Speakers

John Allen, Danielle Augustin, Mark Birdwhistell, Marilyn Burke, Jessica Burris, Lindi Campbell, Charles Dietrich III, Robert DiPaola, Michael Ehrie, Danielle Franklin, Elizabeth Franklin, Holly Gallion, Amit Goldberg, Randy Halbig, Dong (Dan) Han, Jacqueline Hanson, Dianna Holtzhauer, Jon Hourigan, Megan Jaspersen, Susan Lephart, Terra Lucas, Ashish Maskey, Ouita Michel, Jordan Miller, Timothy Mullett, Lindsey Mullis, Karen Pollitt, Reshma Ramlal, Andrew Savoie, Beverly Shackelford, Katie Shepard, Robert Slocum, Caryn Sorge, Karen Stachon, Cheri Tolle, Morgan Turner, Thomas Varghese, Richard Wender

John Allen

John C. Allen is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kentucky's academic medical enterprise UK HealthCare in Lexington. In this role, John is responsible for clinic operations, strategic planning, fiscal management and recruitment of faculty and staff. John has developed several community-based practices in Lexington and across the state. His most recent outreach activity utilizes telemedicine and ultrasound imaging for high-risk pregnancies in underserved and/or rural areas. John also assists the Enterprise with network development and financial analysis of new practice acquisitions and partnerships for various departments and service lines. John has over thirty years of health care experience, holds a Master's in Business
Administration, and is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) through the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

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Danielle Augustin, MS

Disability Education Health Coach
Human Development Institute
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Danielle is the Disability Education Health Coach for the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky. She provides health coaching, education, and programming to individuals with disabilities and the communities that serve them across the state of Kentucky. She holds her bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Mount Union along with her masters degree in health promotion from the University of Kentucky. She is also a certified health and wellness coach through WellCoaches, a nationally recognized coaching organization. Danielle works across multiple projects at HDI including Project CHEER funded by the Centers for Disease Control aimed to provide education and resources to the disability community, Project WellnessEdge funded by the Administration on Community Living which provides money and technical assistance to organizations across the state which promote recreation for individuals with paralysis, and The Mental Health and Developmental Disability National Training Center which provides education and resources to providers and community members about best practices related to co-occurring mental illness and developmental disabilities. Danielle aims to create an inclusive health coaching program for individuals with disabilities in order to help them build self-efficacy and foster habits towards living a holistically healthy lifestyle.

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Mark Birdwhistell, MPA

Vice President
Administration and External Affairs
Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Mark Birdwhistell is Vice President for Administration and External Affairs for UK HealthCare at the University of Kentucky. In this capacity, he oversees all administrative activities within the UK HealthCare system and represents UK HealthCare at the local, state and national levels.

Mr. Birdwhistell served as a Special Adviser to the Kentucky Governor’s Office and Cabinet for Health & Family Services to assemble a team of experts to assist in the drafting of a Medicaid waiver solution for the Commonwealth that addresses the financial unsustainability of the current Medicaid program.

Prior to this position, Mr. Birdwhistell served in senior leadership roles in the private and public sector, including Secretary for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services and Chief Executive Officer for CHA Health.

During his tenure as Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Birdwhistell received recognition from the federal government, advocacy organizations and the national media for his role in the design of Kentucky's progressive Medicaid modernization agenda. He also championed and secured passage of legislation for social worker safety reform and promoted efforts to improve services for Kentucky’s aging population.

Mr. Birdwhistell serves as chair for the Board of Directors of 340B Health, an organization of over 1,200 hospitals that participate in the federal 340B drug discount program. He currently serves on the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and Nominating Committee. He is actively involved in both 340B Health and America’s Essential Hospitals. He provides guidance to 340B Health’s government relations team and is taking an active role in encouraging the Kentucky delegation to support 340B advocacy efforts.

Mr. Birdwhistell has received numerous awards for his achievements in the area of healthcare and disability rights. He earned his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Kentucky Martin School for Public Policy.

