Deborah W. Bruner
Deborah W. Bruner, Ph.D., R.N., is Senior Vice President for Research at Emory University, Professor and Robert W. Woodruff Chair in Nursing, Professor of Radiation Oncology, and a member of the Winship Cancer Institute. She is an internationally renowned researcher and clinical trialist with a focus on patient reported outcomes, symptom management, and comparative effectiveness of radiotherapy modalities. Recognition of her work led to her appointment by President Obama to one of only two National Institutes of Health Presidential appointed committees, the NCI National Cancer Advisory Board, on which she still serves. Dr. Bruner is the first and only nurse to ever lead a national clinical trials cooperative group, first as the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP), and currently as multi-PI of the NRG Oncology group National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has won numerous awards for research and mentorship. Dr. Bruner received her PhD in nursing, with a focus on outcomes research, at the University of Pennsylvania.
Grace B. Campbell
Grace B. Campbell, Ph.D., MSW, R.N., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Acute and Tertiary Care at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing. Her research involves assessing the impact of chronic disorders on physical function and developing behavioral interventions to improve physical function, as well as using novel technologies to measure physical function in naturalistic settings. She is currently conducting a longitudinal study exploring the development and progression of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy and its related functional impairments in women with ovarian cancer funded by the Oncology Nursing Society, and scale-up implementation study of use of an m-Health behavioral intervention to improve function and social participation among women with gynecologic cancer and their family caregivers funded by the National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. She is a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Oncology Nursing Society, and Eastern Nursing Research Society, serves as a Subject Matter Expert for Cancer Rehabilitation on the NIH Clinical Center's Cancer Rehabilitation Expert Consortium, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Rehabilitation Nursing Journal. She also is a member of the Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness. She received her MSW and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.
Susan M. Domchek
Susan M. Domchek, M.D., is the Basser Professor in Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as Executive Director of the Basser Center for BRCA at the Abramson Cancer Center and Director of the Mariann and Robert MacDonald Cancer Risk Evaluation Program. Her work focuses on the genetic evaluation and medical management of individuals with inherited risk factors for cancer. Dr. Domchek is particularly interested in developing new cancer therapies, such as PARP inhibitors, for breast cancer due to genetic risk factors. She has been principal investigator on multiple trials investigating new therapeutic agents for cancer. An elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, Dr. Domchek is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology for which she had served on a number of committees, and is a newly elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (2018). A significant contributor to the oncology literature, she has authored/co-authored more than 300 articles appearing in scholarly journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Domchek also serves on a number of editorial review boards, including Cancer Discovery, as well as on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School. In the last two years, Dr. Domchek has received honoraria from Bristol Meyers Squibb, Clovis, and AstraZeneca. The University of Pennsylvania has received research funds from AstraZeneca and Clovis for research studies run by Dr. Domchek.
Patricia A. Ganz
Patricia A. Ganz, M.D., is the Associate Director for Population Science Research at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a pioneer in the assessment of quality of life in cancer patients and survivors, and is active in clinical trials research with NRG Oncology, a federally funded clinical trials group. She has focused much of her clinical and research efforts in the areas of breast cancer and its prevention, and was a member of the NCI Progress Review Group on Breast Cancer. She established the UCLA Family Cancer Registry and Genetic Evaluation Program, which serves patients and survivors, as well as those at high risk for familial/hereditary cancers. Her other major areas of research include cancer survivorship and late effects of cancer treatment, cancer in the elderly, and quality of care for cancer patients. Dr. Ganz served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee responsible for the 2005 report "From Cancer Patient to Survivor: Lost in Transition," and on the 2008 IOM Committee for the report "Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs", and chaired the consensus study report on "Delivering High-quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis" in 2013. She served on the IOM National Cancer Policy Forum from 2009-16. In 2017 she became Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Cancer Survivorship. She was a founding member of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) in 1986, and has directed the UCLA-LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence at the JCCC since 2006. Dr. Ganz was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2007. She received her MD from UCLA. Dr. Ganz is the co-investigator on two NRG Oncology clinical trials (as supervisor of the patient reported outcomes component) that have partial funding from Merck and Genentech to provide support for drugs and analyses being conducted by NRG Oncology.
