Joining FORCEs Conference

Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer® is an international conference designed by and for people and families affected by hereditary cancer.

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Course Directors 

Sue FriedmanSusan Friedman, DVM
Founder and Executive Director
FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered



  Victoria Seewaldt, MD
  City of Hope
  Duarte, CA



Rebecca Sutphen, MDRebecca Sutphen, MD
University of South Florida College of Medicine
Tampa, FL




Confirmed Faculty

Kauser Ahmed, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Simms-Mann, UCLA Center for
Integrative Oncology

Arin Ahlum Hanson
Associate Director, Outreach and Partnerships
Manager, Young Women's Initiative
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Bala Cynwyd, PA

Sherry Baker
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Peoria, AZ

Marina Baroff
Senior Director, Service Innovation
Steps Through OC: Support for Life with Ovarian Cancer
A Project of The Clearity Foundation
San Diego, CA

Kim Reiss Binder, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Sharon Bober, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

Julie Breslow
Laguna Niguel, CA

Annie Brickel
Boca Raton, FL

Dana Bushman
Healdsburg, CA

David Bushman
FORCE Peer Support Group Leader
Fort Lee, NJ

Laurie Campbell
Executive Director
Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance
New York, NY

Lisa Cassileth, MD, FACS
Cassileth Plastic Surgery
Beverly Hills, CA 

Constance Chen, MD, FACS
New York, NY 

Jessica  Clague Dehart, PhD
City of Hope 
Duarte, CA

Susan  Domchek, MD
Basser Center for BRCA
Philadelphia, PA

Stephanie A. Fajuri, Esq
Cancer Legal Resource Center
Los Angeles, CA

Ramez Eskander, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
UC San Diego Health
San Diego, CA

Melanie Fiorella, MD
UC San Diego 
San Diego, CA 

Dory Ellen Fish, L.Ac
Bryn Mawr, PA 

Sherry Hite, MOT 
City of Hope
Duarte, CA

Jill Holdren
FORCE Peer Support Group Leader
Boulder, CO

Karen Hurley, PhD
Staff Psychologist, and Adjunct
Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic College of Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Vanessa Jacoby, MD
UCSF School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA

Pat Jolley, RN, BS
Director, Clinical Initiatives Case Management
Patient Advocate Foundation 
Hampton, VA

Veronica Jones, MD
City of Hope
Duarte, CA

Beth Karlan, MD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
West Hollywood, CA

Daniella Kamara, CGC
Genetic Counselor
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
West Hollywood, CA 

Maimah Karmo
Tigerlily Foundation
Stone Ridge, VA

Mary-Claire King, PhD
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Jamie Kostialik, MS, LCGC
Patient Engagement & Advocacy Specialist
Myriad Women's Health (Counsyl)
San Francisco, CA

Allison Kurian, MD
Stanford University Medical Center
Palo Alto, CA

Razelle Kurzrock, MD
UC San Diego Health Sciences 
San Diego, CA

Julie Lang, MD, FACS
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Los Angeles, CA

Matthew Lederman, MD
RMA of New York
New York, NY

Suzanna Lee, MPH
UC San Diego Health
San Diego, CA

Ellen Levine, PhD, MPH 
Levine Biopsychosocial Research Consulting
Castro Valley, CA 

Joshua Levine, MD, FACS
Breast Center for Reconstruction
New York, NY

Ghecemy Lopez, MAEd
Manager / Navigator 
Ronnie Lippin Patient Navigation & Support Program
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 

Mariela Macias, MD
Medical Oncologist
Sharp Rees-Stealy Otay Ranch
Chula Vista, CA

Lisa  Madlensky, PhD
UC San Diego Health
La Jolla, CA 

Susy Malca, CGC
St. Joseph Health
Orange, CA

Jessica  Mandell, CGC
King Laboratory, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 

Emily McLaughlin, MD
Plastic Surgeon
West Magnolia Plastic Surgery
Fort Worth, TX 

Lori Minasian, MD
NCI Division of Cancer Prevention
Rockvill, MD 

Bruce Montgomery, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle, WA 

Tracy Moore
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance
New York, NY

Angel Moses
FORCE Research Advocate
Richton Park, IL

Eva Moon
Playwright and Performer, The Mutant Diaries
Redmond, WA

Amanda Nixon
Regional Outreach Manager, West Region
Young Survival Coalition
San Diego, CA

Barbara Norquist, MD
UW Medicine
Seattle, WA 

Oscar Ochoa, MD
PRMA Plastic Surgery
San Antonio, TX 

Kelly Owens, PhD
Director, Education & Research
FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered 
Seattle, WA 

Carmen Pace, RN
FORCE Research Advocate, Peer Support Group Leader
Richmond, VA 

Barbara Pfeiffer
FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
Bayville, NJ

Rachel Pikelny
Siskel/Jacobs Productions
Chicago, IL 

Kimberly Podsada, MSN, NP-C
UC San Diego Health
La Jolla, CA

Kim Price
Director of Marketing and Strategy
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Jenny Pushka
Advocacy Relations Manager
Myriad Genetic Laboratories, Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT

Robert Rehnke, MD
The Center for Surgical Excellence
North Saint Petersburg, FL

Charite  Ricker, CGC
Keck School of Medicine USC
Los Angeles, CA

Marisol Rosas
FORCE Helpline Director 
Irvine, CA 

Joanna Rudnick
Director, Producer
In the Family 

C. Andrew Salzberg, MD
New York Group for Plastic Surgery
Tarrytown, NY

Ivis Sampayo
Senior Director of Programs
New York, NY

Aimee Sax, MSW
California Program Coordinator
Los Angeles, CA

Lisa  Schlager
Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy
FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
Washington, DC 

Richard Schwab, MD
UC San Diego Health 
La Jolla, CA 

Bárbara Segarra Vázquez MT, DHScD
School of Health Professions
University of Puerto Rico
Río Piedras, PR

Rachel Shapira, CGC  
UCLA Health
Los Angeles, CA 

Chrisandra Shufelt, MD
Los Angeles, CA 

Harvey Singer
HIS Breast Cancer Awareness
Honeoye Falls, NY

Krissa Smith, PhD
Director, Research Programs
Susan G. Komen
San Diego, CA

Anson Snow, MD
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Kathy Steligo
Author The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook
and Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer
San Carlos, CA

Cynthia Stuenkel, MD
UC San Diego 
San Diego, CA

KJ Surkan, PhD
Program in Women‟s and Gender Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139

Mark Tan, MD, FACS
City of Hope
Duarte, CA

Hailey Tipton, MPH
Administrative Director, Clinical Trials Office
UC San Diego Health
San Diego, CA 

Shaveta Vinayak, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Oncology
University of Washington/ Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, WA

Erica Wang, MD
Los Angeles, CA 

Piri Welcsh, PhD
Vice President, Education
FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
Seattle, WA

M. Whitten Wise, M.D.
Center for Restorative Breast Surgery
New Orleans, LA 

Donna L. Williams, DrPH
Director, Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control
LSUHSC School of Public Health
New Orleans, LA

Kate Wilson, MS, CGC
Associate Product Manager, Oncology
Advanced Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics
Tucker, GA

Amy Wu
Investigative Journalist 
Poughkeepsie, NY

Lisa Yee, MD
City of Hope Cancer Center
Oakland, CA

FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered