Members of the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women
- Chair: Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH
Dr. Partridge is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and serves as the Director of the Adult Survivorship Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She conducts research and specializes in the care of women with breast cancer, and founded and directs the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center to address the unique needs of women in their early 40s and younger.
- Raquel D. Arias, MD
Dr. Arias is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Keck School of Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC). She also serves as Associate Dean for Educational Affairs and for Admissions at the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Arias earned her B.A., from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and completed course work for her M.P.H. at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Arias served in the National Health Service Corps in Merced, California. She has been both Associate Director and Director of the Breast Diagnostic Center at LAC/USC Medical Center.
- Otis Webb Brawley, MD, FACP
Dr. Brawley is the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President for Research and Cancer Control Science for the American Cancer Society. Dr. Brawley is also a practicing oncologist. He previously served as Professor of Hematology and Oncology and Epidemiology at Emory University, Medical Director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and Deputy Director for Cancer Control at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. Dr. Brawley has been reappointed to serve on the ACBCYW.
- Elyse Spatz Caplan, MA
Ms. Caplan, a 20-year breast cancer survivor, joined the non-profit Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) in 2000. Currently Director of Programs and Partnerships, she oversees LBBC’s programming including national conferences, teleconferences, Helpline, and presentations for healthcare professionals. She works with organizations to form partnerships that extend LBBC’s reach. Previously, she served as coordinator for cancer clinical trials at Albert Einstein Medical Center, as a consumer reviewer for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, and grant reviewer for the Avon Foundation. She received LBBC’s Founders Award in recognition of her dedication to educating women affected by breast cancer. Ms. Caplan holds an M.A. degree in Speech Pathology from Montclair State University and is a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD scientific training course.
- Sue Friedman, DVM
After being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, and subsequently learning that she carried a breast cancer (BRCA) gene mutation, Dr. Friedman founded and became executive director of the national organization, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE). FORCE addresses the need for credible information, support, resources, and advocacy for people and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Dr. Friedman developed and directs all FORCE educational, support, and advocacy programs. Because hereditary breast cancer often occurs at a younger age than sporadic breast cancer, many of FORCE’s programs focus on young women with, or at high-risk for breast cancer. Dr. Friedman has more than a decade of experience addressing the unique needs of these women. She serves on many research advisory boards and participates at the national level in panels and workshops focused on policy, research, and regulatory issues in cancer and genetics.
- Generosa Grana, MD, FACP
Dr. Grana is Director of the Cooper Cancer Institute, head of the division of hematology/medical oncology at Cooper University Hospital, and an associate professor of medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She focuses her clinical practice, community education efforts, and research on breast cancer, cancer and genetics, and cancer prevention.
- Susan E. Kutner, MD
Dr. Kutner has been a general surgeon with a subspecialty practice in breast surgery at the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center since 1984. From 1996 to 2001, she was Chief of the Department of Surgery. Since 1995, Dr. Kutner has served as chair of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Breast Care Task Force. She is also chair of the Kaiser Permanente Interregional Breast Care Leaders Group. Dr. Kutner works as a Clinical Consultant with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research on a number of breast cancer related projects, including Pathways: A Study of Breast Cancer Survivorship. She has been a member of several national organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Breast Cancer Fund. Dr. Kutner has also been a climber and team doctor for the Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds with expeditions to Mt. Fuji, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Shasta.
- Brandon Hayes-Lattin, MD
Dr. Hayes-Lattin is the Medical Director of the Knight Cancer Institute Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Dr. Hayes-Lattin is a leader in developing the new discipline of adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology. He is the first medical co-chair of the Lance Armstrong Foundation's LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance and a member of the National Cancer Institute's Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Progress Review Group.
- Karen Kelly Thomas, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Kelly Thomas is an experienced nurse executive and CEO of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), a professional society of almost 7,500 professionals dedicated to promoting optimal health for children through leadership, practice, advocacy, education, and research.
- Karen (Dow) Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN
Karen M. Meneses is Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and Co‐Leader of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research focus is cancer survivorship and interventions to improve quality of life in cancer survivors and their families. Dr. Meneses has conducted research specifically with young women with breast cancer. She was director of the Fertility and Cancer Project, a web‐based support and education program aimed at young breast cancer survivors having fertility concerns after treatment. Dr. Meneses was an invited participant to the 1993 National Cancer Institute meeting that reviewed the scientific evidence on breast cancer in young women. She also served as a reviewer for the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management and Support of Younger Women with Breast Cancer.
- Lisa A. Newman, MD, MPH, FACS
Dr. Newman is a surgical oncologist, Associate Professor of Surgery, and Director of the Breast Care Center for the University of Michigan. Prior to assuming her current position at the University of Michigan, Dr. Newman served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the MD Anderson Cancer Center with a full-time commitment to research and clinical practice in the Surgical Breast Section, and was Associate Director for the Walt Breast Center at Wayne State University for two years.
- Rochelle Lee Shoretz, JD
Ms. Shoretz is Founder and Executive Director of Sharsheret, a national organization of cancer survivors dedicated to addressing the unique concerns of young Jewish women facing breast cancer. In 1999, she served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ms. Shoretz, a two-time breast cancer survivor, founded Sharsheret in 2001, to connect young Jewish women fighting breast cancer following her own diagnosis at age 28. Ms. Shoretz has been reappointed to serve on the ACBCYW.
- Jeanne L. Steiner, DO
Dr. Steiner is an Associate Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. She serves as the Medical Director of the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), where she oversees programs in quality improvement, clinical risk management, and medical staff affairs. She is involved in initiatives to improve the health of individuals with serious mental illness who are served by the center and throughout the public system in Connecticut.
- Donald Warne, MD, MPH
Dr. Warne is the Medical Director of the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen's Health Board, as well as the former President of the Board of the Native American Community Health Center, Inc., and President and CEO of the American Indian Health Management and Policy, Inc. (AIHMP). Dr. Warne has served on numerous boards and committees and has received several awards for his contributions to minority health policy and medicine.