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September 27, 2013

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EXPERT ALERTS

    --  Online Reviews - Is Anyone Really Who They Claim to Be?
    --  Seniors Hit by Steep IRS Penalties for Innocent Oversights Made With
        IRAs
    --  Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    --  Who Has to Pay Attorney Fees in Divorce?

EXPERT ROUNDUP

    --  Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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EXPERT ALERTS:

Online Reviews – Is Anyone Really Who They Claim to Be?

Daniel W. Draz, M.S.,CFE

Principal

Fraud Solutions

Recently, New York Attorney General Schneiderman announced an agreement with 19 companies to stop writing fake online reviews and pay more than $350,000 in fines resulting from ‘Operation Clean Turf,’ a year-long undercover investigation into reputation management industry, astroturfing and false endorsements. Says Draz: “Using the 80-20 fraud rule, with 20 percent being known and 80 percent being unknown, the reality is that this business practice is far more prevalent and widespread than even this settlement implies and goes to the heart of Web-based business, e-commerce, social media apps and online profiles where anyone can easily pretend to be anyone, or anything, online. As the ad says, ‘Where’d you hear that?’ ‘On the Internet!’ While most online terms of service agreements specifically prevent the creation of false profiles, the reality is that many people (and companies) still do it and the practice is widespread today. Combine fake online and social media profiles with review writing and the ability to hype various products, services, companies or stocks and you have a significant false advertising network to deceive consumers — all of which falls under the general fraud or business statutes for every state in the country concerning misrepresentation or deceptive business practices, in addition to the obvious issue of conducting business unethically.”

Draz is the principal of Fraud Solutions, a global fraud consulting firm located outside Chicago. He is a recognized leader in the fraud profession, providing innovative enterprise anti-fraud risk management strategies, insightful observations, fraud training and thought leadership to clients. He has extensive corporate fraud management (prevention, detection, investigation, risk, ethics, audit, compliance and legal) experience across a number of different industry verticals and works with companies to improve their enterprise fraud risk management efforts and reduce major fraud losses. Additionally, he is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), has a master’s in economic crime management, and is an adjunct professor at four colleges, where he teaches a variety of fraud, white-collar crime and financial crime classes for industry professionals.

Website: http://www.fraudsolutions.com

Expert Contact: Daniel W. Draz, dan@fraudsolutions.com

Seniors Hit by Steep IRS Penalties for Innocent Oversights Made With IRAs

Ronald Fatoullah, Esq.

New York Elder Law Attorney

Ronald Fatoullah & Associates

“Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as they increase their enforcement of Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contribution or withdrawal errors, to reassess the steep penalties that taxpayers face for innocent mistakes. Because of the IRS’s new crackdown policy, many senior citizens, who are unaware of errors they are committing when it comes to managing their IRAs, could be facing steep financial penalties that they can’t afford.”

Fatoullah, Esq., founder of Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, has been advising New Yorkers about the legal and financial challenges of aging for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the NYS Bar Association, selected as a “SuperLawyer”, voted one of New York’s “Best Lawyers” in the fields of elder law and trusts and estates for seven consecutive years, and most recently honored by the NYS Bar Association for his advocacy, persistence and drafting of the New York Adult Protective Guardianship Act. He has offices in Manhattan, Queens, Long Island and Brooklyn.

Website: http://www.fatoullahlaw.com

Media Contact: Carol Schell, cschell@fatoullahlaw.com

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dr. Michael Coppola

Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs/Chief Compliance Officer

NovaSom, Inc.

“Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is estimated to affect 43 million Americans, yet 85 percent are unaware they have it. Because sleep apnea can have dangerous effects and can be controlled by a variety of different treatment options, I’ve made it my goal to have anyone who suspects themselves or their partner/spouse of having sleep apnea, to get tested. Home sleep testing is one way that we can make diagnosis easier and more affordable, dramatically reducing time to therapy.”

An expert on all things sleep-related, Dr. Coppola is available for stories related to sleep, sleep apnea, etc. He is currently the executive vice president of medical affairs at NovaSom, creators of AccuSom, an FDA-cleared home sleep test which allows consumers to test for sleep apnea in the comfort of their own beds. He is able to provide statistics related to OSA and a variety of demographics as well as the co-morbidities associated with the condition (stroke, heart attacks, weight gain, etc.). He is the past president and chief medical officer of the American Sleep Apnea Association, a patient advocacy group, and is board certified in internal medicine, critical care and sleep medicine. He recently became an associate clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Website: http://www.novasom.com

Video: http://tinyurl.com/lawx23k

Media Contact: Alyson Kuritz, alyson@0to5.com

Who Has to Pay Attorney Fees in Divorce?

Brad LaMorgese

Family Law Attorney

McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P.

“Among the many laws that went into effect on Sept. 1 in Texas is an addition to the Texas Family Code stating that courts *may* award legal fees and expenses to be paid by one of the parties in a divorce. Courts typically have included legal fees as ‘necessaries’ that are part of one spouse’s requirement to support the other while the divorce is pending. But the Supreme Court of Texas’ May 2013 ruling in Tedder v. Aldrich declared that such fees aren’t considered ‘necessaries.’ This new law was intended to address that finding and give courts permission to award fees. We’re glad the legislature and Gov. Perry addressed the availability of legal fees in divorce, but the courts still have a lot of discretion to order – or *not* order – legal fees to be paid. Unless a premarital agreement says otherwise, legal fees should be considered ‘necessary.’”

Media Contact: Amy Hunt, amy@androvett.com

EXPERT ROUNDUP: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Following are more than 50 experts on breast cancer who are available for interviews for Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Marissa Howard-McNatt, M.D.

Director, Breast Care Center

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

“I tell women there are no good studies to show that removing both breasts will improve their overall survival. We’re not sure this is helping them, but they’re still choosing to have both removed. There is a fear factor at play for many women who face these decisions.”

Dr. Howard-McNatt is an experienced surgeon whose area of expertise and practice is breast disease (both benign and malignant). Her present research interests are focused in clinical and translational breast cancer projects with a focus on elderly and minority populations. She has who has also conducted research (published in The American Journal of Surgery) into why women choose to have double or contralateral mastectomies when cancer isn’t present in both breasts, and looked at the safety of breast reconstruction after mastectomy for older women.