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Marilyn Burke, LMT

Massage Coordinator/Massage Therapist LMT
Integrative Medicine and Health Services
UK Healthcare
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Marilyn is a licensed massage therapist who has been in practice since 2003 and a Reiki practitioner since 2000. She is currently the massage coordinator for the Integrative Medicine & Health Services Department at UK Healthcare. Marilyn has also worked in chiropractic and private practice settings. She has trained with hospice, has advanced training in oncology massage and is certified in myoskeletal alignment, prenatal, pediatrics, infant massage and polarity therapy. Marilyn has also trained in many other holistic therapies. She teaches Reiki, guided meditation and stress management in private practice. It was because of her mother and neighbors journey with cancer that Marilyn sought a career using massage therapy to help others.

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Jessica Burris, PhD

Assistant Professor
Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Psychologist
Women’s Health Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Jessica L. Burris, PhD is a graduate of the University of Kentucky clinical psychology doctoral program who subsequently completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Member of the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky. A licensed psychologist who practices at a women’s health primary care clinic, Dr. Burris has clinical expertise in behavioral medicine and brief interventions. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Burris conducts research that spans the continuum from cancer prevention to cancer control, all with a focus on the health risk behavior of tobacco use. Recently, Dr. Burris has focused on investigating the “ins and outs” of tobacco cessation, all with a goal of delivering more effective interventions to cancer survivors who smoke.

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Lindi Campbell

President/Founder
Breath of Hope KY, Inc.
Lexington, Kentucky

Less than two years ago, Lindi faced a life altering thoracotomy surgery to remove two lobes of her right lung when pathology revealed the nodule growing inside her lung was cancer. Since her diagnosis, she has been on a mission to spread awareness about the impact early detection has on survivorship and speaks out to help erase the stigma. Lindi grew up around second-hand smoke and radon and wants others to be aware that anyone can get lung cancer. Her proactive approach towards spreading awareness provides a rare glimpse into a stage 1 lung cancer survivor’s perspective on awareness, prevention and early detection of the disease. She started her nonprofit organization to create a community of support for lung cancer survivors and their families and to raise money for lung cancer in Kentucky to support organizations dedicated to survivorship. Lindi was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and master’s degree from Western Kentucky University in Communications. Aside from the work she does with her nonprofit and her upcoming charity event, Lindi has worked alongside her husband at their CPA firm, Campbell & Company, CPA, PLLC as Business Manager for the past 12 years.

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Charles Dietrich III, MD

Associate Professor
Gynecologic Oncology Division
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Charles S. Dietrich III, MD, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at UK.

Dietrich is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and in the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology. He joined the UK Markey Cancer Center Division of Gynecologic Oncology after retiring as a colonel from the U.S. Army. During his military career, he served as a general surgeon during Operation Iraqi Freedom and as a battalion surgeon during Operation New Dawn.

Dietrich’s interests include novel treatments for gynecologic malignancies, robotic surgery and humanitarian missions. He recently co-led a medical mission to Bangladesh to support USAID efforts to eradicate fistula in the South Asian country.

Dietrich holds an appointment as associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology in the UK College of Medicine. His current primary research focus is on HIPEC use in ovarian cancer, sentinel lymph node mapping in endometrial cancer, and ovarian cancer screening.
He is active in the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and is a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Robert DiPaola, MD

Dean
College of Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. DiPaola earned BS and MD degrees at the University of Utah, completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in hematology-oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

With considerable experience in the area of translational research with a primary focus on the study of prostate cancer, he was one of the earliest investigators to target the degradation of bcl-2/apoptosis and autophagy/cancer metabolism in both the laboratory and clinic as a means to restore drug sensitivity in prostate cancer; and clinical studies that have had impact on standards of care, including recent studies published as senior author in high impact journals including the New England Journal of Medicine (2015) and Lancet (2016). His accomplishments in the area of translational research are also underscored by grants from the NIH, Department of Defense, ACS, and private foundations, as well as additional prior publications in other prominent journals including the JAMA, Cell, Arch Intern Med, Genes & Devel, Clinical Cancer Research, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He is currently Multi-PI of an NCI/NIH Therapeutics UM1 Grant with Ohio State and is a full member of multiple NCI/NIH committees, including the Investigational Drug Steering Committee and NCI/NIH IRG Subcommittee A (Parent Committee) for cancer centers review, of which he was elected Chair in August 2016.

