is a board certified diplomat in clinical social work and earned a fellowship in grief counseling from the American Academy of Health Care Professionals. She sits on the board of directors for Angel Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports families living with cancer.

Ms. Grosklags is author of the book A Comforted Heart, published November 2017. Her private psychotherapy practice is located in Minneapolis.

Associate Professor, Palliative Medicine
Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Beth Popp, MD, FACP, is associate professor in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She has dedicated her career to improving care and quality of life for cancer patients.

Dr. Popp has served as a clinician educator and provided leadership to develop hospital-based inpatient and ambulatory palliative care services at three medical centers in the New York area over a career that spans more than two decades. She has been on the faculties of the Medical School of SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York Medical College, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in addition to Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She served as the senior associate program director for the hematology/oncology training program at Maimonides Medical Center for 15 years, from 2002 to 2017. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the NYU School of Nursing.

Dr. Popp has served as the physician leader, guiding the development of several teaching hospital programs which provide hospital consultation services and ambulatory services to a range of patients at all stages of serious illnesses. Her clinical work has focused on management of pain and other symptoms in patients with cancer, communication skills for clinicians, customizing treatment plans to incorporate the unique values of patients (especially immigrants and patients from minority religious and cultures), biomedical ethics issues in palliative care, and palliative care needs of the developmentally disabled adult.

Dr. Popp participates in public awareness activities about palliative care on behalf of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and GetPalliativeCare.org, CAPC’s online resource for patients and families. The website focuses solely on providing information on palliative care from the point of diagnosis.

Dr. Popp resides in Brooklyn with her husband and four sons.

Breakout Session Presenters

Heather Bell-Temin, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, FAND
Oncology Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson

Linda Carey
Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2006

Kristy Case, LCSW, OSW-C
Oncology Social Worker
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center
Morristown Medical Center

Laura Cohen Romano, MSW
Director, Spiritual Care and Mindfulness
Einstein Healthcare Network

Janice Cowden
Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2016

Joanna L. Fawzy Morales, Esq.
CEO, Triage Cancer

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

Rebecca J. Jaslow, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology
Thomas Jefferson University

Lee W. Jones, PhD
Director, Exercise Oncology Service
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Margaret Kudirka
Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2014

Sheila Marie Johnson
Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2009

Stephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC
Art Therapist
Creative Transformations

Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Founder and Consultant
Collaborative Caring

Jacqui Rosenberger, LMT
Herban Spa Massage Therapy

Catherine H. Van Poznak, MD, FASCO
Medical Oncologist
University of Michigan

Neil Vasan, MD, PhD
Medical Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Yuan Yuan, MD, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Medical Oncology
City of Hope National Medical Center