Media Contact: Bonnie Davis, bdavis@wakehealth.edu

Susan Melin, M.D.

Associate Professor of Hematology and Oncology

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

“One of the first questions I get from my patients is, ‘Am I going to lose my hair?’ Being able to safely prevent chemotherapy-induced hair loss may relieve patients of some of the emotional stress they are already going through.”

Dr. Melin is primary investigator of a new clinical trial to test medical scalp-cooling technology for women undergoing chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer treatment. The FDA approved in June the Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application for Dignitana’s patented DigniCap System and a multi-center trial is underway. The trial is the second and final phase of study in the United States and will pave the way for FDA market approval of the scalp-cooling device, which is already widely used overseas. She is available to speak about the treatment and effects of the DigniCap.

Media Contact: Bonnie Davis, bdavis@wakehealth.edu

Bobbie Smith

Bra-Fitting Expert

“After overcoming breast cancer, women should celebrate being a survivor, yet they still face challenges as simple as finding the perfect bra to accommodate their new shape. Many people don’t realize the difference that the correct cut, height and angle of the bra and underwire can not only help the breast heal in the correct form, but it can give survivors the confidence they need to feel comfortable in their own skin. Some women have experiences being fit in a department store where the fitter recoils from the sight of their scar tissue. Others don’t want to show their scars and try to find options on their own, just to get more depressed when they can’t find anything.”

Smith has helped fit over 22,000 women, and provides women with the solutions they might not be able to find on their own. She is currently the fit expert at Freshpair, a leading online bra and underwear retailer that offers many options for women post-mastectomy, including post-surgical compression bras and bras with pockets to hold a breast form. She holds private fit consultations via Skype, perfect for breast cancer survivors to find their perfect bra right in the comfort of their own home, and she also has a personal fitting room in New York City that will open to the public in 2012. Media Contact: Sarah Meyer, sarah@specopscomm.com

Andrew Kenler, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery

Yale Medical School

“Breast cancer is one of the most curable cancers in the world. Early detection through appropriate screening and the use of more personalized genomically based treatment strategies can improve survival and limit unnecessary and wrongful treatment.”

Dr. Kenler is focused on laparoscopic surgery and treatment for breast cancer. He centers his practice on providing his patients state-of-the-art care in an environment of compassion and understanding as well as advancements in testing and technology. One area he is most passionate about is preventing biopsy misidentification errors from happening — where a patient receives the wrong cancer diagnosis due to errors made within the biopsy process, leading to wrongful treatment and surgeries. Dr. Kenler offers his patients the only DNA test available, know error system, to avoid these errors form happening.

A board certified general surgeon, Dr. Kenler earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York City, and completed his surgery training at the prestigious New England Deaconess Hospital, part of the Harvard Medical School system in Boston. He has been in practice in Connecticut since 1996. He is well known for his expertise in laparoscopic surgery and treatment of diseases of the breast.

Website: http://andrewkenlermd.com/drkenler/default.aspx

Media Contact: Jessica Wolter, jessica.wolter@schwartzmsl.com

Daniel Landis, M.D., Ph.D.

Radiation Oncologist

Swedish Medical Center in Seattle

“I truly enjoy the challenge of caring for cancer patients. A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming for a patient and their family. From the beginning, we will review the diagnosis in detail, the treatment options, and the potential results of each option, including possible side effects. I enjoy seeing my patients over time, during the course of treatment, and in follow-up. Often it takes some time to understand the patient’s priorities and wishes. As a physician, I believe we should prioritize the patient’s quality of life and listen to our patients and understand their desires and incorporate this into an individualized treatment plan. I strive to provide the best possible care to all of my patients.”

Landis received his degree from the University of Washington, School of Medicine, in Seattle, and did his residency at Harvard Medical School. He is a board-certified radiation oncologist, specializing in TomoTherapy System treatment.

Media Contact: Laura Scalley, Laura.scalley@schwartzmsl.com or accuray@schwartzmsl.com

Sandra Vermulen, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist

Swedish Medical Center in Seattle

“My philosophy is to offer hope and provide information and care with the most advanced and latest technologies. I try to listen with compassion and to do no harm within the parameters of reasonable risk.”

Vermulen’s clinical interests/special procedures performed: 3DCRT, IMRT, malignant and benign brain tumors, breast cancer, MammoSite, linac-based fractionated radio therapy/radio surgery, and Gamma Knife. She specializes in the CyberKnife System treatment.

Vermulen received her degree from the University of Loma Linda, Calif., and is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Media Contact: Laura Scalley, Laura.scalley@schwartzmsl.com or accuray@schwartzmsl.com

Jesse C. Selber, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

“Robots have enabled skilled surgeons to treat cancer with better results than traditional open surgery. Now we have translated that knowledge to plastic and reconstructive surgery, helping survivors to live their lives fully after breast cancer, feeling and looking good.”

Dr. Selber has developed a novel breast reconstruction technique that leaves virtually no visible incision, often results in faster recovery times, and can help improve the emotional and physical well-being of breast cancer survivors by producing aesthetically pleasing results. Using robotic surgical technology, Selber makes a tiny incision under the patient’s arm to access, harvest and transfer the latissimus dorsi muscle to form the new breast. He is available to discuss breast cancer, breast reconstruction, and robotic plastic surgery.

Website: http://faculty.mdanderson.org/Jesse_Selber

Media Contact: Lindsay Kurs, lindsay.kurs@gabbe.com

Therese Bevers, M.D.

Professor, Clinical Cancer Prevention

Medical Director, Cancer Prevention Center

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

In her role as medical director, Bevers has overseen the growth and program development of the Cancer Prevention Center — the first comprehensive clinical cancer prevention service program in the country — since its opening in 1996. At MD Anderson, she is responsible for developing the institution’s cancer screening guidelines and updating them to the latest evidence-based findings. She is currently the principal investigator at MD Anderson for a study investigating whether polyphenon E, an active substance of green tea, benefits women at increased risk for breast cancer. She is also investigating the potential role of Vitamin D in breast cancer prevention. Bevers chairs the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s guideline panels on Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis and Breast Cancer Risk Reduction and in 2009 was recognized as one of America’s Top Doctors. Bevers can share the latest information on breast cancer risk factors, prevention methods, mammography, screening guidelines and treatment advances, as well as practical ways women can protect themselves from cancer, and how to talk about prevention with loved ones.

