Kate Baccari, MA, PA-C

Kate Baccari, MA, PA-C, completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Boston College. Prior to attending PA school she worked as a nursing assistant at a freestanding medical detox unit. She then began her Physician Assistant training at SUNY Stonybrook University and earned her Master of Science in 2010. She has spent the past four years working on the Intensive Palliative Care Unit at the Dana-Farber / Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, where she helps care for inpatient oncology patients as a part of a multi-disciplinary team. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband Brian, a fellow PA!

Katherine Byar, MSN, APRN, BC

Katherine Byar, MSN, APRN, BC, is a hematologic malignancy nurse practitioner at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Nebraska Methodist College, in Omaha, Nebraska and her master of science in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is a bone marrow transplant certified nurse. Ms. Byar has co-authored a number of chapters, articles, poster/oral abstracts and has given numerous presentations in the field of oncology nursing. She has received awards and grants for her excellence in oncology nursing in the areas of research and clinical experience from the American Cancer Society and the Oncology Nursing Foundation.

Christopher J. Campen, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP

Christopher J. Campen, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP, is a clinical pharmacist and EPIC protocol builder at the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, Arizona, where his primary practice setting is gastrointestinal cancer in the outpatient setting. Chris is an Associate Editor for JADPRO and a Conference Co-Chair for JADPRO Live at APSHO. He is married with 2 kids and enjoys triathlons and mountain biking.

Maria Gallo, MS, ARNP, AOCNP

Maria Gallo is an Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner at Florida Cancer Specialists in Port Charlotte, Florida, and a graduate of the University of Florida Master’s program, the only Oncology program in the state of Florida. She serves on nurse advisory panels for multiple myeloma and thalassemia and also is a regional speaker/educator for Celgene Oncology and Novartis Oncology. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, but is a Floridian at heart. She is married and has 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

Carolyn Grande, CRNP, AOCNP

Ms. Grande is an oncology nurse practitioner, educator and consultant specializing with 30 years of nursing experience in a variety of oncology settings. She is currently at the Abramson Cancer Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania working clinically in the Thyroid Cancer Therapeutics Program. Areas of particular interest include thyroid carcinoma, gastrointestinal malignancies, multifaceted-symptom management with emphasis on psychosocial/spiritual care and grief and bereavement.

Carolyn was the recipient of the Multidisciplinary Education and Practice Award from the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation in 2004 and the Rosalyn J. Watts, Nurse-Patient/ Family Relationship Award in 2002. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing in Philadelphia. She lectures on an extensive list of topics such as colorectal cancer, targeted therapies, symptom management, communication strategies, and spiritual assessment/care. She has published several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology (JADPRO).

Carolyn is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and is a Past-President of her local ONS chapter and also holds membership in neighboring ONS chapters. She is a member of ONS Special Interest Groups: Spiritual Care, Clinical Trials and Nurse Practitioner. She also is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Heather Hampel, MS, CGC

Heather Hampel completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Genetics at the Ohio State University in 1993. She attained her Master’s degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in 1995. She received certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 1996. She worked as a cancer genetic counselor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan before moving to The Ohio State University in 1997. She is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Associate Director of the Division of Human Genetics. Her research areas of interest include Lynch syndrome and universal screening for Lynch syndrome. She has over 90 publications; including first author publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer Research, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Heather is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (Region IV Representative in 2003-4) and of the American Board of Genetic Counseling (2007-2011) where she served as President in 2009 and 2010. She received the Region IV Leadership Award from NSGC in 2006.

Benyam Muluneh, PharmD, BCOP, CPP

Benyam Muluneh is an oncology clinical pharmacist practitioner at University of North Carolina Medical Center in the Malignant Hematology Clinic. He received his doctor of pharmacy degree from UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He completed his pharmacy practice and oncology specialty residencies at UNC Medical Center. In addition to working as a clinical pharmacist practitioner, he also has an adjunctive assistant professor appointment at UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Joseph Narus, DNP, APRN, NP-BC

Dr. Joseph Narus is an NP in the Male Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He manages the Penile Rehabilitation Program, providing medical management of sexual dysfunction after cancer treatment. His main clinical and research focus is on sexual dysfunction following cancer treatment and the role of nursing to improve quality-of-life outcomes. He received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from New York University College of Nursing and holds memberships in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Urologic Association, American Association of NPs, the International Society of Sexual Medicine, and the Sexual Medicine Society of North America. He was selected by the Sexual Medicine Society of North America as one of the first NPs in the U.S to serve on their APRN/PA Committee and Website Committees and is the first NP to hold a Fellow membership.

Rod Quilitz, PharmD, BCOP

Rod Quilitz is a proud “Moffitteer.” He recently celebrated his 20th year as a clinical pharmacist at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in nearby Tampa, Florida. Dr. Quilitz started as an Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist with a strong interest in infectious disease from 1993 through 2007, when he switched these roles to focus on Infectious Disease and Antimicrobial Stewardship. Dr. Quiltz remains committed to the prevention and management of infectious complications in the cancer patient, an area in which he has been involved in the areas of direct patient care, presentations, publications, research, and professional mentoring.

Dan Shapiro, Ph.D.

Dan Shapiro, Ph.D., a psychologist, is the Chair of the Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine.

He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida and went on to Harvard Medical School, where he completed his training. His writings about the patient experience and physician patient relationships have appeared, among others, in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, and JAMA, and he is a consultant to the hit television shows Grey's Anatomy and was for Private Practice.

