Laura Wood has 25 years of experience as an oncology nurse in a variety of clinical settings. She has been involved in the care of cancer patients participating in clinical trials since 1994, and is currently the Renal Cancer Clinical Research Coordinator in the Solid Tumor Oncology Program at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the Cochair of the Kidney Cancer Association Nursing Advisory Board, coordinating and providing expertise in the
development of education materials and web based information for patients and their loved ones.
Laura is active in the local and national Oncology Nursing Society and a member of the Clinical Trials and Biotherapy Special Interest Groups of the Oncology Nursing Society. A national and international lecturer on topics related to
oncology nursing, and has authored many book chapters and journal articles on therapeutic approaches and nursing care in the management of cancer, with a focus in kidney cancer.
Laura was the recipient of the 2012 Oncology Nursing Society Clinical Lectureship Award, the 2005 Emma Barr Award for Clinical Excellence from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and the 2004 Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Biotherapy Nursing Award.
Teresa Knoop is an Assistant Director of the Clinical Trials Shared Resource at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, TN. She graduated from Murray State University in Murray,KY with a BSN and earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Teresa is an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse through the Oncology Nursing Society and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional through the Society of Clinical Research Associates. She has published articles in nursing journals and speaks frequently on the topics of molecularly targeted cancer therapies and cancer clinical trials.
Elizabeth is an advanced practice nurse currently employed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock as a nurse practitioner in the Gastrointestinal Program in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. She is the chair of the NCCC Survivorship Steering Committee and chair of the Psycho-oncology Subcommittee. She has over thirty year’s oncology experience and has worked in a variety of practice settings including radiation oncology and medical oncology. Elizabeth has extensive clinical expertise and holds certification as an Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, as well as an Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioner and an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. Elizabeth is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, an Associate Professor of Nursing in the DNP program at Northeastern University and Adjunct Faculty for graduate nursing at Colby-Sawyer College.
Linda Penwarden is an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at St. Luke’s
Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise, Idaho. She is also a Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Surveyor for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). She has over 29 years of experience in oncology nursing.
Linda’s views on cancer have changed over the years. In addition to her career, she has personal experience being the caregiver for her former husband who passed away from prostate cancer in 2011. The following year, she spent 6 weeks caring for her Dad during the final stages of his cancer experience.
In 2014, Linda was diagnosed with locally advanced breast cancer. Two surgeries, 5 months of chemotherapy, 6 weeks of radiation, and ongoing endocrine therapy have helped Linda appreciate what her patients have experienced for years. She believes that there are insights and lessons to be shared with other oncology professionals, and a greater understanding for
the varying perceptions of cancer by caregivers and patients.
Ms. Ross has over eleven years of total nursing experience in Oncology, including practice as Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner. She has been a Nurse Practitioner for six years and has practiced at the University of Pennsylvania in Radiation Oncology, and more recently at Fox Chase Cancer Center in GI Medical Oncology. She has been Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty for La Salle University since 2010. Her interests include symptom management and patient education.
Joanna is a cancer rights attorney, author, speaker, and CEO of Triage Cancer, a national nonprofit organization connecting people to cancer survivorship information and resources through a national speakers bureau, educational events, and online tools.
Joanna has spent more than twenty years working on behalf of individuals with cancer, including five as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, teaching a seminar in Cancer Rights Law, and eight at the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s Psychosocial Care Program and Positive Appearance Center.
Joanna has presented hundreds of educational seminars on employment, insurance, health care, and advocacy issues throughout the country for patients, survivors, caregivers, health care professionals, advocates, lawyers, employers, and the general public.
In addition, Joanna serves on numerous cancer community committees and boards, including as Chair of the Board of Directors for the California Division of the American Cancer Society, the National Advisory Board of CancerForward, and the Stupid Cancer Survivorship Advisory Council. She has also served on the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association’s Breast Cancer Task Force.
She has been published in a variety of publications, such as Psycho-Oncology, Coping with Cancer, Women, and Ability Magazine. In 2009, she also contributed to a book entitled, “Work and Cancer Survivors.” She has co-authored a book on Cancer Rights Law for the American Bar Association (to be released in 2015).
Mrs. Morales has received numerous awards and recognition for her service to the cancer community and her work in the area of legislative advocacy, such as the 2009 Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Public Policy Advocate of the Year. In 2010, she was also recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 20 Attorneys in California Under the Age of 40.
She also serves as Principal of North Star Alliances, a business and nonprofit consulting and service firm. Mrs. Morales received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations from the University of California Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School Los Angeles.
Mrs. Morales can be followed on Twitter @CancerRights.
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Dr. Anne Katz is the certified sexuality counselor at CancerCare Manitoba and Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Manitoba Prostate Centre. In these roles she counsels men and women with a history of cancer who are experiencing sexual and relationship challenges. She also supports couples through recurrence and treatment decisions at that point. She is the fertility preservation counselor for the organization and also runs a sexual rehabilitation program for women after radiation therapy.
Dr. Katz is the editor of the Oncology Nursing Forum, the premier research journal of the Oncology Nursing Society. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.
She has educated health care providers and cancer survivors about cancer, sexuality, and survivorship around the world and is an avid blogger for ASCO Connections.
She is the author of 13 books for health care providers and health care consumers on the topics of illness and sexuality as well as cancer survivorship. Two of her recent books have won prestigious awards, including the SSTAR 2015 Consumer Book of the Year Award for her book Prostate Cancer and the Man You Love: Supporting and Caring for your Partner and the 2016 Prose Award for Meeting the Need for Psychosocial Care in Young Adults with Cancer. Her most recent work, A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Cancer and Obesity was published by the Oncology Nursing Society in 2017.
Anne has been an oncology nurse for more than 30 years. She is currently the Clinical Director, Ambulatory Solid Tumor Program at the City of Hope
National Medical Center in Duarte, CA. In addition, she is currently the Nursing Lead for the implementation of ConnectHope which is City of Hope & enterprise-wide electronic health record.
Prior to relocating to California, she was the Director of Clinical Practice & Innovation for Nursing Services at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont where she also served as the Clinical Architect for the implementation of their electronic health record. She was the Director for Oncology Nursing at UVMMC and held a variety of roles in the Vermont
Cancer Center during her 20+ years in Vermont.
Prior to moving to Vermont, she was an Oncology Nurse and a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Toronto, Ontario at Sunnybrook Health Science Center.
Anne has been active in the Oncology Nursing Society at the local and national level and most recently completed a three year term on the national ONS Board as a Director at Large.
Anne received her BSN from the University of New Brunswick and her MScN from the University of Toronto.
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