Website: http://faculty.mdanderson.org/Therese_Bevers/

Media Contact: Lindsay Kurs, lindsay.kurs@gabbe.com

Mariana Chavez Mac Gregor, M.D., M.Sc.

Assistant Professor, Department of Breast Medical Oncology

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Chavez Mac Gregor primarily treats women with metastatic breast cancer at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her research focuses primarily on breast cancer disparities — or the differences in breast cancers and quality of breast cancer care across different populations. She has investigated why particular patient groups do not receive adequate breast cancer care and whether race influences this lack of care. She has also used protein-based tumor analysis to explore the differences between tumors of different racial groups. In addition to discussing aggressive disease in young women and the challenges associated with treating this unique patient population, Dr. Chavez Mac Gregor, who is fluent in Spanish and English, can address breast cancer statistics and prevention information for Latinas.

Website: http://faculty.mdanderson.org/Mariana_ChavezMacGregor/Default.asp

Media Contact: Lindsay Kurs, lindsay.kurs@gabbe.com

Wendy Woodward, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

“In cases where the tumor is situated in a woman’s left breast, proton therapy has the potential to spare patients from serious side effects of traditional X-ray radiation that might affect their hearts and lungs.”

As the section chief of breast radiation and a physician-scientist, Dr. Woodward specializes in radiation therapy for women with breast cancer and oversees a lab focused on breast cancer stem cell biology and radiobiology. She is deputy director of the Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Clinic and research program at MD Anderson, and is dedicated to advancing the radiation treatment and biologic understanding of inflammatory breast cancer through laboratory, translational, and clinical research. Woodward is also involved in treating unusual cases of breast cancer with proton therapy, an advanced form of radiation which, unlike traditional X-ray radiation, has the ability to destroy cancer cells while sparing surrounding healthy tissue from damage. She is available to discuss breast cancer, accelerated partial breast irradiation, and proton therapy for breast cancer.

Website: http://faculty.mdanderson.org/Wendy_Woodward

Media Contact: Agata Porter, agata.porter@gabbe.com

Lawrence J. Solin, MD, FACR, FASTRO

Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia

“The detection of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is increasing in the United States, with more than 50,000 patients diagnosed each year. Of these women, the majority will not develop a local recurrence of DCIS or an invasive cancer in the same breast. Unfortunately, traditional clinical and pathologic criteria are insufficient to define a low-risk population for whom excision alone may be adequate. The DCIS Score is a new tool that can help physicians and patients make more informed decisions, and help identify which patients can be treated with surgical excision alone, allowing them to avoid radiation.”

Dr. Solin has devoted his professional career to treating women with breast cancer and has more than 25 years of clinical experience. He is an expert in the use of radiation therapy after breast conservation treatment for women with early-stage breast cancer. He is also the lead researcher in a groundbreaking clinical trial that uses a new test to determine the best course of treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which is also sometimes called “stage 0″ disease. The results of the study have been published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. In addition, he has been named a top doctor by Philadelphia magazine six years in a row.

Media Contact: Paula Gitis, pgitis@wcgworld.com

Ruth Oratz, MD, FACP

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

New York University School of Medicine

Dr. Oratz is a board certified medical oncologist who specializes in treating women with breast cancer. She has been featured on “Dr. Oz” and “Good Morning America” for her expertise in DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). She is especially committed to helping women facing cancer continue to live their lives actively and fully. She recently established The Women’s Oncology & Wellness Practice, a unique environment that provides state-of-the-art medical care in an intimate, personal and private setting. The focus of the Women’s Oncology & Wellness Practice is individual attention and personal care by Dr. Oratz and her staff. Treatment is tailored to the individual patient, including access to clinical trials, genetic counseling and testing, patient education and integration of cancer care with overall health and wellness.

A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Oratz is on the medical advisory board of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, breastcancer.org, Cancer and Careers, Sharsheret, and The New York City Metastatic Breast Cancer Network. She is also a medical consultant to Cancer Care. She has been listed in “The Best Doctors in America” in Redbook Magazine and “The Best Doctors in NYC” in New York Magazine. She also teaches medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.

Media Contact: Paula Gitis, pgitis@wcgworld.com

Michael Alvarado, M.D.

Associate Professor

UCSF Department of Surgery

A member of multiple breast care and melanoma programs, Dr. Alvarado is an expert on DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) and plays an integral role in the world-renowned multidisciplinary breast care team at the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center in the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is also director of the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program and is intimately involved in the training of breast cancer surgeons of the future. Dr. Alvarado performs melanoma surgery including sentinel lymph node biopsy at the UCSF Melanoma Center, a multidisciplinary program consisting of melanoma surgeons, dermatologists, medical oncologists, dermatopathologist and head and neck surgeon. Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Alvarado was named to the list of U.S. News “Top Doctors,” which denotes the top 10 percent of physicians within a region practicing a given specialty. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and a member of the American College of Surgeons.

Media Contact: Paula Gitis, pgitis@wcgworld.com

Barbara Monsees, M.D.

Chair

American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission

Monsees is chair of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission. She is a former president of the Society of Breast Imaging and SBI Gold Medalist . She is the Evens Professor of Women’s Health and professor of radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Monsees is recognized as an international expert in breast imaging and breast cancer screening. She served as chair of the National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1997-2001. She is listed in America’s Top Doctors and in Best Doctors in America. Monsees earned her medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine and completed her residency in radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University. She started the breast imaging section at the Institute and was instrumental in developing the breast health center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Media Contact: Shawn Farley, PR@acr.org

Debra L. Monticciolo, MD, FACR

Chair

American College of Radiology Commission on Quality and Safety

Monticciolo is chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Commission on Quality and Safety and immediate past president of the Society of Breast Imaging. She is a professor of radiology, vice chair of the department of radiology (for research) and section chief of breast imaging at Texas A&M University. Monticciolo also serves on the FDA National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee and is chair of the ACR Breast Imaging Commission Committee on Education. An expert in her field, her interests include breast imaging, breast cancer care, breast disorders and breast augmentation. Monticciolo earned her medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. She completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago and her fellowship in breast imaging at the University of California San Francisco.

