Disparities in Cancer Care and Health Equity Summit 2021


FLASCO is bringing together leaders in cancer disparities and health equity to advance the understanding of and promote their elimination. Cancer disparities represent a major public health problem in our state, and across the country. Professionals from academic, industry, and the community are coming together, with the shared mission of closing health equity gaps, and developing and sustaining diversity and inclusion efforts in the health system of Florida. Together they will promote the exchange of novel ideas, discuss the latest findings in the field, and stimulate the development of new research, advocacy, and policy on cancer disparities.

Meeting Announcement


Hotel Accommodations

Venue: The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood
3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019

FLASCO has reserved a block of rooms at the Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, FL at the discounted rate of $279/night. In addition to the specified room rates, there will be an optional Resort Fee of $35/night, plus applicable taxes and fees.

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Lunch Symposium



PowerPoint Presentations

Multiple Myeloma and Hematologic Malignancies: Racial/Ethnic differences in Outcomes
Sikander Ailawadhi
Professor of Medicine, Hematology‐Oncology and Cancer Biology
Mayo Clinic, FL

Genetics and Outcomes in Colorectal Cancer Disparities
John M. Carethers, M.D., M.A.C.P

Determinants of Breast and Cervical Cancer Disparities in Hispanic Women in the United States
Gerardo Colon‐Otero, MD
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL

Cancer Disparities: A focus on Breast Cancer in the USA
Zeina Nahleh, MD, FACP
Regional Institute Chair for Cancer Cleveland Clinic Florida

Cancer health disparities and inequities: Compounding deleterious effects of covid‐19
Pascal Jean‐Pierre, PhD, MPH
Florida State University College of Medicine
Associate Professor and Director, Cancer Neurocognitive Translational Research Lab
Cancer Control & Survivorship Research Program
Chronic Diseases & Cognition Research Program

Cancer Health Disparities; Challenges and Solutions
Kashyap Patel, MD, AboiM, BCMAS
President, Community Oncology Alliance
Imm. past Chairman, Clinical Affairs, Association of Community Cancer Centers
Medical Director, International Oncology Network

Understanding Aggressive Breast Cancer in Women of African Descent
Shahla Masood, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville
Medical Director, UF Health Jacksonville Breast Center
Medical Director, UF Health Jacksonville Laboratories
UF Health Jacksonville

Disparities in access to hematopoietic transplantation: lessons and potential solutions
Krishna Komanduri, MD, FASCT
Kalish Family Chair in Stem Cell Transplantation
Chief, Division of Transplantation and Cellular Therapy
Professor of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology

Challenges of Prostate Cancer Diagnosis & Therapy to Achieve Health Equity
Folakemi T. Odedina, PhD
Prof & Site Director, Center for Health Equity & Community Engagement Research
Mayo Clinic, Florida

Disparities in Cancer Care and Health Equity Summit Explaining Lung Cancer
Taofeek K. Owonikoko, MD, PhD
Professor and Chief
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Department of Medicine
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Disparities in Cancer Care and Health Equity Summit
President Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO)
Chief Scientific Officer & Medical Director
Memorial Cancer Institute/Memorial Health Care System
Clinical Professor of Medicine/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University

Psychosocial Disparities Among Latina Breast Cancer Survivors
Betina Yanez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Director of Patient Engagement, Cancer Survivorship Institute
Member, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

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