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2013 Ten City Conference Tour

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Conference Chair Lisa A. Newman, MD, MPH, FACS

Director, Breast Cancer Center Division of Surgical Oncology University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

Honorary Conference Chair Edgardo Rivera, MD, FACP

Medical Director Chairman, Department of Oncology Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Gilbert, AZ

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Conference Tour Overview This innovative ten city conference tour was an extension of Sisters Network速 Inc., (SNI) Annual National African American Breast Cancer Conference. The tour was a huge success as supported by a 46% Increase in new participants. The one day conference highlighted triple negative breast cancer and advanced breast cancer. The conference exceeded the outreach goal of 1,000 participants by 14%. The largest contingent of participants were breast cancer survivors. The conference tour will resume in 2015 in ten new cities, to be scheduled.


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Houston Presenters Polly Niravath, MD, is a breast oncologist, and assistant professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She is the director of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program at the Smith Clinic, which is part of Harris Health Systems. She takes a special interest in underserved breast cancer survivors. Dr. Niravath received her medical degree from the University of California in Irvine. She then completed her medicine residency and oncology fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Niravath has a special research interest in breast cancer survivorship, with a major goal to improve on offering comprehensive care to patients, from diagnosis to treatment to long-term survivorship care. Click here to view Dr. Niravath’s presentation.

Angel A. Rodriguez, MD, is the director of the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Clinic in the Breast Oncology Department at Methodist Cancer Center. Dr. Rodriguez trained at the Methodist hospital during his internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at Baylor College of medicine and specialized in breast cancer as part of the Susan G. Komen for the cure interdisciplinary breast fellowship program. Dr. Rodriguez is active in breast oncology research and clinical trials. His fields of interest include triple negative breast cancer, breast cancer stem cells, brain metastasis, and novel predictive biomarkers for personalized medicine. Dr. Rodriguez is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and medical oncology. His memberships include: American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and Texas Medical Association and he serves a medical advisor, for Sisters NetworkŽ Inc. Click here to view Dr. Rodriguez’s presentation. Page 6


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Sisters Network Triangle Presenters Paul Kelly Marcom, MD, is currently the Medical Oncology Breast Program Clinical Director of the Duke Multidisciplinary Breast Program in Durham, North Carolina. He also serves as Director of the Hereditary Cancer Clinic, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center and an Associate Professor of Medicine for Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Marcom completed his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Duke University Medical Center. He has written numerous articles on breast cancer genetics, quality of life issues and innovative therapies for locally advanced breast cancer. Dr. Marcom was also a recipient of the Best Doctors 2011–2012 Award Winners. Click here to view Dr. Marcom’s presentation.

Keith D. Amos, MD, studied medicine at Havard Medical School and completed his residency at Washington University’s Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He completed a 3 year long fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Throughout his clinical training, he has participated in multiple training experiences for basic science research. After completing the Howard Hughes program, he decided to pursue a career in academic surgical oncology. The goal of the project was to study the use of Mammaglobin-A as a tumor-associated antigen in breast cancer for the development of a breast cancer vaccine. Mammaglobin-A is a serine protease that is overexpressed in approximately 80% of breast cancers. After completing fellowship training in July 2007, he accepted a position as a junior faculty member at UNC. Dr. Amos clinical practice was general surgical oncology with specific interests in the areas of surgical treatments for breast cancer, melanoma and endocrine malignancies. Page 8

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Sisters Network Baton Rouge Presenters D. Jay Brooks, Jr., MD, earned his medical degree from LSU. He completed his residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and his fellowship at the National Cancer Institute's Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Research Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. Dr. Brooks has been on staff at Ochsner since 1987. His leadership positions at Ochsner have included Chief of Medicine, Chief of Medical Subspecialties, Chairman of the Research Committee, membership on the Research Advisory Committee, a former member of the Board of Governors of Ochsner Clinic Foundation and the former Chief of Staff of Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge. He also holds an elected position on the Board of Governors of Ochsner Clinic Foundation. Dr. Brooks has written many articles for scientific medical publications and has written chapters for several oncology textbooks.

Deborah Abernathy, MD, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology. Dr Abernathy earned her undergraduate degree in Zoology from Louisiana State University (1975). She then earned her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine (1978). She completed her residency (1979-1983) and fellowship (1983-1986) at Tulane University School of Medicine and then later received an academic appointment as an assistant professor of medicine (1986-1990) at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr Abernathy presently works in a private practice along with three other physicians. She is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. She also participates in both NCI and industry sponsored clinical trials.

