Since immigrating to the United States from Romania at 21, Ioana Engstrom has built her career on entrepreneurship, service, and building long-term trusting relationships no matter the industry in the global marketplace. Ms. Engstrom’s accomplishments range from taking one company from startup to successful global sales to turning around a video technology company focused on the Opera industry to successfully managing distributors in five continents for a water disinfection technology company including securing the largest sale in the company history to Coca Cola. Since retiring, Ms. Engstrom has been consulting in international market development for industries as diverse as wine distribution and non-toxic disinfection technology.
Ms. Engstrom has served on numerous service boards including the White House Conference on Small Business, the New Futures Foundation, and the Technology Industry Association, and the Board of FUSION Theater. She has a B.A. in Political Science/Asian Studies Magna Cum Laude and MBA Marketing/International Management from the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Nathalie Dauphin McKenzie is an award-winning, board-certified gynecologic oncologist with tremendous expertise and experience providing advanced surgical treatments including laparoscopic and robotic-assisted procedures for women with all types of gynecologic cancers. A cancer survivor herself, she provides compassionate, holistic, integrative, and state-of-the-art medical care. She is especially known for her expertise in radical debulking surgeries to remove advanced tumors and has a passion for cancer research.
Dr. McKenzie, who speaks four languages fluently, earned her medical degree with research honors in New York; completed residency and fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital & Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. She also earned her Master of Science in Public Health and Epidemiology with honors while completing her fellowship training after which she was inducted into the Honor Society of graduate and professional schools. She has received numerous awards and has been voted by medical staff as best physician colleague. Her innovative research initiatives during the early part of her career resulted in research funding awards and recognition. Most recently Dr. McKenzie was selected as one of 16 oncologists from all over the united states and the world to undergo extensive leadership training with the premier oncology society, ASCO. As a graduate of this leadership development program, she sits on national committees that monitor and provide guidance to oncology practices throughout the country.
With a passion for teaching, she serves as the current Program Director of Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship and has affiliate faculty appointments with the FSU and UCF Colleges of Medicine through which she regularly mentors students and residents.
In addition to teaching and research, Dr. McKenzie also sits on numerous boards for charity organizations, goes on surgical missions to impoverished areas internationally, and frequently lectures nationally and internationally.
Previously she was a Faculty member in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at UTMDACC. Dr. Smith is an active member of many pharmacy professional organizations. She has been Board Certified in Oncology Pharmacy and Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. Her research mission is to advance the progress of the safe and effective use of nutritional and herbal supplements with pharmacologic modalities as it relates to women’s health and cancer through innovative thinking, systematic methodology and collaborative interactions throughout the UTHealth System and global research community.
Dr. Christy completed a BA in Psychology, an MA in Counseling, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. In addition, Dr. Christy completed National Cancer Institute-funded predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in Behavioral Oncology.
Dr. Christy’s research aims to improve public health and reduce cancer disparities by promoting cancer preventive and early detection behaviors including human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and cervical cancer screening, among others. Much of her work is conducted with multidisciplinary collaborators and utilizes community-based participatory research approaches. Her program of research includes examining the associations between psychosocial factors, health beliefs, affect, social determinants of health, patient-provider communication, and engagement in cancer preventive and early detection behaviors as well as designing and evaluating the efficacy of low literacy educational interventions aimed at promoting cancer preventive and early detection behaviors.
She is board certified in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She is a member of multiple professional societies including American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and Society of Hospital Epidemiology of America. She has been running the Antibiotic Stewardship Committee and a member of the Infection Control Committee at AdventHealth for Children. She enjoys being able to diagnose, treat and prevent infections while exploring the wide variety of opportunities to improve health locally and globally. In addition to patient care and administrative duties, she has been involved in clinical research, quality improvement projects and teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows.
Rebecca’s interest in HPV and its relationship with cancer began whilst undertaking research for her BSc dissertation. The study was driven by her observations in clinical practice, both in the UK and Canada after completing an elective trip to the London Regional Cancer Program, London Health Science Centre (LHSC), Ontario. Rebecca’s experience highlighted the potential impact of a HPV diagnosis on an individual and their partner, and the variations in support and information available to facilitate open discussion on the topic.
Working with the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (BAHNO), Rebecca’s aim was to investigate whether UK healthcare professionals were equipped to provide information and support on HPV to patients diagnosed with cancer of the head and neck. This work has been published in the Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice and has led to opportunities working with experts in HPV related head and neck cancers from the Liverpool Head and Neck Centre. Based on the study findings, Rebecca has also led a project in conjunction with the multidisciplinary head and neck oncology team at LTHTR to implement an education package for healthcare professionals to support their understanding of high risk HPV and its connection to head and neck cancer.
