Speakers

We've assembled some of the industry's leading experts to present the latest trends in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing practice. We are certain you'll gain valuable information and education while improving your professional development. Click on each speaker's name to view their full bio and list of sessions they are presenting.

Linda Abramovitz, MSN RN BMTCN®--Practice Nurse

Linda Abramovitz, MSN RN BMTCN®Practice Nurse

Linda Abramovitz, MSN, RN, BMTCN has worked in pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant for over 30 years. She is at the University of California, San Francisco. Linda's professional career has included roles as a Pediatric Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Nurse Specialist. Linda's interest and experience working in low and middle income countries and involvement with the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) gives her a wealth of knowledge about this topic.

She currently is on SIOP's Nursing Committee and co-chair of the SIOP's Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC) Nursing Working Group. Linda is actively involved in projects in Ethiopia, Vietnam and as well as other countries. Linda is a member of APHON's International Nursing Task Force.

Linda Abramovitz, MSN, RN, BMTCN has worked in pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant for over 30 years. She is at the University of California, San Francisco. Linda's professional career has included roles as a Pediatric Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Nurse Specialist. Linda's interest and experience working in low and middle income countries and involvement with the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) gives her a wealth of knowledge about this topic. She currently is on SIOP's Nursing Committee and co-chair of the SIOP's Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC) Nursing Working Group. Linda is actively involved in projects in Ethiopia, Vietnam and as well as other countries. Linda is a member of APHON's International Nursing Task Force.
Session(s)

International Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Experiences and Opportunities (102)

International Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Education & Scopes of Practice (TH1)

Baseline Standards for Pediatric Oncology Nursing in Low and Mid Income Countries (226)

Facility
UCSF Medical Center
Location
Belmont, CA
Edmund O. Acevedo, PhD--Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Edmund O. Acevedo, PhDProfessor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Acevedo is professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Humanities & Science at VCU. He is a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Acevedo's primary research focus is on the interaction of mental stress and fitness level on an individual’s cardiovascular health. His research team has examined the activation of gene expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines as a mechanism that explains the connection between psychological stress and cardiovascular function. They have been funded to examine cardiorespiratory responses and indicators of inflammation to concurrent mental and physical challenge in professional firefighters, a population that has a high incidence of cardiovascular disease. Their research supports the notion that psychological stress can have deleterious effects on cardiovascular health, and improved fitness may ameliorate these effects.
Kathleen Adlard, MN CNS RN CPON®--Clinical Nurse Specialist

Kathleen Adlard, MN CNS RN CPON®Clinical Nurse Specialist

Kathleen Adlard has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's Hospital for over 22 years. Kathleen is an active member of APHON has held several leadership roles. She serves as the COG Myeloid Disease Committee Nurse (DCN).
Glenn Afungchwi, BSN--Nurse Manager

Glenn Afungchwi, BSNNurse Manager

Glenn Mbah, Afungchwi is a Registered nurse, and current manager of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services(CBCHS) childhood cancer program. He has several years of experience as a nurse in pediatric oncology at Banso Baptist Hospital.He has the major responsibilities of coordinating nursing care, advocacy and parent support across three pediatric oncology centers of the CBHS. He is an active member of the nursing group for pediatric oncology in developing countries, under the International Pediatric Oncology Society (SIOP), and since October 2016 is the Nurse representative at the African continental board of SIOP. Glenn is also a civic leader, and fellow of the Mandela Washington Young African Leaders Initiative.
Session(s)
Baseline Standards for Pediatric Oncology Nursing in Low and Mid Income Countries (226)
Facility
Banso Baptist Hospital
Location
Kumbo, Nord-Ouest, Cameroon
Karen Albritton, MD--Director — Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program

Karen Albritton, MDDirector — Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program

Karen Albritton, MD, is an oncologist specializing in the care of adolescents and young adults. She graduated from Yale University, received her medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, and completed her Medicine/Pediatrics residency and oncology fellowships at the University of North Carolina. She is board certified in both pediatric and medical oncology and has particular expertise in sarcoma.