Media Contact: Shawn Farley, PR@acr.org

Patrick Daly

President and CEO

Cohera Medical, Inc.

An expert in the newest technology for mastectomy healing, Daly is president and CEO of Cohera Medical, which has created TissuGlu, a strong, resorbable, internal adhesive. TissuGlu eliminates the need for post-operative drains following large flap procedures such as mastectomies, and has the potential to save patients the pain, annoyance, and cost of post-operative drains, which can often lead to infections. Angelina Jolie referenced her drains as “something out of a science fiction film” in the op-ed she recently wrote for the New York Times about her prophylactic double mastectomy. TissuGlu doesn’t have FDA approval yet, but has already had great success in Germany.

Daly has over 20 years of experience in medical device sales, marketing, international marketing and leadership positions throughout the Johnson & Johnson organization. He successfully launched a surgical technology business in Australia and created and implemented the first-ever regulatory review of safety and efficacy of that new technology by the Australian Government. He started Cohera Medical in January 2006 and led three successful funding rounds of over $57.8 million in capital from private investors to facilitate Cohera Medical’s lead product TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive through the FDA approval process for medical devices. Prior to joining Cohera Medical and Johnson & Johnson, Daly spent over four years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer serving around the world. A native of New York, he is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he received a B.S. in engineering with a concentration in Latin American studies. He serves on several boards, including the Emerging Growth Company Council (EGCC) for the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Girls Hope, a nonprofit that provides a well-balanced, nurturing home and quality education through college for academically capable girls. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization.

Website: http://www.coheramedical.com

Video: http://tinyurl.com/q3ycn6h

Media Contact: Alyson Kuritz, alyson@0to5.com

Dr. Kristen Fernandez

Breast Surgeon, Breast Center Director

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare delivery system, the largest in Maryland the Washington, D.C., region. The center is nationally recognized for clinical quality in heart, orthopedics, cancer and GI.

Expert Contact: Kristen.fernandez@medstar.net

Media Contact: Debra A. Schindler, Debra.Schindler@medstar.net

Dr. Mark Pykett

President and CEO

Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

Dr. Pykett has the strong belief that more precise diagnostics can lead to better patient care, less morbidity and more favorable outcomes of breast cancer treatment. Specifically, for some patients, proper lymph node identification can mean less surgery (thus avoiding unnecessary removal of lymph nodes and surrounding tissue that is non-cancerous) and potentially reduced side effects (such as lymphedema or scarring) and recovery time. In April 2013, Navidea developed and brought to the U.S. market an innovation called Lymphoseek, which is helping breast cancer surgeons and patients to get more precise diagnoses of their state of cancer. With Lymphoseek, surgery can start in 15 minutes following injection vs. several hours of wait time for older products. This allows for faster and more flexible scheduling of surgeries in the hospital. Most importantly, Lymphoseek can help patients prevent the physically and psychologically disfiguring pain associated with invasive procedures of lymph node and tissue removal. The FDA has called it “the first new drug for lymph node mapping to be approved in more than 30 years.”

Dr. Pykett has been president and chief executive officer of Navidea since April 2011. He has more than 15 years of pharmaceutical industry executive and operational management, strategic planning, and cross-functional drug development program oversight. Prior to joining Navidea, he served as founding CEO of Talaris Advisors LLC, a strategic drug-development company serving the biotech industry, and as president and COO of Alseres Pharmaceuticals, a clinical stage biotech firm that focused on the development of radiopharmaceutical imaging agents for diagnosis of neurodegenerative disorders, as well as therapeutics for central nervous system indications. He also held senior executive roles at several public and private biotech companies that have focused on therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices, and has served as a director of several public, private and not-for-profit organizations. He is available to comment on advances in precision diagnostics and its implications for patients and surgeons.

Media Contact: Daniela Viola, dviola@makovsky.com

C. Andrew Salzberg, M.D.

Breast Cancer Surgeon

Dr. Salzberg can discuss surgical options, including the Direct to Implant (or One Step) breast reconstruction following mastectomy procedure. The procedure, which he pioneered more than a decade ago, provides an immediate breast reconstruction within one surgery, eliminates the need for usual expansion over many months, and reduces the recovery time, discomfort and total number of surgical procedures a woman has to undergo. It is used as part of mastectomy (including nipple sparing) for breast cancer treatment or as prophylaxis for women at high risk due to positive BRCA mutations. Links to highlights, bio and video below.

Bio: http://www.nygplasticsurgery.com/surgeons/dr-salzberg/

Media Contact: Karen A. DiBernardo, kadmedia@aol.com

Steven Standiford, MD, FACS

Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgery and Surgical Oncologist

Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia

Dr. Standiford has more than 25 years of oncology experience. Prior to his current role at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), he held a number of prestigious appointments, including chief of the Section of Breast Diseases at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at the University of Missouri. He has also served on the boards of several professional organizations, including the Breast Disease Committee for the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project.

Bio: http://www.cancercenter.com/eastern/doctors-and-clinicians/steven-standiford/

Media Contact: Megan Toth, megan.toth@ctca-hope.com

Dr. Jeffrey Hartog

Plastic Surgeon

Bougainvillea Clinique, near Orlando, Fla.

According to a University of Michigan study, seven out of 10 women don’t know their breast reconstruction options following a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Hartog would be pleased to discuss the options in an educational way. One procedure unknown to many is fat grafting, which is gaining momentum as a natural and virtually scarless way to reconstruct a woman’s breast after a mastectomy. Women can even maintain breast sensation, which isn’t the case with saline and silicone implants. Dr. Hartog is available to discuss breast reconstruction options, including speaking about the benefits of undergoing a preemptive mastectomy (per Angelina Jolie) after finding out they are BRCA-positive. He can also speak on being the spouse of a breast cancer survivor; his own wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and she chose to have her husband reconstruct her breasts using fat grafting.