Rebecca is passionate about removing the stigma often associated with HPV, and globally raising awareness by promoting the education of both health professionals and the public around the topic.
Prior to joining MSKCC, she worked in family planning with adolescent girls and a gynecology private practice caring for women across the lifespan. Her academic training includes completing a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health at Purdue University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The University of Miami, and a Master of Science in Nursing at Columbia University. She is also a member of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health and received additional training from the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH). Her career goal is to empower female patients and survivors with strategies to improve their quality of life, and she is actively involved in women’s health research, as well as lecturing on this topic with patients and clinicians both within and outside of MSKCC.
His research interests include understanding primary care providers’ barriers for recommending cancer screening and prevention, designing and implementing interventions tailored to primary care settings and adapted to diverse patient populations, and working with providers in the community serving large Latino populations to design new methods to implement evidence-based interventions into their practice settings.
Dr. Aragones is currently working in the areas of HPV vaccine practices among providers serving large minority populations; developing an intervention to promote the utilization of the HPV vaccine among children of Latino immigrants; and investigating a new model to disseminate and implement evidence-based practices to community physicians serving large Latino populations.
Peter graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University, attended NYU Medical School, and completed his Dermatology Residency training at Weill Cornell New York Hospital, where he was Chief Resident. He volunteers his time at the pediatric clinic at Cornell NY Hospital.
Peter wholeheartedly believes in the goals of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA) and is committed to help the organization foster and promote awareness, early detection and treatment of oral, anogenital, and Head and Neck cancers.
Dr. Lin works closely with her patients and their families to provide patient-centered and individualized care. She is the recipient of several awards for clinical excellence including “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly and Super Doctors. Her clinical interests and expertise include colorectal and anal cancer, minimally invasive colorectal surgery (laparoscopic and robotic), inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s & ulcerative colitis), HPV, and anorectal disorders.
Dr. Lin’s research interests include remote monitoring and innovative technology to improve patient engagement and quality of life, and quality improvement efforts to reduce disparities in adoption of telehealth, surgical site infections and length of stay.
Dr. Lin was recruited to join the UCLA Department of Surgery in 2011. She obtained a Master of Public Health degree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Lin attended medical school at Tufts University in Boston and general surgery residency at Brown University. She completed a colorectal research fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, followed by a colorectal clinical fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida. She was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis from 2007 to 2011 and served as the director of the Inherited Colorectal Cancer Registry. She is a member of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and is actively involved with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
Dr Giuliano’s career had its inception in the relationship between human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and cervical cancer in women, and has evolved over the past 30 years to encompass HPV and penile, anal, and oral cancers in men, as well as other infectious diseases and their causal relationships with various cancers. Her work has contributed significantly to our understanding of the rate at which HPV infections are acquired and cleared, the proportion that progress to disease, and also to HPV vaccine protection against multiple diseases in women and men.
An expert in the field of cancer research with a longstanding and successful record of National Institutes of Health funding since 1990, she has been actively involved in cancer epidemiology and prevention studies conducted among diverse populations in the United States and abroad. In the course of those endeavors, Dr Giuliano was a contributor to the 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report titled The Unequal Burden of Cancer and the 2005 International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) report that concluded for the first time that HPV is a cause of multiple cancers in women and men. Dr. Giuliano has been honored to receive two important awards from the American Cancer Society (ACS).
In 2013, at the ACS 100th anniversary, she was the recipient of the ACS Distinguished Achievement in Cancer Award. In 2018, she was selected for the ACS Clinical Research Professor Award for “Prevention of Infection-Related Cancers.” In 2019, Dr. Giuliano received the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) Fraumeni Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr Giuliano has authored >400 peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Blank’s research focus is on genetic predisposition to cancer, novel therapeutics and translational research, survivorship, quality of life, and fertility preservation. She serves on the Ovarian Committee of the national cooperative group NRG and has been a principal investigator for investigator-initiated as well as industry-sponsored and cooperative group trials. Dr. Blank is broadly published in peer-reviewed journals and text books and frequently presents at industry seminars and conferences on women’s gynecologic oncology issues. She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Super Doctors, and the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology Teaching Award, among others.