He has also had considerable experience in leadership and administration: at Rutgers leading the growth, restructuring, and integration of an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center as a full financial responsibility center within a large state University matrix; the creation and launch of a full clinical service line; and programmatic multidisciplinary research initiatives with an emphasis on building upon academic strengths bridging multiple schools and institutes.

At the University of Kentucky, he is leading efforts at state-wide campus expansions, new educational and research initiatives, executive leadership within the healthcare system and academic activities of the College of Medicine and the University.

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Michael Ehrie, MD

Private Practice
Pulmonary Medicine
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital
Ashland, Kentucky

Dr. Ehrie was raised in Ashland, Kentucky. He graduated from Paul G. Blazer Ashland High School. Dr. Ehrie did his premed studies at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. His Medical School education was at the University of Louisville where he graduated with a MD and a Master's Degree. Dr. Ehrie did his Internship and Residency in Anatomic Pathology at the Peter Brent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He then did an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and a Pulmonary Fellowship at Duke University in Durham, NC. Dr. Ehrie returned to Ashland, KY where he has been in private practice of Pulmonary Medicine for 38 years. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine.

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Danielle Franklin

Director
Community Development
Highlands Health System
Prestonburg, Kentucky

Danielle Franklin Harmon is Director of Community Development for Highlands Health System in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, and a graduate of the National Leadership Academy for Public’s Health. Danielle has worked in the non-profit sector for the past nine years, both as a Community Service Block Grant Director for Big Sandy Area Community Action and now in a healthcare setting for Highlands Health System. Danielle specializes in program and event planning and implementation, strategic planning, community needs assessments, grant management and coalition creation. She is passionate about helping the people of Eastern Kentucky better their health and wellness, animal advocacy, and red wine (for her heart health, of course).

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Elizabeth Franklin, MSW

Executive Director
Cancer Policy Institute
Cancer Support Community
Washington, DC

Elizabeth Franklin is Executive Director of the Cancer Policy Institute (CPI) at the Cancer Support Community (CSC). CSC is the largest provider of social and emotional support services for cancer patients and their loved ones in the United States. Elizabeth previously held positions at the George Washington University Cancer Institute, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and the headquarters of the National Association of Social Workers. Elizabeth is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, She has a MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BSW from the University of Kentucky.

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Holly Gallion, MD

Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Adjunct Faculty
University of Pikeville Kentucky
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pikeville, Kentucky

Dr. Holly Gallion has experience in academic medicine, community practice as well as industry experience. She received all of her medical training at the University of Kentucky, completing her fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology in 1985. During Dr. Gallion's tenure at UK, she was active in both the clinical and research arena and was promoted to full professor with tenure in 1996. In 2001, she moved to the University of Pittsburgh as Director of Ovarian Cancer Center of Excellence where she established a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Gallion has served as Vice President for Clinical Affairs in a startup biotechnology company in the personalized medicine space from 2004 to 2011 and subsequently returned to the practice of Gynecologic Oncology at Pikeville Medical Center. She returned to the University of Kentucky in the spring of 2018 as a Full Professor in Gynecologic Oncology, with mainly clinical practice and teaching responsibilities.

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Amit Goldberg, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Hematology/BMT
Director, Inpatient Operation and Division of Hematology
University of Kentucky
College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Amit Goldberg is a practicing Hematologist/Oncologist in Lexington, KY with a special interest in Hematologic malignancies as well as TeleHealth specifically in Benign Hematology in order to provide better care to rural Kentuckians.