Media Contact: Marjorie Comer, mcomer@axiapr.com

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D., aka “Dr. Taz”

Medical Director

Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Health

Dr. Taz, an integrative health expert focused on women and children’s health, is a contributing editor to Prevention magazine and a Doctor Oz Sharecare expert.

Bio: http://doctortaz.com

Website: http://atlantaholisticmedicine.com

Expert Contact: drbhatia@atlantaholisticmedicine.com

Media Contact: Stephanie Wilkinson, stephanie@atlantaholisticmedicine.com

Janelle Mann, Pharm.D., BCOP

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Dr. Mann is a board certified oncology pharmacist who practices in an ambulatory clinic in addition to her teaching duties. She teaches about chemotherapy, solid tumors, and paraneoplastic syndromes. Dr. Mann has been published, presented posters, and given numerous presentations related to breast cancer medication and patient behavior.

Media Contact: Brad Brown, brad.brown@stlcop.edu

Melanie Young

Author

Melanie Young was diagnosed with cancer in both breasts in August 2009. Young’s battle consisted of a double mastectomy with reconstruction, five months of chemo, genetic testing, and a prophylactic surgery in which her ovaries and fallopian tubes were removed. All throughout her fight/road to recovery she continued to run her own food and wine marketing and special events business, reshape her life, write her survivor’s guide and help change the lives of others fighting the same battle. Who said you still can’t have it all when you have cancer?

For a topic as serious as cancer, Young knows how to keep a sense of humor. Written with a comical yet uplifting approach, “Getting Things off my Chest: A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless & Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer,” is filled with essential information and insightful stories that serve as a mentor for those battling breast cancer.

Media Contact: Brooke Zalis, danielides2@danielides.net

Dennis Citrin, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Oncologist

Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Midwestern Regional Medical Center

Dr. Citrin is a board-certified medical oncologist with more than three decades of experience. Specializing in treating advanced and complex breast cancer, Dr. Citrin works with a team of experts to help patients fight breast cancer. He earned his medical degree and Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He also completed an internal medicine residency and fellowship in academic medicine at the university. He then completed a human oncology and medicine fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining CTCA, Dr. Citrin was in private practice and was as member of Northwestern Memorial Hospital medical staff in Chicago. Additionally, he has served as assistant/associate professor of medicine at the University of California in San Diego, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York and Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He is a member of several professional associations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research and the Chicago Medical Society. His research has been published extensively over the years in journals such as Cancer and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Most recently he authored the book, “Knowledge is Power: What Every Woman Should Know about Breast Cancer,” an inspiring and thought-provoking read for every woman. In the book, Dr. Citrin shares the amazing progress and great success of winning the battle against breast cancer in its many forms, and many of his patients share their amazing, personal journeys. The book also challenges the reader to look fear in the face and take action against this insidious disease that impacts one in eight women, revealing the three main factors that prevent all women from benefitting from today’s advances.

Media Contact: Susan Morris, Susan.morris@ctca-hope.com, or Jackie Carey, Jackie.carey@ctca-hope.com

Nalo Hamilton, Ph.D., MSN

Assistant Professor

UCLA School of Nursing

“Ethnic health disparities cost this nation more than $6 billion per year, a staggering amount in light of the fact that many are preventable. As minority nurses, we need to take a leadership role in the educational, clinical and research arenas to eliminate disparities in healthcare.”

Funded research: evaluating biological differences between breast cancer in African-American and Caucasian women to improve outcomes. Hamilton is available to discuss breast cancer and disparities in African-American women.

Media Contact: Laura Perry, lperry@sonnet.ucla.edu

Eunice Lee, Ph.D., GNP

Associate Professor

UCLA School of Nursing

“The mammographic screening rate (for Korean women) has been increasing dramatically over the past decade, but still the rates are lower than for American women. By creating an acronym for the staple that is eaten almost every day in Korea, I hope to encourage consistent mammograms every year for Korean families.”

NIH-funded research: Korean Immigrants and Mammography Culture Specific Health Interventions (KIM-CHI). Lee is available to speak about breast cancer and ethnic-specific health intervention.

Media Contact: Laura Perry; lperry@sonnet.ucla.edu

Dr. Stephanie Bernik

Chief of Surgical Oncology

Lenox Hill Hospital, New York

Bernik finished her fellowship in breast surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2000. Before starting at Lenox Hill in 2010, she was chief of breast surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC. She has presented nationally and has been a commentator for numerous Internet sites. She has also done television appearances on CBS’ “Up to the Minute,” “Access Hollywood,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and FOX News, to name a few.

Expert Contact: sbernik@nshs.edu or tbernik@verizon.net

Allen Gabriel MD, FACS

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery

Loma Linda University Medical Center

A board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Gabriel completed his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center. During his six years of training, he continued to foster his passion for helping patients in need and advancing his research. He was involved in numerous mission trips around the world, received several awards for his research, and was elected into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. In 2007, Dr. Gabriel was selected by world-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. G. Patrick Maxwell to enter a Breast and Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship. During this period, both plastic surgeons advanced plastic surgery education with their research and pioneered the use of Botox in relieving pain following mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Currently, Dr. Gabriel is the associate clinical professor of surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center and in private practice in Vancouver, Wash. He has authored more than 10 dozen abstracts, manuscripts and book chapters, and continues to share his knowledge both nationally and internationally. He remains involved with community outreach supporting breast cancer patients and participating in third-world-country mission trips. He is a member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of American College of Surgeons, and is a reviewer of several medical journals. He is the founder of Pink Lemonade Project, which educates, empowers, and supports those affected by breast cancer.

