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As new standards of cancer care are being implemented nationwide and our health care system is changing, Triage Cancer hopes to be in the forefront of educating health care providers, and the cancer community in general, so that they can best utilize the valuable tools and resources that are available for their constituencies.

Triage Cancer collaborates with experts in the areas of medicine, mental health, nursing, social work, patient navigation, nutrition, oncofertility, law, employment, education, financial management, insurance, relationships, sexuality and intimacy, pain and palliative care, advocacy, and other areas of cancer survivorship.

The Triage Cancer Scientific Advisory Council provides guidance on substantive areas of cancer survivorship so that we may best serve the cancer community.


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Kimlin Ashing, PhD

Dr. Kimlin Tam Ashing is professor and director of the Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education at City of Hope.  She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Previous to her appointment at City of Hope, she spent 12 years conducting research at the University of California, Los Angeles advancing theoretical and methodological approaches as a behavioral scientist and psycho-oncologist.…

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Shreya Badhrinarayanan, MD

Dr. Shreya Badhrinarayanan is a member of Triage Cancer's Scientific Advisory Council and is the Medical Director for Clinical Development Oncology at Genentech, a subsidiary of Roche. In this role, she provides strategic direction for the development of new Immuno- Oncology drugs by leading cross-functional teams and conducting medical monitoring of clinical trials.

Prior to her current position, she served as a Physician with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, where she made significant contributions to clinical and research initiatives.…

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Fumiko Chino, MD

Fumiko Chino, MD is a cancer researcher, Assistant Attending in Radiation Oncology, and co-Lead of the Affordability Working Group at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is also one of the Directors at the Costs of Care group, a NGO working to improve affordability in healthcare.

Her research is focused on patient-centered care including the financial toxicity of cancer care and survivorship, healthcare disparities, equity, and access.…

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Jean Edward, PhD, RN, CHPE

Triage Cancer Scientific Advisory Council Member Jean Edward, is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at the College of Nursing, and Nurse Scientist for the University of Kentucky HealthCare's Markey Cancer Center.

Dr. Edward's program of research is focused on promoting equity in health care access, affordability, and health outcomes for underserved communities by intervening on the social determinants of health.…

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Fawzy I. Fawzy, MD

Affiliated with UCLA since 1973, Dr. Fawzy is Louis Jolyon West Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. He served as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Office of Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA from July 2008 to October 2011.…

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Patricia Ganz, MD

Dr. Patricia A. Ganz is a medical oncologist, and a member of the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine since 1978 and the UCLA School of Public Health since 1992.  Since 1993 she has been the Director of Cancer Prevention and Control Research at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.  In 1999 she was awarded an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship for “Enhancing Patient Outcomes across the Cancer Control Continuum,” and in 1999 and 2000 received the Susan G.…

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Jimmie C. Holland, MD

Dr. Jimmie Holland was the Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  As a psychiatrist for more than 30 years,  Dr. Holland devoted her career to helping patients, their families, and medical staff as they cope with the psychological burden of cancer and its treatment. Dr. Holland directed a support group for patients with lung cancer for over 15 years, and also co-lead a group for older adults who are coping with illness and cancer.…

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Susan Hong, MD, MPH

Dr. Susan Hong is the Director of Cancer Survivorship at VCU Massey Cancer Center. Prior to this position, Dr. Hong served as the Director of Cancer Survivorship at the University of Illinois where she established the first cancer survivorship program in the country to be housed within a Federally Qualified Health Center. As Director, she built a clinical cancer survivorship program that addressed the needs of minority and underserved cancer survivors while promoting transdisciplinary research and education.…

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Qasim Hussaini, MD

Dr. Qasim Hussaini is a medical oncologist and health systems researcher at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, with a research focus on health systems, law, and policy as it pertains to oncologic care. His current work examines disparities in financial/economic instability, neighborhood and social context, and how policy could be effectively utilized to improve care access and delivery.…

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Margaret Liang, MD, MS

Dr. Margaret Liang, MD, MS is a gynecologic oncologist and health services researcher at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She completed medical school and Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at The Ohio State University. She subsequently graduated from the Cedars-Sinai and UCLA combined Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship in 2017. During that time, she attained a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from UCLA.…

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Carrie Riccobono, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, OCN

Masters prepared Clinical Nurse Specialist with over twenty five years of progressive oncology health care experience in patient care practice, operations, management, education, and consultation in academic medical centers, community hospitals and clinics, multi-hospital organizations, and integrated health care systems. It is my calling, it is my honor to use my voice for every oncology patient to move evidence-based care forward.…

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Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, BCD, OSW-C

Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, BCD, OSW-C, is the Chief of Oncology Social Work at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has been an adjunct professor at Simmons College School of Social Work and Boston University School of Social Work., and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s first Hatcher Professor of Survivorship. She was the Breast Cancer Patient Advocate for and now writes a daily blog, “Living with Breast Cancer,” for BIDMC.…

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Leonard S. Sender, MD

Dr. Sender completed his medical school training at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He went on to complete his internship and residence in pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine.  To round out his medical training, Dr. Sender completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  In his more than 20 years of experience treating pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer patients and survivors, he has seen how the field of oncology has changed and how concerted efforts are now made to address patients’ ancillary needs, including fertility preservation, management of acute and chronic treatment effects, and to be sensitive to the psychosocial impacts of a cancer diagnosis on those just beginning their most productive years. …

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David Spiegel, MD

Dr. David Spiegel is the Jack, Lulu & Sam Willson Professor in the School of Medicine, Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and is founder and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975.…

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Tom Strouse, MD

Tom Strouse is Medical Director Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital (NPH) at UCLA.  Prior to becoming Medical Director at NPH, Dr. Strouse was Director of Psychosocial Services and Cancer Pain Management Services at the Outpatient Cancer Center.  Dr. Strouse's clinical expertise is in psychiatric aspects of medical illness and cancer pain management.  Dr. Strouse is a Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. …

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David Wellisch, PhD

Dr. David Wellisch is a Professor-in-Residence and Chief Psychologist of the Adult Division in the Department of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for 38 years. Dr. Wellisch has had a dedicated interest in clinical work and research with cancer patients and their families for his entire carrier. He has published 150 scientific articles and book chapters on psychological aspects of cancer.…

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Deane Wolcott, MD

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Robin Yabroff, PhD

Robin Yabroff, PhD, is an epidemiologist and Scientific Vice President, Health Services Research, at the American Cancer Society.  She conducts research on the economic burden of cancer; patterns of cancer care, including high-cost prescription drugs; health insurance benefit design; and patient, provider, and health system factors associated with quality and value of cancer care.

Dr. Yabroff has more than 20 years of health services research experience and currently has adjunct positions within the Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University and the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. …

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Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS

Dr. Zafar is a gastrointestinal medical oncologist and healthcare delivery researcher. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Policy at the Duke Cancer Institute and Sanford School of Public Policy. His research explores ways to improve care delivery for patients with cancer. He has advanced training in health services research and has participated in studies focusing on access to care, cost of care, and comparative effectiveness of care delivery between health systems.…

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Bradley Zebrack, PhD

Dr. Brad Zebrack is Professor of Social Work and Member, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Health Behaviors and Outcomes Research program. Dr. Zebrack has clinical social work experience in both pediatric and adult oncology, and has been an investigator on numerous research and training initiatives funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the Lymphoma Research Foundation, LiveStrong Foundation, and HopeLab, Inc.…




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