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Randy Halbig

Marketing
Owensboro Health
Owensboro, Kentucky

With 28 years of experience in marketing, advertising and branding, Randy has been fortunate enough to aide, develop or assist in the development of story building for countless brands, many of which are healthcare brands. With traditional ad agency experience in Lexington, Evansville, IN as well as Owensboro, he began designing and developing consumer-focused ad campaigns with a keen focus on results. Then, 20 years ago, Randy began seeing the advantage and increasing impact of the term ‘branding’ rising in importance and have worked diligently to understand, comprehend and communicate its value to those he serve. With 18 years at Owensboro Health, Randy began consistently implementing the notion of branding house-wide on numerous key projects, all with the patient specifically in mind. With brand-building then as his passion, he saw how well it best served patients in helping them get, and stay, well throughout the course of their lives.

With an undergraduate Art and Graphic Design degree from Brescia University in Owensboro, Randy began pursuing an MFA in Film and Video Storytelling from Asbury located in nearby Wilmore, KY. Pleased to support Owensboro Health’s great cancer care team, he is humbled and honored to play a small part in this year’s Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network Cancer Care Conference.

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Dong (Dan) Han, PsyD

Associate Professor, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Neurology/Neuropsychology
College of Medicine
Chief, Neuropsychology Service
UK HealthCare
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Dan Han is the Chief of Neuropsychology Service’s Clinical Section at UK HealthCare, and Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He is the past president of the International Society of Neurogastronomy, past president of the Lexington Board of Brain Injury Alliance, and the current Chair of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board for the Association of the U.S. Army – McMillan Chapter. He is a Blavatnik nominee in Life Sciences by The New York Academy of Sciences, and recipient of the Honor the Fallen Soldier Patriot Medallion by the Association of the U.S. Army – McMillan Chapter, Kentucky Psychological Association’s Jack Runyon Service Award, and International Society of Neurogastronomy’s Founder’s Award. Dr. Han is a funding recipient of federal and state mechanisms, foundational grants, and clinical trials involving studies of brain–behavior relationship, and curriculum and program development. His work gauges diagnostic and neurorehabilitation models in clinical and translational settings. His work has been featured in Newsweek, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, BBC, CBC, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Business Insider, New Scientist, STAT News, Brain World, and APA Monitor on Psychology.

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Jacqueline Hanson, RYT 500, MS, NBC-HWC, TTS

Health Coach
UK Health and Wellness
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Jackie Hanson is a Health Coach for UK Health & Wellness. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a master’s in Health Promotion. Her vast experience in wellness over the past 20 years allowed her to gain experience in a wide array of areas: worksite wellness, corporate wellness and independent business. She holds multiple certifications related to fitness and holistic health; she is a certified health & wellness coach, a tobacco treatment specialist, a 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and a Nia Dance White Belt. Jackie’s passion is to encourage people to see and live in their truest essence as it relates to health and well-being. She encourages people to nourish body, mind and spirit and to live freely and lightly as our souls were meant to live

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Dianna Holtzhauer, APRN

Nurse Practitioner
Adolescent Young Adult Oncology Program
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

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Jon Hourigan, MD

Associate Professor, General Surgery
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. John Hourigan is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Kentucky and also the Cancer Liaison Physician to the Markey Cancer Center, Kentucky’s only NCI designated cancer center. He also serves as the Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. During the past 11 years of surgical practice, Dr. Hourigan has dedicated his career to serving Kentucky’s patients and helping them overcome their colon and rectal diseases. A large amount of his practice is focused on the surgical care of colon cancer. He is also involved in educating with Kentucky’s primary care providers improve the understanding regarding the screening and treatment of colon cancer. Through this, Dr. Hourigan has developed a collegial relationship with several primary care providers and referring physicians in the community that serve Kentucky’s rural Appalachia. He intends on leveraging this network and helping Dr. Madabhushi gain access to the target population for his study titled “Barriers to Surgical Cancer Treatment in Kentucky’s Appalachia Patients”. Furthermore, Dr. Hourigan will serve as a clinical mentor for Dr. Madabhushi and help him enhance his clinical knowledge regarding the treatment and care for patients with colon cancer.