Article: http://www.medicinenet.com/breast_reconstruction/article.htm

Expert Contact: gabrielallen@yahoo.com

Christine Horner, M.D., FACS

Surgeon, Author, Professional Speaker

Dr. Horner holds two board certifications: the National Board of Surgery and the National Board of Plastic Surgery. She was recognized as a leader in her field shortly after starting her plastic and reconstructive surgery practice because she successfully ran a national campaign to pass laws requiring insurance companies to pay for breast reconstruction following mastectomy. Her five-year crusade with the Breast Reconstruction Advocacy Project (BRA Project) led to the passage of a federal law that was signed by President Bill Clinton on Oct. 21, 1998. The law was unprecedented because it was the first law Congress had ever passed requiring insurance companies to pay for a specific surgical procedure.

Dr. Horner is the award-winning author of “Waking The Warrior Goddess: Dr. Christine Horner’s Program to Protect Against and Fight Breast Cancer” (3rd Edition/October 2013/Basic Health), the most comprehensive guide to all research-proven natural approaches to prevent and fight breast cancer (it’s already listed on Amazon as one of their top 10 best sellers in breast cancer topics). Dr. Horner is one of the country’s leading authorities on breast cancer prevention, including the breast cancer vaccine.

Media Contact: Amy Summers, amy@pitchpublicity.com

Dr. Courtney Vito

Surgeon

City of Hope, Duarte, Calif.

Dr. Vito has been practicing since 2010 and specializes in breast surgery. She can speak to innovative new treatments in breast cancer, such as Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT), and can offer access to patients who have had successful surgeries. Dr. Vito completed her fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Media Contact: Mackenzie Carroll, iCAD@Schwartzmsl.com

Dr. Amy Bremner

Surgeon

Breastlink

Dr. Bremner is a surgeon at Breastlink in Murrieta, Calif. She specializes in breast surgery, and is passionate about providing breast cancer patients with proven treatments and unique care experiences. Dr. Bremner is also an expert in IORT. She completed her fellowship at University of Southern California, specializing in oncoplastic breast surgery techniques.

Media Contact: Mackenzie Carroll, iCAD@Schwartzmsl.com

Robert Maganini, M.D.

Dr. Maganini is a board-certified surgeon who is director of the St. Alexius Breast Care Center in the Chicago area. Alexian Brothers Health System was one of the first organizations in Illinois to receive accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a testament to Dr. Maganini’s work in the field. In addition to providing care for patients with breast cancer, Dr. Maganini conducts clinical trials on the latest options for these patients. He is most passionate about these two current projects: 1) Conservative, minimally invasive treatment of breast cancer: He is currently conducting a clinical trial regarding Interstitial Laser Therapy (ILT) to destroy certain breast tumors. This image-guided, minimally invasive laser ablation procedure shows promise to become a viable alternative to traditional lumpectomy. 2) A cancer genetics outreach program that helps women identify their risk for breast cancer, and counsels them on options if testing indicates high-risk. Dr. Maganini is highly trained and well-respected by patients and colleagues alike. Despite his busy schedule, he welcomes journalist questions and responds same day.

Bio: http://www.alexianbrothershealth.org/drmaganini/

Media Contact: Mary Meyer, marymeyerwrites@gmail.com

Phil Evans

Director, Center for Breast Care

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

An expert on mammograms and dense breast tissue, Dr. Evans received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed his internship and residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Evans is board certified in diagnostic radiology and a Fellow in the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging. His interest in breast imaging began in 1980 and led to the development of the Susan G. Komen Breast Center at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He is available to discuss mammograms and breast cancer imaging.

Media Contact: Alex Lyda, alex.lyda@utsouthwestern.edu

Roshni Rao

Faculty Member

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Rao is a surgical oncologist, focusing on the surgical treatment of breast cancer, but her patient care philosophy goes well beyond that. Dr. Rao works with breast cancer patients to help them understand their treatment options and to tailor a plan best suited for each individual. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia Medical School in 1999, Dr. Rao completed an internship in general surgery in 2001 and her residency in general surgery in 2004. That year, she was selected to be a fellow in breast surgical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She became board certified in surgery in 2005 and soon after joined the faculty in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and became a member of the team at Simmons Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated Cancer Center in North Texas. She is available to discuss breast care and breast cancer surgery.

Media Contact: Alex Lyda, alex.lyda@utsouthwestern.edu

Jennifer Joh, M.D.

Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore

Dr. Joh treats breast cancer and benign breast conditions with compassion, keeping a patient’s personal concerns at a top priority. Through a dedication to breast cancer research, Dr. Joh is committed to providing patients with personalized, innovative treatment plans to treat breast diseases. She works with the renowned plastic surgeons at Mercy to offer the full array of breast cancer and breast reconstruction procedures. Dr. Joh offers: breast cancer surgeries, including lumpectomies and mastectomies; leading-edge diagnostic procedures for breast cancer; post-surgical treatment of lymphedema; sentinel lymph node biopsy; skin and nipple-sparing mastectomy before immediate breast reconstruction; and treatment and counseling for high-risk breast lesions.

Dr. Joh received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed her general surgery residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital, New York. She completed her Breast Surgical Oncology fellowship at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. Dr. Joh has received recognition by the Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease for her research on tumor pathology and by the Annual Peter Cyrus-Rizzo III Scientific Seminar for her research on techniques of sentinel lymph node examinations. Published in The Oncologist, Dr. Joh also has presented on numerous topics, such as: breast cancer in pregnancy, reconstructive surgery techniques, and innovative chemotherapy strategies.

Media Contact: Dan Collins, dcollins@mdmercy.com

Neil B. Friedman, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Medical Director, The Hoffberger Breast Center

Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore

Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Friedman is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He did his internship/residency at The New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Friedman is on the active staff in the Department of Surgery and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, as well as an instructor in surgery and oncology with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Friedman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the Baltimore City Medical Society and the Maryland chapter of Med-Chi. He has an extensive knowledge in the field of oncology, and has published papers examining treatment for breast cancer, as well as anal/rectal tumors, Hodgkin’s Disease and lung cancer. He was honored as Humanitarian of the Year in April 1998 by the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation for his efforts in the fight against breast cancer and breast disease. He has appeared in Baltimore Magazine’s “Top Docs” issue (physicians are chosen by their peers in the medical community) three times, most recently in November 1997. He was cited for his outstanding treatment of breast cancer and breast disease. Dr. Friedman has been involved in clinical research for breast cancer treatment and diagnosis, including clinical trials for sentinel lymph node biopsy and to test the efficacy of raloxifene vs. tamoxifen in treating/preventing breast cancer. He has been an outspoken proponent of annual mammograms for women ages 40-49. In 2006, he was named the national spokesperson for Bath & Bodyworks’ “In Touch” Breast Self-Exam Glove, a unique breast self-exam tool designed to educate women on how to perform self-exams while facilitating their ability to do so.