Dr. Blank serves on numerous boards and committees and is actively involved with many professional organizations, including the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, NRG Oncology, Foundation for Women’s Cancer, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She is a Member of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Gynecologic Oncology Division, through which she helps set the standards by which gynecologic oncologists are accredited. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors of SHARE and the Medical Advisory Board of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Dr. Blank received her undergraduate degree from Yale University, majoring in English and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center and a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. She is a 2020 fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program.
Dr. Araujo leads the scientific and dental research activities and manages the research agenda, including ADA policies and programs pertaining to the Council on Scientific Affairs; Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry; Research and Standards ADA Seal of Acceptance and Scientific Information. He provides administrative and scientific guidance within the Institute and agencies of the ADA to address current and emerging scientific issues that affect public health, patient care, dental practice, and national and international health programs. Dr. Araujo serves as the liaison to ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center and is the Scientific Advisor to the FDI Science Committee.
Prior to the ADA, Dr. Araujo held Research & Development senior positions in the pharmaceutical industry, both in dentistry as well as other therapeutic areas, including cardiology, nutrition, women’s health, among others, always aiming innovation in healthcare, dissemination of science and improvement of professional education and with academic research. His clinical work has been published in peer review journals, including JADA, benefitting dental practices across the world through global scientific program implementation.
Dr. Araujo held academic positions both in the United States and in Brazil, where he also practiced dentistry in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Araujo received his Doctor in Dental Surgery and earned a Certificate in Periodontology at Universidade Gama Filho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He received his Ph.D. in epidemiology and community health, and Master of Sciences, Oral Sciences from State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also completed a two-and-a-half year Fellowship in Periodontology research and teaching.
Dr. Posner has published more than 275 peer-reviewed basic laboratory and clinical studies and multiple reviews and abstracts. He has been principal investigator of RO1 grants in immunology and HIV and was Director of the Human Monoclonal Antibody Laboratory at the Roger Williams Medical Center, Brown University (1983-1991), and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School (1991-2010). Dr. Posner has been the principal investigator on numerous therapeutic and laboratory studies of immunotherapy and monoclonal antibodies in pemphigus, HIV, and nasopharynx cancer. He has been principal investigator on Phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical trials in Head and Neck Cancer and other cancers. He holds multiple patents in human monoclonal antibodies to infectious agents. He has a major interest in the immunobiology and therapeutics of Human Papillomavirus and oropharynx cancer and has served on numerous advisory boards for drug development and Data Safety Monitoring Boards for clinical trials.
Dr. Goodman’s interests include image-guide radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiotherapy, and intensity modulated radiotherapy treatment planning for gastrointestinal cancers with the intent of reducing toxicity and improving results with radiation therapy. She has also focused her research on quality of life and late effects after radiotherapy. In addition to her interest in technical advances in radiation oncology, she is involved in the development of therapeutic protocols combining radiation, chemotherapy, targeted agents, and immunotherapy for gastrointestinal cancers.
Dr. Goodman is an internationally recognized expert in gastrointestinal cancers and has served in numerous leadership roles on multiple national committees. She now serves as the Co-Chair of the NCI’s Gastrointestinal Steering Committee. She serves as the national Radiation Oncology principal investigator of the RTOG/NRG 0848 study, a phase III trial evaluating the use of post-operative radiotherapy for pancreatic cancer and the national study chair for the CALGB/Alliance 80803 trial evaluating PET-directed therapy for esophageal canceresophageal cancer. She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles, review articles, and chapters.
Dr. Goldstone has spoken at conferences around the world and has done extensive research on human papillomavirus (HPV). His work has been published in many prestigious medical journals. He has developed a surgical technique to treat anal HPV dysplasia and is currently involved in testing both prevention and treatment procedures for HPV. He is a member of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium. Dr. Goldstone is an expert on gay men’s health and authored the best-selling book The Ins and Outs of Gay Sex — A Medical Handbook for Men. He is past-president of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Alumni Board of Governors. He is the immediate past president of the International Anal Neoplasia Society and has a surgical practice in New York City.
Dr. Katz is also recognized as an expert in the field of prostate cryosurgery. In the early 1990s, he began using cryosurgery to treat and cure prostate cancers. His pioneer work in advancing the technology helped Medicare approve this therapy for treating radiation-recurrent tumors. Dr. Katz has trained over 100 Urologists internationally to perform cryosurgery in their hospitals. Dr. Katz has published more than 150 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has written five chapters for Urologic textbooks. He is currently the host of “Katz’s Corner”, a men’s health radio program aired every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on WABC Radio.
