Survivorship Research Initiative Seminar Series 

Upcoming Presentations:

December 9, 2022

Dr. Clare Snyder is Professor of Medicine (Division of General Internal Medicine) and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in Health Policy & Management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is Director of the Johns Hopkins Program for Building Lifestyle, Outcomes, and Care Services Research in Cancer (BLOCS). Dr. Snyder’s research focuses on the quality of cancer care, with emphasis in two areas: quality of life for cancer patients and coordination of care between primary care providers and cancer specialists. She has received competitive, peer-reviewed funding from the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. Snyder has held various leadership positions in international organizations focused on quality-of-life and quality-of-care. She is apast president of the International Society for Quality of Life Research. For the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), she served on the Health Services Committee, Quality of Care Committee, Survivorship Care Planning Task Force, and Patient-Reported Outcomes Panel. Previously, Dr. Snyder worked at the U.S. National Cancer Institute and edited Outcomes Assessment in Cancer: Measures, Methods, and Applications (Cambridge University Press). She began her career in the private sector at Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services Inc. Dr. Snyder received a BA cum laude in Public Policy Studies with a certificate in Health Policy from Duke University. She received a Master of Health Science in Health Policy in 2000 and a PhD in Health Policy & Management in 2005 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Past Presentations:


November 11, 2022

Dr. David Freyer is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Medicine, and Population and Public Health Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC). He currently serves as Director of the Survivorship and Supportive Care Program in the Cancer and Blood Disease Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and as Director of the Cancer Survivorship Program and Co-Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program, both at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is founding Co-Director of the USC Center for Young Adult Cancer Survivorship Research. Dr. Freyer received his medical degree from the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. He took his adult-focused general rotating internship at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and Hospitals, pediatrics internship and residency at Rush University Medical Center, and pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Michigan/CS Mott Children’s Hospital. He received his MS in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Freyer’s clinical care and research are concentrated in cancer survivorship, cancer control/supportive care, and AYA oncology with interests in treatment-related toxicity, survivorship care transition, cancer care disparities, and patient-reported outcomes. From 2009-2019 he served as Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) AYA Oncology Discipline Committee and continues as an active investigator in this and other COG committees. In 2018, Dr. Freyer was honored with the Robert M. McAllister Faculty Mentoring Award in the Keck School of Medicine at USC. For numerous consecutive years, his clinical expertise has been recognized with citations in “Best Doctors in America.”

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October 14th, 2022

Dr. Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH completed her training in Blood Banking and Hematology/ Oncology and Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. She served as founding chair of the Dept. of Population Sciences at City of Hope from 2006 to2014. Dr. Bhatia joined University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)in 2015 to establish the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship. She is the White Endowed Professor in Pediatric Oncology at UAB. With over 380 peer-reviewed publications and continuous funding from NCI andLLS since 2000, she is an internationally renowned leader in cancer outcomes and survivorship. She serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Senior Editor for Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. She is an elected member of American Society for Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians. She is the recipient of the Frank H Oski Lectureship Award from ASPHO, the Clinical Scholar Award from LLS and the Outstanding Investigator Award from the NCI. She was the recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Mentoring (2020), and the Distinguished Professor award from UAB (2021).

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May 13th, 2022

Emily S. Tonorezos, MD, MPH, serves as director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship, part of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In this position, Dr. Tonorezos leads NCI’s eforts to address the challenges facing cancer survivors and their families — to prevent or mitigate adverse effects and to improve the health and well-being of cancer survivors from the time of diagnosis through the remainder of their lives.

March 11, 2022:

Kimberly Miller, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences and Department of Dermatology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on understanding the health behaviors and healthcare systems factors important to cancer prevention and survivorship for children, adolescents, and young adults.

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April 8, 2022

Dr. Kristen Ness, PPT, PhD, FAPTA, joined the faculty at St. Jude in 2006 as an Assistant Member and was promoted to a Full Member in 2015. She is a physical therapist and clinical epidemiologist, with research focusing on recognizing, describing, and remediating functional limitations in childhood cancer survivors.

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