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Megan Jaspersen, MS

Inclusive Health Coordinator
Human Development Institute
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Megan Jaspersen is the Inclusive Health Coordinator at the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky. Partnering with the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, she provides holistic health programming for individuals with a variety of backgrounds interests, and needs, focusing on self-determination, leadership, and goal setting. Additionally, she is a certified master trainer for Healthy Lifestyles: Making Opportunities for Healthy Living and trains providers and community members to offer the program across the state. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and her master’s degree in Health Promotion along with a graduate certificate in developmental disabilities from the University of Kentucky. She has professional experience providing health promotion programming, teaching health sciences to grades K-12, and working with individuals with disabilities in various settings. Megan is also a certified Health Promotion Clinical Director for Special Olympics.

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Susan Lephart, PhD

Animal Assisted Therapy Coordinator
Integrative Medicine and Health
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Susan spent 25 years in nonprofit leadership, sports medicine and research after receiving her PhD in exercise physiology and sports medicine from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon moving to Lexington three years ago, her interests as an amateur dog trainer with her two Welsh springer spaniel therapy dogs, Inde and Boogie Woogie, led her to volunteer service at UK HealthCare. She recently joined the Integrative Medicine & Health program as the coordinator for the growing animal-assisted therapy program. She is focused on advancing the development of this program and also on conducting future research to further establish its efficacy.

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Terra Lucas, MS, LGC

Licensed Genetic Counselor
Markey Cancer Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Terra Lucas is a Licensed Genetic Counselor at the University of Kentucky’s NCI-Designated Markey Cancer Center located in Lexington, Kentucky. Terra obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and her Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. She also completed the City of Hope Intensive Course in Community Cancer Genetics and Research Training in 2016 as well as a Public Health Fellowship for genetic counselors and genetic counseling students in 2019. Terra has been providing cancer genetic counseling services since 2015. Her primary roles are seeing patients in a clinical setting and supervising genetic counseling students. She is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

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Ashish Maskey, MD, MBBS

Assistant Professor, Medicine
Interventional Pulmonology
Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Kentucky
Director, Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Maskey earned an MD from Chittagong Medical College in Bangladesh. He completed residency in Internal Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, followed by a fellowship in Pulmonology and Critical Care at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Maskey completed an additional year of training in Interventional Pulmonology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School in Boston.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care, the American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and the American Association for Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology.

Dr. Maskey uses minimally invasive techniques such as endobronchial ultrasound and electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy to aid in the diagnosis of lung nodules and staging of lung cancer. He also performs rigid bronchoscopy, laser, electrocautery, argon, and cryotherapy for airway narrowing/obstruction. He manages pleural diseases and performs Denver drains, pleurodesis, and medical thoracoscopy. He also manages tracheotomy tubes.

Dr. Maskey works closely with a team of oncologists, radiation oncologists, and thoracic surgeons.

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Ouita Michel

Owner
Executive Chef
Holly Hill Inn
Midway, Kentucky

Ouita Michel is the owner and executive chef of the Holly Hill Inn in Midway, Ky., the flagship of her eight-restaurant group. Over the past 18 years, Michel's restaurants have purchased $3 million in Kentucky farm products, including produce, dairy and meats. Michel has been a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist as Outstanding Restaurateur and as Best Chef Southeast numerous times. Michel and her restaurants are regularly featured in local and national media, such as New York Times, Southern Living and Garden & Gun. Michel was guest judge on the 16th season of Bravo’s Top Chef. She also is chef-in-residence at Woodford Reserve Distillery.

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Jordan Miller, DO

Assistant Professor, Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Miller completed fellowships in thoracic surgery and minimally invasive thoracic surgery with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Miller completed a general surgery residency at Memorial Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, and earned a DO at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Research interests include lung and esophageal cancers as well as benign esophageal disorders.

He has lectured on esophageal cancer staging and treatment at the annual clinical assembly of the American College of Osteopathic Surgery.

As a result of his specific interests, his clinical practice includes work with colleagues providing care at the Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

He is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery.

