Conference Program


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The Conference Program is now available! Join us to participate in these great sessions!

We are excited to announce our keynote speakers for the 11th Annual Conference!

Philip A. Pizzo, M.D.
Former Dean and Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine
Philip A. Pizzo, MD, became dean of the Stanford School of Medicine in April 2001. Before joining Stanford, he was the physician-in-chief of Children’s Hospital in Boston and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Pizzo is recognized for his contributions as a clinical investigator, especially in the treatment of children with cancer and HIV. read more...

Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D.

Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Florida International University, Herbert Wetheim College of Medicine
Dr. Runowicz is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in women's health and gynecologic cancer. Her research has focused on the development, initiation and conduct of clinical trials in gynecologic cancer and in cancer prevention. She has authored more than 200 scientific articles. read more...

Martine Extermann MD, PhD
Professor of Oncology and Medicine at the University of South Florida
Senior Member in the Senior Adult Oncology Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center
Dr. Extermann earned her medical diploma and her medical PhD at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She has a Swiss Board Certification in Internal Medicine, specialty Oncology-Hematology. She also holds ABIM certifications in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Read more...

David Spiegel MD
Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.
David Spiegel MD will give the Holland Distinguished Leadership Award lecture. Dr. Spiegal is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists, Past President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Read more... 


Opening Plenary - A new approach
Hear the behind-the-scenes story of how the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) came to adopt the distress screening standard! Join us as New York Times columnist and cancer nurse, Theresa Brown, interviews Stewart Fleishman and Lynne Wagner about their roles with the CoC. You'll hear the who, what, why and how directly from Stewart and Lynne.

What was their greatest challenge? What pitfalls did they face? You will hear their stories as Theresa conducts this interview.