Speakers Bureau

Through Triage Cancer’s Speakers Bureau, cancer centers, hospitals, cancer organizations, and other groups that are coordinating educational events or cancer conferences can be connected with expert speakers on various cancer survivorship issues.

Triage Cancer's Speakers Bureau also includes cancer survivors and caregivers who have experience sharing their cancer journey with a variety of audiences. If you are planning an event, it is a good idea to request speakers as early as possible. Some of our speakers are often booked months in advance.

Below you can learn more about each speaker, sort speakers by particular areas of expertise, request a speaker directly, and read about potential topics that you may want to include in your next event!

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James Zabora


Dr. James Zabora has held many positions over his illustrious career.  He was the Executive Director of the Life with Cancer Program© for the Inova Health System in Northern Virginia.  Before that he was Dean and Professor of Social Work at the National Catholic School of Social Service  of The Catholic University of America for 10 years. Prior to that Dr. Zabora had a 20 year career at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  At Johns Hopkins, he was an Assistant Professor of Oncology in the School of Medicine with two secondary appointments as an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences & Health Policy and Management. As an administrator, he served as one of the five Associate Directors in the Comprehensive Cancer Center with a special focus on community programs and research. Dr. Zabora developed what was considered to be the best psychosocial services for cancer patients and their families in the United States. In addition, he was the administrator of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program for low-income women living in Baltimore City.  Currently, Dr. Zabora’s research continues to focus on cancer disparities, cancer prevention and control, community-based participatory research, psychosocial distress screening, problem-solving education, and quality of life among patients and their families.

Dr. Zabora is the former Editor of the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, and the author of over 80 papers and book chapters on cancer prevention, psychosocial screening and community program development, quality of life, and problem-solving education. Over the past three years, Dr. Zabora has delivered ten keynote addresses at international, national, and regional health care conferences, and over the past twenty years, he has presented over 300 invited lectures across the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

Dr. Zabora received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and his Doctor of Science degree from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, also in Baltimore, Maryland.

Topics: Caregiver Support, Health Disparities, Psychosocial Care Practice, Social Work Practice, Social Work Practice, Stress Management, Distress Screening