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Timothy Mullett, MD

Chief, General Thoracic Surgery
Professor, Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Timothy Mullett is a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery at the University of Kentucky. Since the projects inception in 2000, he has served on the Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Project (KLCRP) Governance Board, overseeing and directing the initiatives and funds of the KLCRP and serve as the Medical Director of the Kentucky Clinical Trials Network, an initiative of the KLCRP, which is a statewide network of sites conducting lung cancer trials. Dr. Mullett serves as the Medical Director of the Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network created to provide high-quality cancer care closer to home at collaborating centers, through specialty services, education and outreach programs. In addition, he serves as the Medical Director of the Markey Cancer Center Research Network, a collaborative network of sites conducting a portfolio of high priority trials, including therapeutic oncology trials, interventional and non-interventional trials. Dr. Mullett serves as Investigator and co-Investigator on numerous research grants funded by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, and the Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program. He also serves as co-Investigator of the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative, a portfolio of studies to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky through the development, evaluation and dissemination of novel, community-based interventions to promote clinician education, survivorship care and prevention and early detection of lung cancer. Dr. Mullett serves as the co-chair of a LEADS Collaborative study, C3 to examine dissemination and implementation of lung cancer screening, an investigator-initiated trial of the Markey Cancer Center conducted throughout the state of Kentucky.

Clinical interests include End-Stage Lung Disease, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Mediastinal Tumors, Pleural Effusion, and Pulmonary Metastases.

Dr. Mullett is certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He was named a Best Doctor 2013.

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Lindsey Mullis, MS

Inclusive Health and Wellness Director
Human Development Institute
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Lindsey Catherine Mullis, M.S. is the Inclusive Health & Wellness director for the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky and partners with the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities to promote healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities and the communities that serve them across the state of Kentucky. She holds her bachelors in both psychology and exercise science from Transylvania University along with her masters in health promotion and a certificate in developmental disabilities from the University of Kentucky. She is currently in the process of pursuing her PhD in Health Education Sciences with a planned dissertation on sexual health and sexuality of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Lindsey is also a certified Health Promotion Clinical Director for the Special Olympics and serves on the Special Olympics Inclusive Health Advisory Board.

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Karen Pollitt, BS

Senior Manager, Change Management,
Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, American College of Surgeons Chicago, Illinois

Karen Pollitt is Senior Manager, Change Management in the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care at the American College of Surgeons. In her role, Karen leads and implements complex projects across the College enhance interoperability in the seven accreditation/verification programs. She helps frame infrastructure improvement ideas into concise projects. She analyzes current business processes and identifies areas for simplification. She works with staff to assess change readiness, and maximize adoption and usage of new processes, focusing on the people side of change, including job roles and organizational structures.

Karen’s 12 year tenure at the College includes work in the AJCC and the NAPBC prior to moving into her current role.

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Reshma Ramlal, MD

Assistant Professor
Division of Hematology/BMT
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Reshma Ramlal is hematologist in Lexington, KY and is affiliated with University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. She received her medical degree from the University of the West Indies , Faculty of Medical Science, Port of Spain and received her residency training at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville, FL. She received her hematology/oncology fellowship training at St. Louis University Hospital and stem cell transplantation training at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. She has been in practice for 8 years.

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Andrew Savoie, DO

Assistant Professor
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Kentucky
College of Medicine
Medical Director, Oncology PM & R
Markey Cancer Center
Lexington, Kentucky

A native of Georgia, Dr. Savoie attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate degree before pursuing a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine campus in Suwanee, GA. He then completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Kentucky where his knowledge of functional impairments and disability expanded to include those suffering from brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disorders, and cancer.
Following residency, he elected to remain at the University of Kentucky to establish an Oncology-specific PM&R program within the Markey Cancer Center. His expertise and focus is finding the root causes of disability, then diagnosing and treating those impairments to help patients return to the level of independence and quality of life they experienced prior to their cancer diagnosis.