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Sisters Network Baltimore Presenters Dr. Miles G. Harrison, MD, FACS, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Harrison set up a private practice in General Surgery for 15 years. In March of 1996, Dr. Harrison joined the Sinai Faculty Practice, Sinai Surgical Associates, a teaching affiliate of the Johns Hopkins Surgical Residency Program. Dr. Harrison was appointed Division Head of General Surgery at Maryland General Hospital on July 1, 2006. Dr. Harrison is board certified and re-certified in General Surgery. He is a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. In 1988, Dr. Harrison organized and founded the non-profit breast cancer support group, Sisters Surviving, chartered by the state in 1993. Dr. Harrison’s subspecialty is in breast disease and he is a designated surgeon for the Lapidus Cancer Center for Lifebridge Health. Click here to view Dr. Harrison’s presentation!

Dr. Dawn Leonard , MD, FACS, Dr. Dawn Leonard is a board certified general surgeon and a fellowship-trained surgeon specializing in breast surgical oncology. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Leonard completed her medical school and general surgery training at Howard University Hospital. She joined the Frederick Maryland community in 2006 as the first medical director of Coordinated Breast Services for Frederick Memorial Hospital and is the founder of Leonard Surgical Care Associates, LLC, a surgical practice dedicated to the treatment of benign and malignant breast disease. In 2009, she joined the LifeBridge Health medical system as the first medical director of the new Herman and Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Northwest Hospital leading them tonational accreditation. Click here to view Dr. Leonard’s presentation.

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Sisters Network Detroit Metropolitan Presenters Dr. Newman, M.D., MPH, FACS, FASCO, is a surgical oncologist, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Breast Care Center for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she also serves as Program Director for the Breast Fellowship. Dr. Newman holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard University. She attended medical school and completed her general surgery residency training at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. She completed her fellowship in surgical oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Prior to assuming her current position at the University of Michigan, Dr. Newman served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, with a full-time commitment to research and clinical practice in the Surgical Breast Section, and she continues to hold a position as Adjunct Professor of Surgery with M.D. Anderson. Click here to view Dr. Newman’s presentation!.

Dr. Thomas M. Flake, Jr., M.D., FACS, is a general surgeon specializing in diseases of the breast. He obtained his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine, where he also received his general surgical training. He has been in the private practice of general surgery in the Detroit area for almost 29 years, is a Clinical Associate Professor of surgery, and has remained active in the training of medical students are residents throughout his career. In recent years, he has narrowed the scope of his practice to concentrate on the care of breast disease by attaining accreditation and certification in breast ultrasound. He is an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, serving as a member of the legislative committee and participant in the Mastery of Breast Surgery Quality Program. Click here to view Dr. Flake’s presentation. .

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Sisters Network Central Virginia Presenters Mary Helen Hackney, MD, joined the faculty at VCU Massey Cancer Center in 1994, after completing her Hematology Oncology Fellowship. Dr. Hackney is the director of the Rural Cancer Outreach Program which sends teams of medical professionals to underserved areas of Virginia. While she has tried to cut back on travel, she continues in an administrative position and as back up for other physicians. She is very involved in breast health education, and speaks frequently to both lay audiences and nononcology physicians about breast cancer care, prevention and survivorship issues. She helps coordinate courses in breast health and general oncology for internal medicine residents and fourth year medical students and frequently lectures for other groups of students and residents. Click here to view Dr. Hackney’s s presentation.

William J, Irvin, MD, joined Bon Secours Cancer Institute from faculty at the University of North Carolina where he developed a specialty in breast cancer. At North Carolina, he led a nationally recognized clinical trial on pharmacogenetic dosing of tamoxifen. His research interests include overcoming endocrine resistance in breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer, and breast cancer in young women. He received his medical degree and completed his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. From there, Dr. Irvin completed a Hematology and Oncology fellowship at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Irvin is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is also board certified in Medical Oncology and Hematology. Click here to view Dr. Irvin’s s presentation!

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Sisters Network Tampa Bay Presenters Sylvia D Campbell, MD, PA, Dr Campbell earned her Doctorate of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of South Florida. Dr Campbell has been in private surgical practice serving the Tampa Bay area for over 30 years. She is committed to giving back to others, both in the local community as well as the world and this belief directs her vision of medicine. Dr Campbell contributes her time and service to the local community as an active volunteer and President of the Board of the Judeo Christian Clinic, a free medical clinic in Tampa. She has also served on mission trips to Haiti and Uganda since 1996, and has been involved in helping children travel to the US for life saving care. Dr Campbell also serves as President of the Board of Directors of Village Partners International, a 501C non for profit organization which provides care and life skills to the village of Papoli in Uganda, medical care in Haiti and. Click here to view Dr. Campbell’s presentation.

Heather Han, MD received her medical degree with honors from Seoul National University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Han is currently an Assistant Member and Professor in the Department of Women’s Oncology, Don and Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. She is a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer and dedicated to helping find a cure for the millions of women whose lives have been affected by a diagnosis of breast cancer. Dr. Han’s research interest is determining impacts on disparities in chemotherapy toxicity outcomes among breast cancer patients of different ethnicities, including medically underrepresented populations. Click here to view Dr. Han’s s presentation!