Session(s)
Development of an AYA Program in a Pediatric and Community-Wide Setting (006)
Facility
Cook Children's Medical Center
Location
Fort Worth, Texas
Suzanne Ameringer, PhD RN--Associate Professor

Suzanne Ameringer, PhD RNAssociate Professor

Suzanne Ameringer is an associate professor of nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She has had a long career in pediatric nursing, including practice, teaching, and research. She has practiced in a variety of settings, including hospital, school, pediatric oncology, primary care, and public health nursing. Her research focus is on improving pain and symptom management in adolescents and young adults with cancer and sickle cell disease.
Session(s)
Feasibility and Acceptability of an Exercise Testing Protocol for Adolescents and Young Adults with Sickle Cell Anemia (216-3)
Facility
Virginia Commonwealth University
Location
Nellysford, Virginia
Chelsea Balian, MSN RN CNS CPNP--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Chelsea Balian, MSN RN CNS CPNPPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Chelsea Balian works as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the field of blood and marrow transplantation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Prior to this role, Chelsea was the pediatric nurse practitioner for the palliative care program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Chelsea has a vested interest in children with chronic illness who may require end of life management, and have both clinical and research experience in these fields. Chelsea has published in Pediatric Blood and Cancer, and The Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology. In 2016, Chelsea presented research on the translocation of GI organisms leading to bloodstream infections in the pediatric transplant population at the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplant (ASBMT) tandem meeting, followed by a presentation at the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC) meeting.

Mary Baron Nelson, PhD RN CPNP--Assistant Professor — Clinical Pediatrics

Mary Baron Nelson, PhD RN CPNPAssistant Professor — Clinical Pediatrics

Mary Baron Nelson received her BSN from Salem State College, MS in nursing from Boston College, and PhD in nursing from UCLA. She has over 30 years of experience in pediatric oncology nursing, primarily focusing on neuro-oncology and late effects. She is currently an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and an adjunct assistant professor at the UCLA School of Nursing. She is primarily a nurse scientist whose research focuses on improving the quality of life of children with brain tumors through psychosocial support, and by identifying neuroimaging biomarkers of brain injury after cancer treatment.
Session(s)
DNP & PhD (TH2)

Expanding Your Educational Horizons - DNP or PhD? (232)
Facility
USC/CHLA
Location
La Canada, California
Joy Bartholomew, APRN--Nurse Practitioner

Joy Bartholomew, APRNNurse Practitioner

Joy Bartholomew MSN FNP is a nurse practitioner in pediatric oncology practicing for 28 years at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. She is active in the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and has held several positions including the Disease Committee Nurse for Neuroblastoma, Chairing Nursing Clinical Practice and Clinical Trials Subcommittees and as a Nursing Steering Committee member. Joy’s COG contributions also include positions as the Protocol Nurse on several COG clinical trials; high risk and relapsed neuroblastoma and acute leukemia/lymphoma. Joy has been an APHON member and has been certified in pediatric oncology nursing (CPON) for 26years. She is active in her local chapter, Greater Kansas City, and has presented to APHON members both locally and nationally. Her professional research interest has focused on delivery of care.
Session(s)
The landscape of neuroblastoma in COG: yesterday, today and tomorrow’s therapies (C234)
Facility
Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City
Location
Kansas City, Missouri
Lisa Bashore, PhD APRN CPNP CPON®--Assistant Professor

Lisa Bashore, PhD APRN CPNP CPON®Assistant Professor

Dr. Bashore is an Assistant Professor in the Harris College of Nursing where she facilitates the learning of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing students, but with a primary focus in the doctoral program. She also works closely with the undergraduate nursing honors students to mentor them as they develop their own scholarly projects. Lisa has been an APRN for over 20 years in pediatric and adolescent health care and pediatric oncology. She earned her doctorate in 2010 at the University of Texas, Arlington focusing her scholarship on cancer screening, health outcomes, and transition in childhood cancer survivors.

