Lombardi hosts 5th Annual Georgetown Breast Cancer Update for Medical Professionals

March 23, 2010

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center hosted the 5th Annual Georgetown Breast Cancer Update on March 13th. Local physicians and clinical providers from a range of specialties gathered in Washington, DC to discuss current advances in breast cancer research and clinical applications through a highly interactive discussion format.

Lombardi’s Claudine Isaacs, MD, director of Clinical Breast Cancer Program and Minetta Liu, MD, director of translational breast cancer research have organized this event for the last five years with Georgetown colleagues acting as faculty lecturers or panelists. “The purpose of the event is to provide a continuing medical education (CME) to the local community of practitioners with updates on controversial topics or new and upcoming areas in breast cancer,” says Isaacs.

Expert panelists led discussions on topics ranging from hormone therapy resistance presented by V. Craig Jordan, OBE, PhD, DSc, FMedSci, scientific director at Lombardi, to state of the art surgical breast reconstruction by Scott L. Spear, MD, professor and chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital. Other speakers included Vered Stearns, MD, associate professor of Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, William J. Gradishar, MD, professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and event organizers Liu and Isaacs.

Morning lectures were followed by a panel on clinical trials and a case-based panel discussion. This year’s panelists included Jennifer Eng-Wong, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Oncology at Lombardi, Marc E. Boisvert, MD, FACS, medical director for the Center for Breast Health at the Washington Hospital Center, and Chika N. Madu, MD, assistant professor for the Department of Radiation Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. In past years panelists have included Shawna Willey, MD, director of the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at Lombardi, Maurice Nahabedian, MD, associate professor for Plastic Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital, and Robert Warren, MD,co- director of the Ourisman Center.

“We try to hit on timely topics, we don’t try to do all of breast cancer,” says Isaacs. “We want to create a forum for an interactive discussion on pertinent and difficult clinical issues.”

Author: Nkem T. Wellington