Media Contact: Dan Collins, dcollins@mdmercy.com

Gauri Bedi, M.D., FACS

Associate Director, The Hoffberger Breast Center

Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore

Dr. Bedi is a board certified general surgeon, specializing in breast surgery. Previously, Dr. Bedi was assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She has a diverse background in the field of surgical oncology, earning numerous awards for her research in surgical sciences. Dr. Bedi did her residency in general surgery, as well as an Advanced Specialty Training Program in surgical oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the molecular genetics of cancer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Media Contact: Dan Collins, dcollins@mdmercy.com

Marsha T. Oakley, RN

Nursing Coordinator, The Hoffberger Breast Center

Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore

Oakley provides counseling, support and advice to patients going through breast cancer treatment. She is responsible for patient education prior to surgery and following surgery, and she helps guide patients to a health recovery. She also coordinates clinical trials within the center.

Oakley celebrated 40 years in nursing in 2009. She earned her degree in nursing from Indiana University in Bloomington. She is a licensed registered nurse in the State of Maryland and a MammaCare Specialist. She has held nursing positions at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, as well as St. Agnes Hospital, where she developed and implemented a breast cancer screening program under a Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) grant. She has 10 years of experience in neonatal intensive care nursing and has also served as Lamaze childbirth instructor. She has served as a member of the National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee of the United States Food and Drug Administration, and the American Cancer Society.

A two-time breast cancer survivor herself, Oakley was the recipient of the Terese Lasser Award in 2000 and 2007, presented by the American Cancer Society in honor of her volunteer efforts as part of ACS’s “Reach to Recovery Program.” She serves as a health educator for Reach to Recovery’s program training sessions. In 1995, she received the Ellen Barnett Memorial Award from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for her dedicated role in the battle against breast cancer. She is a frequent speaker on “long-term survivorship” at the Komen Maryland Educational Symposium held annually. She also played a leadership role in working with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in planning “The Heart Truth” campaign, speaking to breast cancer patients about the need to pay attention to their heart health, and is a regular participant in the Hadassah organization’s CHECK IT OUT program, which brings breast self-examination instruction and information to young women in high schools throughout Maryland.

Media Contact: Dan Collins, dcollins@mdmercy.com

Jean K. Warner, M.D.

Director, The Tyanna O’Brien C enter for Women’s Imaging

Mercy Medical center, Baltimore

A board certified radiologist, Dr. Warner brings extensive experience in women’s imaging, including digital mammography, ultrasound and MRI. She also has experience in all imaging-guided interventional procedures including MRI-guided biopsy with a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease.

Dr. Warner earned her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She completed residencies in Internal Medicine and in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Maryland Medical System. While at the University of Maryland, she served as co-director of The Breast Center, as well as a consultant for breast imaging on “Ask the Expert,” a program featured on the University’s website. Dr. Warner also served as diagnostic radiologist, specializing in breast imaging at the Anne Arundel Medical Breast Center. She has a variety of clinical publications to her credit in the field of breast imaging. Her professional affiliations include membership in the American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America and Society of Breast Imaging.

Media Contact: Dan Collins, dcollins@mdmercy.com

Dr. Deborah ter Meulen

Radiologist

Nantucket Cottage Hospital, a Mass-General Affiliate

Dr. ter Meulen is an expert radiologist, specializing in women’s breast health. Over the past year, Dr. ter Meulen has reviewed 366 breast MRIs, while routinely assessing the corresponding mammography. Additionally, she routinely assesses 3D horizontal/transversal images and uses a kinetic curve assessment. As a member of the American Association of Women Radiologists, American College of Radiology, Society of Breast Imaging, and Society for the Advancement of Women’s Imaging, Dr. ter Meulen has won several grants and conducted significant research driving progress in the field of women’s breast health. Yearly, Dr. ter Meulen reads approximately 400 MRIs, 7,000 screening mammograms, 1,5000 diagnostic mammograms, and 1,000 ultrasounds. She also preforms about 400 biopsy procedures per year.

Dr. ter Meulen earned her M.D. from Boston University School of Medical, and went on to complete her residency in pediatrics at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She then completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., in 1986. Before joining the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Radiology in 2007, Dr. ter Meulen simultaneously held the positions of division chief, Breast Imaging, and division chief, Pediatric Radiology, at the Caritas St. Elizabeth Medical Center located in Boston.

Media Contact: Lauren Kaufman, lkaufman@pancomm.com

Tara Breslin, M.D.

Medical Director, Breast Care Program, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Associate Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Breslin’s research focuses on analyzing and improving quality in breast care programs to improve overall health outcomes in communities, by understanding patterns of care in populations and using that data to improve care locally. She is an award-winning researcher whose work on improving health outcomes, regional quality collaborations and breast care program development has been published in several leading medical journals. She was the co-director of the 25-hospital Michigan Breast Oncology Quality Initiative, the first statewide quality improvement aimed at improving the quality of breast cancer care by examining use of guideline based care.

Expert Contact: tbreslin@nmff.org

Barbara Andersen, Ph.D.

Director, Livestrong Survivorship Center of Excellence

Professor, Department of Psychology

Ohio State University

Dr. Andersen studies biobehavioral aspects of cancer and their implications for disease progression at Ohio State University. In particular, her work on the Stress and Immunity Breast Cancer Project has shown reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence and cancer death in patients who receive psychological intervention to reduce stress, improve quality of life, health behaviors, and adherence for patients with breast cancer.

Bio and publications: http://faculty.psy.ohio-state.edu/andersen/

Media Contact: Heather Gitlitz, hgitlitz@spectrumscience.com

Kari Kendra, M.D.

