Ruesch Patient and Caregiver Community Outreach: Patient Education and Support

Saturday, November 6th, 2010
Georgetown University, Rafik Hariri Building
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Agenda | Speakers

Speaker Bios

Louis M. Weiner, MD
Director, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Louis M. Weiner, MD, is the director of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. He earned his bachelor degree in biology with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine at New York University. After completling his internship, residency, and service as chief medical resident at the University of Vermont's Medical Center Hospital, he held clinical and research fellowhips in hematology and oncology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. Prior to joining Lombardi, Weiner served as chairman of the Medical Oncology Department and vice president for Translational Research as Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA.

As Director of Lombardi, Chair of the Department of Oncology, Associate Vice President of Georgetown University Medical Center, and Clinical Director of Cancer Services at Georgetown University Hospital, Weiner is responsible for the operation and development of the Cancer Center, including it's educational, research and clinical missions. In his role as Clinical Director of Cancer Services at Georgetown University Hospital, Weiner also leads the clinical operation of the Medical Oncology group. Weiner is known for his clinical research focusing on new therapeutic approaches that mobilize the patient's immune system to fight cancer using monoclonal antibodies–laboratory–crafted proteins designed to recognize specific cancer cells.

Kimberly M. Davis, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Oncology and Psycology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Davis conducts research about the quality of life and symptom management of cancer patients and survivors. Davis received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. At Lombardi, Davis provides psychological services for patients, families and survivors throughout the continuum of cancer care. She also works with healthcare providers to assist them in the process of working with medically ill patients. Davis is currently developing a research program focused on changing physicians' and patients' behavior and responses to symptoms as a way to improve quality of life. With funding from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, her work spans different cancers at different stages of the disease.

Mona Quinlan, RD, LD
Registered Dietician, specializing in oncology nutrition
Quinlan earned her bachelor degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition at the Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a dietetics concentration. Quinlan then went on to complete her dietetic internship at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center where she trained in adult oncology, pediatric oncology/hematology and bone marrow transplant. Quinlan is a member of the American Dietetic Association Oncology Practice Group and the American Society for Enteral and Prentral Nutrition. As an inpatient clinical dietician at Georgetown University Hospital, she works with patients to optimize their nutrition status during all stages of cancer treatment and design nutrition support regimens as indicated.

Medical Oncology

A. Ruth He, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

John L. Marshall, MD
Chief, Division of Hematology and Oncology
Professor of Medicine and Oncology
Director, Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Michael J. Pishvaian, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Oncology
Dr. Pishvaian is a practicing oncologist specializing in GI cancers. He also conducts clinical translational research focusing on the rational combination of targeted therapies. In the lab, his basic science research focuses on combining CDK4 inhibitor with chemotherapy for GI cancers. His clinical research focuses on combining other targeted therapies such as PARP inhibitors or mTOR inhibitors with chemotherapy. He is currently the Pinciple Investigator of three such clinical trials.


Firas Al-Kawas, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Endoscopy Unit

Dr. Al-Kawas is a world renowned authority in pancreato-biliary disease and interventional endoscopy. In 2006, he was awarded one of American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) highest honors, the "Master Endoscopist" award in recognition for his impressive careers as a gastroenterologist, endoscopist, and administrator. Dr. Al-Kawas has published more than 250 papers, book chapters, and abstracts addressing a variety of topics in gastroenterology and edoscopy.

John E. Carroll, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Aline Charabaty Pishvaian, MD
Director of the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Kirti Shetty, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Director of Transplant Hepatology
Medical Director of Liver Transplantation

Radiation Oncology/Interventional Radiology

Sean P. Collins, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Radiation Medicine
Director, CyberKnife Program

Anatoly Dritschilo, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Medicine

Karun Sharma, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiology


Allen Chudzinski, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Patrick G. Jackson, MD
Chief, Gastrointestinal Surgery
State Chair, Commission on Cancer

Lynt Johnson, MD, MBA
Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery
Director, Hepatobiliary Surgery


Nurse Navigators

The nurse navigator is a registered nurse with a specialty in cancer care. The navigator serves as the primary contact for patients during the consultation and treatment phases of their cancer treatment journey at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and demonstrate the Georgetown mission and culture of a holistic approach to every patient.

The nurse navigator provides essential education to help patients and their family understand their cancer care, especially during the initial phase of treatment - whether their care includes standard therapy or a clinical trial. The goal of the nurse navigator role is to minimize the time spent in the initial phase of the evaluation and treatment process, in order to maximize treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction. Additionally, the nurse navigator is able to provide patients and their familiy information and support as their personal care plan is developed and launched.

Jane Hannah, RN, OCN
Specialty: Pancreatic Cancer
Hannah is an Oncology Certified Nurse with over 30 years of oncology nursing experience and is the Georgetown University Hospital pancreatic Disease Program coordinator. Hannah's practice is patient and caregiver focused with an emphasis on education and empowerment. her past work experience includes direct patient care, clinical research, case management, patient and community education and outreach, program development and administration. hannah currently serves on the Medical Advisory Council of PanCAN, a national pancreatic cancer patient advocacy organization and is a member of Oncology Nurse Navigators.

Debra Iwanczuk, RN, BSN
Specialty: Liver Cancer and other GI
Iwanczuk has a distinguished nursing career of 35 years with experience spanning maternal child health, medical surgical, ER, gastrointestinal nursing, and nurse management. Her aim is to provide a holistic nursing approach to her patients and their caregivers and play an integral role in their care. Iwanczuk adds an invaluable level of insight which enhances the ability to bridge the gap between patients and resources available at the Ruesch Center.

Susie Park, RN, MSN
Speciality: Colorectal Cancer
Park has over 35 years of oncology nursing experience which includes patient care, research in developmental therapeutics, and nursing administration as well as being a resource and a mintor to her colleagues and community. Other areas of experience include Neonatal as well as adult medical intensive care nursing, interventional radiology, and specialty care nursing. Park's extensive knowledge and experience adds to her passionate personality which enables her to efficiently and effectively provide for all aspects of patient care needs.