Dr. Karen Smith is an Assistant Professor of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a member of the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Women’s Malignancies Program. Her clinical practice is based at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D.C. and focuses on breast cancer care with an emphasis on young women. Her primary research areas of interest include patient-reported outcomes, reducing the toxicities of cancer therapies, improving care delivery and reproductive health issues in breast cancer patients. Dr. Smith is the Director of Breast Medical Oncology at Sibley Memorial Hospital and Co-Director of the Young Women with Breast Cancer Program at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.
She received a B.A. in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and then attended medical school at Rush Medical College. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and then received a M.P.H. at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health followed by fellowship in in medical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: WEIGHT, NUTRITION, AND EXERCISE IN YOUNG WOMEN AFTER BREAST CANCER
Dr. Jenni Sheng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include internal medicine and oncology. Caring for men and women with cancer, she addresses living with, through and beyond cancer. As she primarily treat patients with breast cancer, she discusses the best treatment options, manages symptoms from the cancer and treatment-related side effects and focuses on psychosocial aspects of care. In keeping with comprehensive survivorship care, she plans surveillance and screening and encourages health promotion (diet, exercise and interpersonal relationships) and care coordination.
MEDICAL ONCOLOGY RESEARCH UPDATES: ADVANCES IN THE TREATMENT OF METASTATIC BREAST CANCER
Dr. Vered Stearns is a Board Certified Medical Oncologist in Baltimore, Maryland and serves as Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Centers Breast Cancer Program. Dr. Stearns received her M.D., from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (1992) and went on to complete residency in Internal Medicine (1995) and a fellowship in Medical Oncology (1997) at MedStar Georgetown University Medical Centre. It was during her fellowship at Georgetown University where she first began focusing on breast cancer.
In addition to being an extraordinary clinician, Dr. Stearns co-leads the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, is the associate director for oncology for the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network, and associate medical director for Johns Hopkins Singapore. As a translational scientist, Dr. Stearns aims to further an individualized approach to the prevention, treatment and care for people with or at risk of breast cancer. Currently, she focuses on the utilization of biomarkers to predict response to standard regimens used to treat and prevent breast cancer and to introduce new approaches.
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Dr. Suzanne Rutherford, MD, CCFP, and Jake Wright B.Sc.
Dr. Suzanne Rutherford is a practicing physician in family, hospital and palliative medicine. She has a special interest in lifestyle and weight loss coaching that started during her undergraduate years when she majored in human biology and nutritional sciences.
After two pregnancies and a busy post-graduate residency program, she found herself 30lbs overweight and feeling tired and discouraged. She knew that by finding time to prioritize her own physical and mental health, she would become a more fulfilled mother, wife, and physician…and that is where her fitness and nutrition journey began.
Jake Wright has a BSc in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, along with advanced certifications in nutrition, joint mobility, and strength and conditioning that compliments his 15-years of experience in personal, on-line, and group fitness training.
More recently, Suzanne and Jake have developed a flexible online training community approach to health and wellness that helps busy professionals break out of their fitness rut and excel in all areas of life.
SEXUAL HEALTH AFTER BREAST CANCER: INTIMACY, INTERCOURSE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
Dr. Don S Dizon, MD, FACO, FASCO
Director of the Breast and Pelvic Malignancies Program at Lifespan Cancer Institute, Head of Community Outreach and Engagement at The Cancer Center at Brown University, and Director of Medical Oncology at Rhode Island Hospital
Don Dizon is the Director of the Breast and Pelvic Malignancies Program at Lifespan Cancer Institute, Head of Community Outreach and Engagement at The Cancer Center at Brown University, and Director of Medical Oncology at Rhode Island Hospital. He was trained in medical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) where he was also on the faculty in the Developmental Therapeutics section and Gynecologic Oncology Disease Management Team at MSKCC until 2003. Between 2003 and 2009 he was the director of medical oncology at the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. In July 2012, he transferred his clinical practice to Mass General, where he founded and directed the Oncology Sexual Health Clinic at the MGH Cancer Center. Between 2014 and 2017 he was the Clinical Co-Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the MGH Cancer Center. Among his editorial roles, he is section editor in Gynecologic Oncology at UpToDate, Associate Editor at The Oncologist and serves on multiple editorial boards. He maintains online columns for ASCO and for the journal, The Oncologist and is the chair of the Digital Engagement Committee for SWOG, a member of the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO). Dr. Dizon is on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok as @drdonsdizon.
Jane McLelland is a trained physiotherapist, and a four-time cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with stage IV cervical cancer 20 years ago and she beamed her cancer with her wisdom and science. She has mapped the landscape of cancer metabolism in a new way that everyone can understand. Jane discovered a unique approach that combines diet, exercise, nutritional supplements and off label old low-toxicity drugs, that when taken together, as a Metabolic Cocktail, act synergistically to kill even the toughest cancer.
Jane is regarded as “A modern-day Cancer Sherlock Holmes”. Her most famous contribution is the McLelland Metro Map™ of cancer metabolism. She has painted the complicated cancer metabolism pathways with simplicity and clarity.Jane has helped countless patients over the years; this was recognized in 2019 when she was awarded Amazing Women Global Lifetime Achievement Award for her work and her book How to Starve Cancer has become an international bestseller with translation rights sold to fifteen countries. Her book has won the NYC Big Book Award and the Janey Loves Gold Award for outstanding book in the health arena. With her approach being adopted by doctors and researchers all over the world, Jane has caused a global revolution, with tens of thousands of grateful patients.