Shapiro has written three books, including Mom's Marijuana, about his personal cancer experience, and a second memoir, Delivering Doctor Amelia, which focused on his psychological treatment of a physician. His third book, And in Health, focuses on thriving as a couple in the face of cancer. It was featured in the New York Times last year and won a National Book Award from the Independent Book Publishers of America in 2014.

Raymond M. Shulstad, DNP, ARNP, BC, DCNP

Dr. Shulstad has worked as a dermatology nurse practitioner in the greater Tampa Bay area since 2002. He completed his Masters of Science in nursing at the University of South Florida in 2002. In 2009, he completed the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program, also at the University of South Florida, becoming just the second residency trained, doctoral level dermatology nurse practitioner in the country. He has lectured at several local and national conferences and has published more than 15 articles in professional journals on various dermatological subjects. His primary focus in practice, lecturing, and publishing has been in the management of patients with cutaneous malignancies. He has served as the Vice President for the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners since 2012 and as a preceptor for Nurse Practitioner doctoral students at the University of South Florida.

Pamela Hallquist Viale, RN, MS, CNS, ANP

Serving again as Conference Chair and faculty member for the 2nd Annual JADPRO Live at APSHO, Pam Viale is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology (JADPRO), and has held this position since the beginning of the journal, which launched in May 2010. It is the official journal of the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO), of which Ms. Viale is a Founding Board Member. In addition, she is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Physiological Nursing at University of California San Francisco (non-salaried) and the author of over 50 journal articles and book chapters.

Constance Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP

Dr. Visovsky is an Associate Dean at the University of South Florida, College of Nursing, where she chairs a faculty writing circle that promotes scholarly activity and publication among the junior faculty. Dr. Visovsky has a publication record and program of research focused on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, and has also co-authored publications with her baccalaureate nursing students. In addition, Dr. Visovsky is an acute care nurse practitioner with extensive experience in the care of women with breast cancer.

Wendy H. Vogel, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®

Wendy H. Vogel, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®, is an oncology nurse practitioner at Wellmont Cancer Insitute in Kingsport, Tennessee. She received her BS in Nursing at Tennessee Technological University and her MS in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at East Tennessee State University. Ms. Vogel is a board-certified advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation and a certified family nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Ms Vogel has experience in oncology, education, cancer prevention, and public speaking. Ms. Vogel is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology and has published in this and in several other journals and newsletters. She received the 2012 ONS Mary Nowotny Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education Award (Oncology Nursing Society). She also received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award for co-editing the Advanced Oncology Nursing Certification Review and Resource Manual: Instructor's Resource. She has lectured at conferences and presented at workshops regarding the role of an oncology nurse practitioner, among other topics.

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA

Julie M. Vose, MD is the Neumann M. and Mildred E. Harris Professor and Chief in the Division of Oncology/Hematology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr Vose received her medical degree, completed her residency in Internal Medicine, served as Chief Resident, and completed a Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr Vose also completed a sabbatical at Stanford University. She also completed an MBA in Health Administration through the University of Colorado Business School.

Dr. Vose has focused her career on translational research for improvement in the therapy of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) by developing a focused translational research program evaluating novel therapies such as radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies, idiotype vaccine therapies, pathway directed agents and stem cell transplantation. Dr Vose has been recognized for her NHL research on a national and international level through research awards and invited lectureships worldwide. In addition, her funding record and publications in NHL therapy and transplantation research have added substantially to the research and knowledge base for the therapy of lymphoma. She is currently the Co-Chair for the National Cancer Institute Lymphoma Sub-Committee, a member of the FDA Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee, and 2014-15 President elect for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Elizabeth S. Waxman, ANP-BC, RN, AOCN

Ms. Waxman received her BSN from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She earned her MSN as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from Columbia University in New York, and also received her certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas.

Her employment experience includes working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 1985-1991. She relocated to Houston, Texas, in 1991 and has worked as an Advanced Practice nurse at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center ever since. She has worked in the Department of Lymphoma from 1991-1998, when she transferred to the Department of Thoracic/Head & Neck Medical Oncology.

Her interests in thoracic oncology include thymoma, small cell lung cancer, paraneoplastic syndromes, gene mutations, targeted therapy treatments, side effect management, and maintenance therapy for lung cancer.

She has had numerous presentations and publications on various topics, including prostate cancer, plasma cell dyscrasias, and lung cancer.

Laura J. Zitella, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCN®

Laura Zitella is the lead advanced practice provider and nurse practitioner for inpatient hematology at Stanford University Medical Center and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physiological Nursing at the University of California San Francisco.

In her current position, Laura leads an inpatient medical service of nurse practitioners responsible for the care of hospitalized patients with malignancies. She is actively involved in program development, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement initiatives at the Stanford Cancer Institute and the Stanford Center for Advanced Practice.

Laura is an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is a well published author, presenter, and educator on various oncology topics, particularly hematologic malignancies, the administration of chemotherapy and biotherapy, and supportive care topics such as infection, anemia, and oncologic emergencies.

Sue Friedman, DVM

As founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), Dr. Friedman has fourteen years of experience assessing and addressing the unique needs of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. FORCE’s forums contain the largest database of personal experiences of members of this unique community. Through the FORCE membership and contact list Dr. Friedman has access to a large community of people living with a BRCA mutation or hereditary risk. Dr. Friedman also served at an NCI designated Cancer Center for 6 years as a Patient Advocate in Clinical Genetics and facilitated recruitment and enrollment of patients at risk for hereditary cancers. She serves as a patient expect on several panels including the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the Gyneocologic Oncology Group and the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women. She was recently awarded a PCORI grant as Co-Prinicipal Investigator of a patient powered research network, to recruit patients with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer across the United States.


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