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Beverly Shackelford, CTR

Worked in the healthcare field since 1990 – present. Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR®) since 2000 with nineteen years of experience working in ACOS CoC-approved Cancer Program, working primarily in the State of Kentucky. Trained and mentor prospective CTR’s in preparation for certification. Management and submission of CoC special studies, RQRS, CP3r, Quality Improvement studies, hospital quality data reviews to support administrative planning. Management of Cancer Program Accreditations, and operations in a multi-facility Hospital Network.

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Katie Shepard, MPH

Community Health Educator
KY-ASAP Coordinator
Barren, Hart and Metcalf Counties
TJ Samson Community Hospital
Glasgow, Kentucky

Katie Shepard is a Community Health Educator/Outreach Specialist and KY-ASAP Program Coordinator for Barren, Hart, & Metcalfe Counties with TJ Samson Community Hospital. In her time with the hospital she has focused on communicating to businesses, community members, schools and other community groups on the importance of health and achieving optimal health status. In addition to educating the public on health related topics she identifies and plans activities and campaigns to address health care disparities in TJ Regional Health service area.

She also coordinates funding and activities for the Kentucky Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention serving Barren, Hart, and Metcalfe counties. Implements evidence based programs to communities on effective youth prevention programming, designs surveys, and evaluates tools for community to help gauge services regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in the tri-county area.

She has a Master’s in Public Health and bachelor’s in Public Health, Health Education from Western Kentucky University

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Robert Slocum

Narrative Medicine Program Coordinator
University of Kentucky HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Robert B. Slocum is the Narrative Medicine Program Coordinator at University of Kentucky HealthCare, Lexington, Kentucky. He holds doctorates in law (Vanderbilt), ministry (University of the South), and theology (Marquette). He has experience in pastoral ministry as well as academic teaching and administration. He has taught undergraduate courses in religious studies and ethics. He is currently appointed and in good standing as an Assistant Professor within the voluntary faculty title series in the Department of Behavioral Science and Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He teaches a fourth-year medical school elective on The Narrative Basis for Patient Care and Resilient Practice, and mentors first-year students who shadow him. He is a member of the Hospital Ethics Committee. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of 13 books, including a journal of reflections. He has published scholarly articles, as well as short fiction and poetry. He is interested in the clinical application of narrative and the significance of narrative for identity formation. He holds a fourth-level black sash in Tai Chi and other internal martial arts, and he teaches a Tai Chi class at the Integrative Medicine Clinic, University of Kentucky HealthCare.

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Caryn Sorge, MD

Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Hematology-Oncology
College of Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

During Caryn's fellowship training her clinical interests was in pediatric lymphomas as well as adolescent/young adult (AYA) oncology treatment and late effects. As a fellow, she had the opportunity to present her clinical research on the incidence and outcomes of rare pediatric NHL at the 5th International Symposium for Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas. Since joining faculty at the University of Kentucky Caryn has become the medical director of the long term follow up clinic for our pediatric cancer survivors. She also helped develop and lead the new Adolescent Young Adult Oncology program at the University of Kentucky.

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Karen Stachon

Accreditation Technical Specialist
CoC Accreditation Program
American College of Surgeons
Chicago, Illinois

Karen Stachon has more than 25 years’ experience in the healthcare field. At the Joint Commission, Karen was on the Hospital Accreditation Team that analyzed surveyor findings from on-site evaluations of accredited organizations to determine award levels. She was also on the team that designed, developed and implemented the Joint Commission’s public release of accreditation information. As a co-owner of MediScript, Karen coordinated workflow for decentralized transcription staff, performed quality review of transcription, and provided real-time transcription services into client EMR.

Karen joined the staff of the Commission on Cancer in 2005. In her current role as an Accreditation Technical Specialist, she provides expert technical support to internal and external constituents related to programs seeking initial accreditation, networks and merged programs. . As a senior member of the technical staff, she completes technical reviews of surveys, provides pre- and post-survey support to surveyors and accredited cancer programs. She also collaborates with CoC member organizations and external groups to develop, implement and monitor CoC cancer program standards, including pediatrics and networks. Karen holds a Bachelor's degree in Community Health from Northern Illinois University and has been with the Commission on Cancer for over 11 years.