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Atlanta Presenters John McKnight, MD, MBA is a Radiation Oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Atlanta, GA. Dr. McKnight is dedicated to providing cancer care that is compassionate, up-to-date, and patient- and family-focused. He believes in care of the "whole person," not just managing the disease.. Dr. McKnight has many years of experience in treating a broad range of cancers. He has established a reputation in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and lung cancer. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. McKnight is dedicated to staying well-informed about the ever changing healthcare environment. Dr. McKnight is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he holds an MBA with a focus in medical management from Johns Hopkins University. Click here to view Dr. McKnight’s

Anita Johnson, MD is the Medical Director of Breast Surgical Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Atlanta, GA. At CTCA, Dr. Johnson performs oncoplastic surgery. She also performs breast ultrasounds, needle core biopsies, infusaport placements, genetic testing and counseling, and works with radiation oncologists to treat breast cancer using intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT). Dr. Johnson earned a medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was an Ambassador for the American Cancer Society. She also belongs to The American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology. Click here to view Dr. Johnson’s presentation!

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Sisters Network Essex County Presenters Ogori N. Kalu, MD, MS is a breast surgeon and currently the Director of Breast Surgery at New Jersey Medical School-University Hospital Newark. She completed her Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship from Stanford University Medical Center in California subsequent to a surgical residency at State University of New York – Downstate in Brooklyn. Current research projects include triple negative breast cancer and outcomes related to breast cancer in minority communities. She is dedicated to educating and encouraging the community on the importance of generalized good health and well being. She is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Click here to view Dr. Kalu’s presentation!

Kevin Clarke, MD, FACS, is the Director of Surgical Oncology at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Prior to this position, he was the Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director for the Surgical Residency Program at University of Medicine and Dentistry – New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Clarke is Board Certified in General Surgery. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, in Farmington, CT; his BA in Biology from Binghamton University, in Binghamton, NY. He did his residency in General Surgery at UMDNJ-University Hospital, in Newark, NJ. He did his fellowship in Surgical Oncology at City of Hope National Cancer Center, in Duarte, CA. He serves on several professional committees most recently he serves on the Credentials Committee at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and is the Cancer Liaison Physician for the Committee on Cancer. He is also the recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching Award – 2004. Dr. Clarke loves playing golf and participates in international surgical missions on a yearly basis. He has been to Ghana, Guatemala and the Philippines to name a few Page 22 of the countries.

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Sisters Network Memphis Presenters Jarvis D. Reed,, MD, completed Medical School, his Internship and Residency, as well as his Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Reed is licensed in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. He is a Health Grades Recognized Doctor and President of the Bluff City Medical Society. Dr. Reed is a dedicated supporter of the Memphis Affiliate Chapter of Sisters Network, Inc. and has been a member of the Medical Advisory Board since the chapter was first organized.

Michael P. Berry, MD, FACS, is a nationally respected Breast Surgical Oncologist who founded The Breast Clinic of Memphis nearly a decade ago. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Berry is Board Certified by the American Board. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology. He is a member of the American College of Surgery Oncology Group, member and committee member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and member of the American Society of Breast Diseases.

Sonia M. Benn, MD, was welcomed by the West Clinic, as a hematology oncology specialist in 2006. Dr. Benn earned her medical degree from the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine and subsequently completed her Internship in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital. Dr. Benn is honored to be a part of The West Clinic team and is passionate about providing care to her patients that transcends the clinical to include the whole person. Dr. Benn treats plays a vital role in the healthcare community. Page 24

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Local Sponsors of Sisters Network Baltimore Maurice Walker, Director, University of Maryland, Policy & Planning, Community Programs & Initiatives Ashley Brown, Manager, Bath & Body Works-Security Karen Speights- Diggs. Exec. Committee Advisory Member

KMH Radiology速

Local Sponsors of Sisters Network Detroit Metropolitan

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Local Sponsors of Sisters Network Baton Rouge

Local Sponsors of Atlanta

Local Sponsors of Sisters Network

Central Virginia

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Local Sponsors of Sisters Network Essex County

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DJ Looneytones

NJ Hair Studio & Spa


Empowered I.N.C. LLC

Local Talk Community Foundation


Dr. Chicka and Loretta Onyeani

Marie C. Sangosse, M.D., P.A.

Brian and J. Todd Phillips

Shavar Jefferies

Ms. Poteat

Elmwood United Presbyterian Church Health Ministry, East Orange B.F. Johnson Community Center (Metropolitan Baptist Church) Friends at Consolidated Edison Company of NY, Inc.

Local Sponsors of Sisters Network Tampa Bay HBCU SPIRIT, LLC

GEM Dry Cleaners

Kids Therapy Unlimited, Inc.

Davis Outreach Ministry

I’m A Survivor Inc.

Reginald and Sonia Franklin

Rev. Eddie and Lady Tammie Gilbert His Hands Community Bible Fellowship National Associations of Black Accountants

Thank you to all of our 2013 Conference Tour Sponsors! Page 29

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