Plenary Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Otis Brawley, MD, MACP, FASCO, FACE
Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, American Cancer Society

Cancer Control in the 21st Century

Otis W. Brawley, MD, MACP, FASCO, FACE, is chief medical and scientific officer for the American Cancer Society.  He also serves as professor of hematology, oncology, medicine and epidemiology at Emory University.  Dr. Brawley is a medical oncologist and epidemiologist, well known for his work in cancer prevention and control, especially cancer screening. Dr. Brawley is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case-Western Reserve University and a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. He is board certified in Internal medicine and medical oncology, a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, a Master of the American College of Physicians, and member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Plenary Speaker

Mandi Pratt-Chapman MA
Associate Center Director, Patient-Centered Initiatives and Health Equity, George Washington University Cancer Institute

Caring for diverse populations: What you should know about your LGBTQI patients

Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA is Associate Center Director, Patient-Centered Initiatives and Health Equity for the GW Cancer Center. Her personal mission is to make evidence-based cancer control strategies available to more people as quickly as possible. Her research focuses on patient navigation, cancer survivorship and health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities.

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Rebecca K.S. Wong MBChB, FRCPC, MSc,
Professor, Vice Chair Education, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto
Director Education, Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, University Health Network

Building Clinical Capacity through Education – Towards an unified approach for individualized solutions

Professor Rebecca Wong is a Radiation Oncologist Princess Margaret Cancer Center, University of Toronto. She completed her medical training in the UK (Sheffield University), followed by Radiation Oncology and Clinical Epidemiology training at Queens and McMaster Universities. She is the Director of Education for Princess Margaret - Radiation Medicine Program, and the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Radiation Oncology University of Toronto. She has been active in the design and implementation of clinical trials, serving as the Chair of the Symptom Control Committee, Canadian Cancer Trials group, and has lead on several international trials in gastrointestinal malignancies and palliative radiotherapy. She has been active in knowledge translation and evidence based guideline development through the Cochrane Collaboration and Cancer Care Ontario Program in Evidence Based Care. Her research in education is focused on global capacity building in radiation oncology through training and education. She is the author of over 130 peer reviewed articles.

Plenary Speaker

Chanita Hughes Halbert PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; AT&T Endowed Chair for Cancer Equity, Hollings Cancer Center; Associate Dean for Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement, College of Medicine; SmartState Center for Cancer Disparities, Medical University of South Carolina

Social Determinants and Changes in Self-Regulation among African Americans

The goal of Dr. Hughes-Halbert’s research program is to identify sociocultural, psychological, genetic, and environmental determinants of cancer health disparities and to translate this information into sustainable interventions in clinic and community-based settings to improve cancer outcomes in racially and ethnically diverse populations. Dr. Hughes-Halbert is a nationally recognized expert in cancer prevention and control among diverse populations and her research is supported by numerous grants from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Previously, she was a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors at the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute Advisory Council. Dr. Hughes-Halbert is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Plenary Speaker

Samuel C. Harvey Lecturer
John M. Daly MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon), FRCSG (Hon)
Dean Emeritus & Donahoo Professor of Surgery, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University School of Medicine

Cancer Education: A View from Both Sides of the Table

Dr. John M. Daly earned his bachelor’s degree in biology cum laude from La Salle University and graduated AOA from Temple University’s School of Medicine. He received his surgical training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the MD Anderson Cancer Center where he later joined the faculty. Upon leaving Houston, Dr. Daly joined the faculty at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from 1980 to 1986. He then moved to Philadelphia and became the Jonathan E Rhoads Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1993, he was recruited to be the Stimson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Weill-Cornell Medical College and Chief of Surgery at New York Hospital. Dr. Daly returned to his native Philadelphia as Dean of the School of Medicine at Temple University from 2002 to 2011. Upon stepping down as Dean, he returned to the practice of surgical oncology as the Donahoo Professor of Surgery and Dean Emeritus.

Dr. Daly is an internationally renowned surgeon whose clinical work and research are in the fields of surgical oncology, metabolism, and nutrition. He has been a leader of several medical associations, including the American College of Surgeons (Vice-President), the American Surgical Association (Vice President), the Society of Surgical Oncology (President), the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (President), the New York Surgical Society (President) and the American Cancer Society (President, Philadelphia Chapter). He has been listed multiple times among the “Best Doctors in New York and Philadelphia” and “318 Top Cancer Specialists for Women”. Dr. Daly has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and 100 book chapters and has served as editor for several books and on the editorial boards of dozens of medical publications. He has received honorary fellowships in the Royal Colleges of both Glascow and Ireland and has received numerous teaching awards for both students and residents. His greatest achievement, however, is his family.

Plenary Speaker

EACE Speaker
Darren L. Starmer BN, MEdStds (Hons), FEACE
Head of Assessment, School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Australia

Exposure to Cancer Patients During Clinical Placement: Are We Adequately Preparing Tomorrow's Doctors?

Darren Starmer is the Head of Assessment for the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame’s Fremantle campus in Western Australia. He has been actively involved in cancer education for 20 years and was Chair of the Cancer Council Australia’s Oncology Education Committee from 2008 to 2016, President of the European Association for Cancer Education from 2014 to 2016, and has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Cancer Education since 2008. Darren’s research interests include cancer education for medical students, and he has published several peer-reviewed papers and presented his work in this area internationally. In addition to cancer education, he is passionate about assessment development, particularly in writing high quality selected response items, peer review of assessment, and the use of technology in assessment delivery.