Dr. McDougall has received a number of awards: the Leo Davidoff Society Award for excellence in teaching medical students of Albert Einstein College of Medicine; an Excellence in Teaching Award at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. McDougall is a board-certified gastroenterologist. His practice is currently located in Midtown Manhattan where he continues to provide a wide array of gastroenterological services to patients with related disorders and diseases.
He has published extensively in peer review journals, and is an active member in a number of medical societies, including The American Gastroenterological Association, The American College of Gastroenterology, and The New York Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Her love for helping people and being a voice for others has been the driving force behind her being an innovative leader. Melissa serves as the Development Director for the Greater Delaware Valley chapter with JDRF where she recently led the charge for a virtual gala that raised over $2 million dollars. Prior to JDRF, she worked at Liberty Lutheran building relationships with external stakeholders, working on food insecurity and wellness issues for low income seniors, and became a co-facilitator for trainings that covered core competencies such as communication and listening, emotional intelligence, and diversity for internal stakeholders.
Melisa worked at Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia and built a volunteer program from zero to over 100 volunteers recruited to support the mission of serving food and providing social services to the homeless in Philadelphia. Her experience includes nonprofits from the NPR/PBS station (KERA) in Dallas, One Family, Inc. and she worked at Tufts University in Boston. Over the years, her roles varied from program development, volunteer management to fundraising and development work.
Melissa has lived in the Poconos, Dallas, Boston but her home state of NY where her heart lies. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. In 2017, she received her MBA from Temple University. Melissa lives in Philadelphia but still loves going home to the Bronx. In her spare time, she spends time with her family and friends and loves to travel.
Before joining UBC, Shazia served as a study coordinator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While at the NIH, Shazia coordinated intramural clinical trials across the various institutes, including the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Her work included direct parent/patient family interaction across various indications, including but not limited to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Shazia also served as a study coordinator for ClinSearch, a private research center where she supported protocols from various sponsors and therapeutic areas.
Shazia is a thought-leader in patient advocacy, with a desire to improve healthcare and integrate successful solutions that bring optimal access and diversity. Shazia is committed to support the organization in the advancement of awareness and education of HPV.
“I am very excited to join the HPV Alliance Board, and thrilled to be a part of this amazing group of leaders in healthcare with the uniform goal to help advance the prevention of HPV-related cancers through education, advocacy, and research.”
The majority of her time with clients is spent in major gift cultivation, relationship management, systems efficiency, and grant writing. Lauren has significant, advanced education in international public administration and has layered this acumen with certificates in fundraising management. Additionally, she’s a Certified Trainer of the StartingUp Now™ curriculum for nonprofit startups, helping them to architect the foundational lumber of their inspired vision.
Previously, Andrew was the Laurie M. Tisch Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) for 29 years. During that time, the Museum more than doubled its attendance and budget; secured funding for influential exhibitions and programs; implemented city, state and nationwide outreach projects in early childhood health and literacy; and committed to welcome and give voice to diverse communities. Major projects such as the nationally touring exhibition “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far,” exhibitions about American Jazz and the cultures of Japan and China and contemporary arts shows all engaged community members in leadership roles. To reach into the community, the Museum installed health and learning “hubs” in 30 homeless shelters and Head Start Centers citywide. Each hub features permanent exhibitory, graphics and initial programs to foster healthy living and early literacy.
In late 2017, Andrew successfully led the Museum’s effort to acquire 361 Central Park West as its new home, securing pledges for almost $50 million. The new site will double the amount of exhibition space and will accommodate more than twice the number of visitors than the current museum location.
Prior to his tenure at CMOM, Andrew was the first full time director of the Arts in Education Program for the New York State Council on the Arts, working in partnership with the State Education Department. He authored new guidelines and oversaw the funding of hundreds of projects each year. From 1977 to 1986, Ackerman was the Associate Director of The Jewish Museum and Director of Education, where he oversaw all educational initiatives, curated exhibitions and administered international projects.
Andrew is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Herbert H. Lehman College and earned a M.A. from the University of Michigan. He has served on the staff of archaeological excavations in Israel, published a book and numerous articles, delivered scores of conference speeches and appeared on national and local television.
Dan holds an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School, a BS in Economics cum laude from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and a certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Dan serves on the board of the Natural and Organic Health Association and regularly mentors start-up entrepreneurs in the health and wellness, green tech and non-profit industries.
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