Speakers

The Community Oncology Conference is designed by actual community oncologists and practice administrators, with sessions specifically relevant to the clinical, operational, and business challenges facing community oncology practices.

Keynote Speakers

Aharon “Ronny” Gal, PhD, BSc

Ronny Gal is the Senior Analyst at Bernstein covering US Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology. Prior to joining Bernstein in 2004, Ronny spearheaded Canon’s business development in life sciences. He also spent six years with the Boston Consulting Group, advising clients in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare delivery industries. Ronny was awarded a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a BSc from Emory University.

Sean Swarner

His first goal was to crawl 8 feet from the hospital bed to the bathroom. He went on to Redefine Impossible by climbing 29,035 feet to the top of Mt. Everest with one lung! From there he stood atop the highest point on all 7 continents, skied to the South and North Poles, and completed the Hawaii Ironman.

The first cancer survivor to stand on the top of the world! With only one functioning lung, a prognosis of fourteen days to live, and being in a medically induced coma for a year, Sean Swarner is the first cancer survivor to stand on top of the world… Mt. Everest. Sean has broken through defined human limitation in order to redefine the way the world views success.

Sean was diagnosed with two deadly, different, and unrelated forms of cancer, once at the age of thirteen and again at the age of sixteen. After an incredibly poor prognosis, and being read his last rites, Sean astounded the medical community when he survived both these brutal diseases. He realized that after defeating cancer twice, no challenge would ever be too great, no peak too high.

Sean proved his theory when he crested the peak of Mt. Everest. As the first cancer survivor to do so, Sean decided to continue climbing and has since topped the highest peaks in Africa, Europe, South America, Australia, Antarctica, and North America, thus completing the “7-Summits”. Upon skiing to both the South and the North Poles, Sean completed the Explorer’s Grand Slam.

With the completion of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, Sean is the only person in history to accomplish these inhuman feats.

As Sean continues to defy the odds, test his own endurance and inspire and motivate people around the world, he shares his message of healing, hope, and triumph with cancer patients worldwide. Sean also serves as a source of inspiration as the founder of the non-profit organization, The CancerClimber Association, as author of the book “Keep Climbing,” and as a motivational speaker to corporations, universities, and other organizations around the globe.

    Speakers

    Tony Abraham, DO, MPA

    NY Imaging Specialists

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    Robert Baird, Jr., RN, MSN

    National Cancer Treatment Alliance

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    Johanna Bendell, MD

    Sarah Cannon Research Institute

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    Johnetta Blakely, MD

    Tennessee Oncology

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    E. Randolph “Randy” Broun, MD

    OHC (Oncology Hematology Care, Inc.)

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    Roberta Buell, MBA

    onPoint Oncology, Inc.

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    Beth A. Curran

    Orange County Public Schools

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    Michael Diaz, MD

    Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute

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    Martin Dietrich, MD, PhD

    Florida Cancer Specialists & University of Central Florida

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    Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA

    Association of Community Cancer Centers

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    Rachel DuPré Brodie

    Purchaser Business Group on Health

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    Nicolas Ferreyros

    Community Oncology Alliance

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    Bo Gamble

    Community Oncology Alliance

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    Stuart Genschaw, MHA, MBA

    Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan

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    Lucio Gordan, MD

    Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute

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    Bobby Green, MD

    Flatiron Health

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    Rich Ingram, MD

    Shenandoah Oncology

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    Bret Jackson

    Economic Alliance of Michigan

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    Ben Jones

    The US Oncology Network

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    Deborah Kamin, RN, PhD

    American Society of Clinical Oncology

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    Jonathan E. Levitt, Esq.

    Frier Levitt, LLC

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    Edward Licitra, MD, PhD

    Astera Health Partners

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    Barbara L. McAneny, MD, FASCO, MACP

    New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants, LTD.

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    Rebecca McGrath

    Cardinal Health

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    Chris Murray, PhD

    The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders

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    Marcus Neubauer, MD

    The US Oncology Network

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    Todd O’Connell

    New York Cancer & Blood Specialists

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    Ted Okon, MBA

    Community Oncology Alliance

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    Ruth Opdycke, PharmD, MS

    Confidio

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    Joyce A. O’Shaughnessy, MD

    Texas Oncology, The US Oncology Network

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    Sonia Oskouei, PharmD, BCMAS, DPLA

    Cardinal Health

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    Kathy Oubre, MS

    Pontchartrain Cancer Center

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    Geoffrey R. Oxnard, MD

    Liquid Portfolio at Foundation Medicine

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    Sandeep Parsad, PharmD, MBA, BCOP

    PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program & University of Chicago Medicine

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    Kashyap Patel, MD

    Carolina Blood & Cancer Care Associates & Community Oncology Alliance

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    James Perry, MD

    Alliance Cancer Specialists

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    Jennifer Pichoske, MS, AOCNP, FNP

    Hematology-Oncology Associates of Central New York

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    Tomi Ramey

    CPAN Advocate/Survivor

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    Morvarid “Mo” Rezaie, DO, HMDC, FACOI

    The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders

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    Candace Shaffer, MS, CWPM

    Purdue University

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    Jeff Sharman, MD

    Willamette Valley Cancer Institute & Research Center & The US Oncology Network

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    Anthony “Nino” Sireci, MD

    Loxo Oncology

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    David Spigel, MD

    Sarah Cannon Research Institute & Tennessee Oncology

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    Alexander Spira, MD, PhD, FACP

    Virginia Cancer Specialists Research Institute, US Oncology Research & Johns Hopkins School of  Medicine

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    Brad Tallamy

    AmerisourceBergen

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    Lalan Wilfong, MD

    Texas Oncology

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    Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD

    Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance & Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center

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    Byeong Yoon

    Amgen

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    Conference Co-Chairs

    Stephen “Fred” Divers, MD

    Genesis Cancer Center & American Oncology Network

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    Debra Patt, MD, PhD, MBA

    Texas Oncology & The US Oncology Network

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    Jeffrey M. Patton, MD

    Tennessee Oncology & OneOncology

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    Alti Rahman, MHA, MBA, CSSBB

    Oncology Consultants

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    Barry Russo, MBA

    The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders & OneOncology

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    Jeffrey Vacirca, MD, FACP

    New York Cancer & Blood Specialists & OneOncology

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