Rosa Hwang, M.D., is a Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) with joint appointments in the Departments of Breast Surgical Oncology and Surgical Oncology. She is currently also the Associate Medical Director for Surgery at the Nellie B. Connally Breast Center at MD Anderson. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland, she completed general surgery residency at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, followed by a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at MDACC. During her Surgical Oncology fellowship, she also completed a research fellowship in the Department of Cancer Biology, with Dr. Isaiah (Josh) Fidler. Her first faculty appointment was in the Department of Surgery at the Univ. of California-San Diego but she returned to MDACC in 2004 to join the faculty in Surgical Oncology. Dr. Hwang is a surgeon scientist with a clinical focus on breast cancer as well as a research laboratory program focused on pancreatic cancer as well as triple negative breast cancer. Her laboratory interest is on the tumor-associated stroma and its contributions to cancer progression, metastasis and resistance to chemotherapy and immunotherapy. She has served as a grant reviewer for numerous federal and private funding sources including the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense and the American Medical Association Foundation. Her clinical research interests are focused on optimizing surgical therapy for breast cancer including the development of predictive tools for nodal involvement, minimally invasive approaches for breast cancer treatment, and the role of oncoplastic surgery for breast cancer patients.
Nancy Keating, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and a practicing general internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her research examines provider, patient, and health system factors that influence the delivery of high-quality care for individuals with cancer. She currently serves as clinical lead on the CMS Oncology Care Model Evaluation Team. She is an associate editor at the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology, and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Center Senior Oncology Guideline Panel. She completed 3-year terms on the Council of the Society of General Internal Medicine and the American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. Dr. Keating was a member of the National Academies’ Committee on the Review of Clinical Guidance for the Care of Health Conditions Identified by the Camp Lejeune Legislation. She received her M.D. from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and her M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Larissa Nekhlyudov, M.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a practicing internist at the Brigham& Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and Clinical Director, Internal Medicine for Cancer Survivors at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where she offers clinical consultations for long-term survivors of childhood and adult cancers. She is particularly interested in improving the care of cancer survivors and the interplay between primary and oncology care. Over the past decade, she has been at the forefront of the field of cancer survivorship, including the development of survivorship care policies and clinical guidelines, educational programs and research. She is an active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. She has previously served on several National Academies' activities including the Committee on the Quality of Cancer Care: Addressing the Challenges of an Aging Population and Planning Committee for Long-Term Survivorship Care after Cancer Treatment: A Workshop. She received her M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital/Yale Primary Care Residency Program.
Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACSM, is a Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine. She is clinical trialist who has led many exercise trials. Dr. Schmitz has also translated her work into clinical practice. Dr. Schmitz has published over 250 peer reviewed scientific papers and has had $25 million dollars in funding for her research since 2001. She was the lead author of the first ACSM Roundtable on Exercise for Cancer Survivors, which published guidance for exercise testing and prescription for cancer survivors in July 2010. In June 2017, she became president-elect of the American College of Sports Medicine. She assumed the presidency in June 2018 and as of June 2019, she became ACSM’s Immediate Past President. In March 2018 Dr. Schmitz chaired an International Multidisciplinary ACSM Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer Prevention and Control. The physicians, outpatient rehabilitation specialists, researchers, and exercise professionals in the room broadly agreed it is time for exercise oncology to go prime time. The question is how. Dr. Schmitz’ professional mission is to answer that question.
Dianne Von Ah
Diane Von Ah, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN is the Associate Dean of Academic Operations and Professor at Indiana University, and Full Member of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Her program of research focuses on advancing the state of the science in the area of cancer survivorship including symptom management and quality of life and combines clinical, behavioral, and basic sciences to address cancer symptom management, focusing primarily on cognitive impairment in breast cancer patients. Most recently she is funded to conduct a double blind RCT to examine the efficacy of cognitive training on cognitive performance in breast cancer survivors. Her work has been acknowledged by numerous awards including induction as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She received her PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her post-doctoral fellowship at Indiana University.