Director, Oncology Nutrition Education (ONE)

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine

Chair, Melanoma Disease Specific Committee

Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James)

Dr. Kendra has focused her research and clinical practice on cancer treatment. In addition to her prolific research on melanoma, Dr. Kendra received a 2007 grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to develop a program providing individualized nutrition counseling to breast cancer patients who previously did not have access to such services. In particular, the program targeted underserved Ohio women, identifying common nutrition risk factors for breast cancer patients such as high-fat diets, malnutrition and poor eating habits.

Media Contact: Heather Gitlitz, hgitlitz@spectrumscience.com

Maryam Lustberg, M.D., MPH

Director, Breast Cancer Survivorship Program

Assistant Professor, College of Medicine

Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James)

In addition to her position as director of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, Dr. Lustberg’s work with breast cancer is both clinical and research-based. She provides clinical care to women with all stages of invasive breast cancer. Dr. Lustberg’s breast cancer research centers on the development of novel blood biomarkers, as well as measuring treatment-related toxicity and survivorship, including grants for investigating “chemo brain.”

Bio: http://internalmedicine.osu.edu/medicaloncology/directory/mlustberg/index.cfm

Media Contact: Heather Gitlitz, hgitlitz@spectrumscience.com

Erin Macrae, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, College of Medicine

Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James)

Dr. Macrae is a breast cancer medical oncologist with expertise in novel therapeutics in breast cancer, particularly HER2-positive breast cancer. She works in treating women with breast cancer as well as developing clinical trials for new cancer drugs. Featured in Columbus Business First’s 2013 “Forty Under 40.”

Media Contact: Heather Gitlitz, hgitlitz@spectrumscience.com

Rebecca Nagy, MS, CGC

Assistant Professor, Clinical Division of Human Genetics

Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James)

President, National Society of Genetic Counselors

Ms. Nagy is the president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and has extensive expertise in breast cancer genes, particularly in the BRCA mutations. Ms. Nagy’s clinical care in cancer genetic consultation is complemented by her educational work and media consults on genetic issues in cancer.

Bio: http://internalmedicine.osu.edu/genetics/directory/genetic-counselors/rebecca-nagy/about-nagy/

Media Contact: Heather Gitlitz, hgitlitz@spectrumscience.com

Ellen Peters, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology

Ohio State University

Dr. Peters is a recognized leader in the psychology of health decision making. Her research centers on how individuals use information to evaluate risks both in specific situations and over a life span. Dr. Peters works extensively with the National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration, and has received numerous government grants. Dr. Peters has presented specifically on how perception of breast cancer risk affects mammogram decision-making.

Bio: http://faculty.psy.ohio-state.edu/peters/

Media Contact: Heather Gitlitz, hgitlitz@spectrumscience.com

Bhuvaneswari Ramaswamy, M.D., MRCP

Assistant Professor, College of Medicine

Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James)

Dr. Ramaswamy’s passion for treating breast cancer lies in both clinical care and scientific research. Her research centers on finding new treatments, particularly for tumors that resist tamoxifen, the traditional hormone therapy that interferes with estrogen, which is necessary for tumor growth. For the about one-third of tumors that don’t respond to tamoxifen, Ramaswamy is searching for treatments, resulting in a new possible treatment called hedgehog signaling.

Media Contact: Heather Gitlitz, hgitlitz@spectrumscience.com

Charles Shapiro, M.D.

Director, Breast Medical Oncology

Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James)

Dr. Shapiro leads the breast cancer research program at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. In addition to partnering with teams in three key areas of breast cancer research, Dr. Shapiro holds his own expertise in novel therapies and the side effects of treatment for triple negative breast cancer in young women.

Media Contact: Heather Gitlitz, hgitlitz@spectrumscience.com

Robert Wesolowski, M.D.

Director of Phase I Clinical Trials, Division of Medical Oncology

Assistant Professor, College of Medicine

Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James)

Dr. Wesolowski provides clinical care to women with all stages of invasive breast cancer and coordinates phase I solid tumor trials. His particular research is in breast cancer immunology, especially myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC), which are important inhibitors of anti-tumor immune response. He recently received a grant supporting this work, which explores using MDSC as biomarkers of response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy.

Bio: http://internalmedicine.osu.edu/medicaloncology/directory/rwesolowski/

Media Contact: Heather Gitlitz, hgitlitz@spectrumscience.com

Julia White, M.D.

Director, Breast Radiation Oncology, Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center

Vice Chair, Clinical Research, Department of Radiation Oncology

Professor, Radiation Oncology

Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James)

Dr. White’s expertise is radiation therapy in breast cancer treatment, specifically ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Specifically, she focuses on how new technologies can improve patient outcomes by individualizing breast radiation treatments. Technologies such as prone, conformal, partial breast and image guided therapies variably shorten treatment, are more targeted, and they better avoid healthy tissue and organs that are close to the tumor site. In her role as chair of the Breast Cancer Committee for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, Dr. White oversees all breast radiation clinical trials.

Bio: http://medicine.osu.edu/faculty/fame/pages/faculty-spotlight.aspx

Media Contact: Heather Gitlitz, hgitlitz@spectrumscience.com

Dr. Carol Fabian

University of Kansas Hospital

Dr. Fabian is an internationally and nationally recognized leader in risk assessment and prevention trials for breast cancer. She focuses on breast cancer treatment and prevention, and her specialties include cancer genetics, clinical cancer genetics, genetic counsel-breast cancer, and hormone replacement.

Media Contact: Bobby Jones, bobby.jones@ketchum.com

Dr. Jamie Wagner, DO

Dr. Wagner focuses on breast surgery and surgical treatment-benign and malignant diseases of the breast. Her specialties include breast surgery, breast cancer surgery, oncology, second opinions in breast surgery, and surgery.

Media Contact: Bobby Jones, bobby.jones@ketchum.com

Dr. Carol Connor

Dr. Connor focuses on breast surgery, and surgical treatment-benign and malignant diseases of the breast. Her specialties include breast cancer surgery, breast surgery, oncology, pre-operative consultation, and second opinions in breast surgery.

Media Contact: Bobby Jones, bobby.jones@ketchum.com

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