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Cheri Tolle, MAEd CHES

Administrative Director
Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network
Markey Cancer Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

•Administrative Director for the Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network since 2006
•Oversee a growing network of community hospitals in the Commonwealth and neighboring states
•Employed at UK Markey Cancer Center for over 25 years
•Master’s degree in health education from Eastern Kentucky University Certified Health Education Specialist

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Morgan Turner

Health Education Assistant
Human Development Institute
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Morgan Turner is the Health Education Assistant at the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky. He is a graduate of Tates Creek High School and a Special Olympics athlete and athlete ambassador for Kentucky. He serves as a strong self-advocate and has worked across multiple projects at HDI focusing on health, inclusion, leadership, and supported decision-making.

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Thomas Varghese, MD, MS, FACS

Program Director
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Head of General Thoracic Surgery
Executive Medical Director
Chief Value Officer
University of Utah
Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Salt Lake City, Utah

Dr. Varghese received his medical degree from Government Medical College-Trivandrum, University of Kerala, India and his Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from Northwestern University. He did his General Surgery Residency at Northwestern University, a research fellowship in Organ Transplantation at Northwestern University, and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr. Varghese’s main clinical interests are in Thoracic Surgical Oncology, and he is a national leader in minimally invasive applications for general thoracic surgery, including recognition by Castle Connolly as one of America’s “Top Docs”, and top 10% in the nation by Press Ganey for patient satisfaction scores.

Dr. Varghese took his first faculty appointment at the University of Washington in 2007, where he was the Director of Thoracic Surgery at Harborview Medical Center and Associate Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency until 2015. He is currently the Executive Medical Director (Interim) of Huntsman Cancer Institute, Chief Value Officer of Huntsman Cancer Institute, Head of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery and Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at the University of Utah. Tom is an Associate Professor (Tenure) in the Department of Surgery, and holds leadership positions in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, American College of Surgeons, and the Surgical Outcomes Club. He was elected to the inaugural class of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators in 2018, is a member of multiple surgical societies, and is the Deputy Editor of Digital Media and Digital Scholarship for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

His Research interests bridge the world of Educational Research and Health Services Research, specifically in the arena of optimizing performance at the patient, surgeon and system levels. He created the Strong for Surgery program while he was at the University of Washington, which is now a formal Quality Improvement program of the American College of Surgeons, and is active at 230 clinical sites across the nation. He has a track record of peer-reviewed publications and extramural funding, including current RO1 funding from the National Cancer Institute for a pragmatic randomized clinical trial examining the effects of a unique Prescription Exercise Prescription (PEP) for lung cancer surgical patients.

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Richard Wender, MD

Chief Cancer Control Officer
American Cancer Society, Inc

Richard C. Wender, MD, chief cancer control officer for the American Cancer Society, leads the organization’s domestic and global cancer control strategies, with a focus on access, navigation, and health equity. He guides the organization’s efforts toward the goal of ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to live a healthy life and receive high-quality care across the entire spectrum of cancer, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

The American Cancer Society named Dr. Wender as its first-ever chief cancer control officer in 2013. Prior to joining the staff, he provided extensive volunteer leadership at the organization’s state and local levels. In 2006, he was elected national president of the American Cancer Society, becoming the first primary care physician to serve in this capacity.

Dr. Wender worked for more than three decades as a family physician in the department of family and community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. From 2002 until 2013, he was the alumni professor and chair of the department. During his tenure, the department created innovative programs in several areas, including developing one of the first geriatric oncology collaborations in the country.

He has led numerous initiatives to improve preventive care and chronic disease management, with a focus on cancer prevention and control. He is a pioneer of the patient-centered medical home, and he currently serves as chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. Dr. Wender has authored more than 100 articles and chapters and co-authored several cancer screening guidelines.

Honored numerous times for his leadership in medicine, Dr. Wender has been recognized with the Laurel for Cancer Prevention Leadership from the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and the St. George Medal from the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Wender earned his bachelor of science degree from Princeton University, is a graduate of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his family medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

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