Glaivy Batsuli, MD--Pediatric Hematologist & Oncologist — Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Glaivy Batsuli, MDPediatric Hematologist & Oncologist — Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Glaivy Batsuli is a pediatric hematologist and oncologist at Emory University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. She competed her residency training in Pediatrics and fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She is a member of the hemostasis and thrombosis team at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta with the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Emory University. She primarily treats pediatric patients with bleeding and clotting disorders. Her research interest includes evaluating the immune response to factor VIII in patients with hemophilia A and inhibitors in the laboratory setting.
Session(s)
A Changing World for Patients with Hemophilia: Treatment Updates and Novel Therapeutics for Hemophilia A and B (214)
Facility
Emory University, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Melissa Beauchemin, MS RN CPNP CPON® PhD Student-- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Melissa Beauchemin, MS RN CPNP CPON® PhD Student Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Melissa Beauchemin has been an oncology nurse since 2006 and started her career as a bedside nurse caring for pediatric BMT and oncology patients at Columbia University Medical Center.  After completing Columbia University’s Master’s Program in Nursing in 2010, she began working as a Research Nurse Practitioner for the CUMC Pediatric Leukemia and Lymphoma program.  She became more involved in conducting supportive care studies and in 2013 took on the role as CUMC Responsible Investigator for Cancer Control Studies within the Children’s Oncology Group.  She has also helped to spearhead quality initiatives within the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation to help improve outcomes for pediatric patients.  

Session(s)
Nurse-Led Models for Enhancing the Conduct of Children’s Oncology Group Cancer Control Trials (C223)
Facility
Columbia University Medical Center
Location
New York, New York
Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN-BC CPON®--Professional Development Specialist

Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN-BC CPON®Professional Development Specialist

Dr. Kristin Belderson earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Advanced Leadership in Health Care from Regis University. Kristin is a Professional Development Specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado and has worked in acute care hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant since 2002. Additionally, Kristin is the immediate Past-Chair of the APHON Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Program, and is a member of the APHON International Task Force and the JOPON CNE Committee.
Joyce Bender, LCSW OSW-C--Clinical Social Worker

Joyce Bender, LCSW OSW-CClinical Social Worker

Joyce has been a clinical social worker for over 20 years, and for the past 5 years engaged in addressing the many psychosocial and emotional effects in survivors of childhood cancer. She has been instrumental in the development of several programs within the Life After Cancer Program to address the successful transition of survivors to community physicians and the management of weekend retreat activities.
Session(s)
Long Term Benefits of Attending a Weekend Childhood Cancer Survivor Family Retreat (222-2)
Facility
Cook Children's Health Care System
Location
Fort Worth, Texas
Terri Boyce, DNP APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®--Nurse Practitioner

Terri Boyce, DNP APRN CPNP-AC CPHON®Nurse Practitioner

Upon earning her BSN from the University of Portland in 2002, Terri served as an RN in the US Air Force for 5 years. She completed her acute care pediatric nurse practitioner and pediatric clinical nurse specialist programs in residence at Duke University in 2008. For the next 8 years she worked as a NP in the outpatient pediatric heme/onc clinic as faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX, focusing on the care of children and adolescents with solid tumors and cranial spinal tumors. She now holds a faculty position at Oregon Health & Science University working as an inpatient nurse practitioner at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Session(s)
Strengthening the Local Chapters of APHON through Networking (LCM)
Facility
Oregon Health & Science University
Location
Portland, Oregon
Peter Brown, MBA--Co-Founder & CEO

Peter Brown, MBACo-Founder & CEO

Victoria Sardi-Brown and Peter Brown are the co-founders of the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation, a public charity created in the memory of their son Mattie. In addition to their work to get an evidence-based psychosocial standards of care developed and published, the Browns are now embarking on Phase 3 of the Standards Project, focusing on implementation of the Standards, with the vision of ensuring that all children with cancer and their families receive appropriate psychosocial support, from date of diagnosis through treatment, survivorship, relapse, end of life and bereavement. With over ten internationally recognized organizations and associations like APHON, ASPHO, The Children's Oncology Group, APOSW, APOS, APA, AACAP, CAPO and the Cancer Support Community publicly endorsing and supporting the Standards, the Foundation's hope is that all organizations will recognize that psychosocial care is just as important as (if not more than) the biomedical care.

Emily Browne, DNP RN CPNP--Director of Professional Development & Advanced Practice

Emily Browne, DNP RN CPNPDirector of Professional Development & Advanced Practice

Dr. Emily Browne received her BS from Birmingham-Southern College and her MSN and DNP from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She spent 10 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner for the leukemia/lymphoma service at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and is currently the Director of Professional Development & Advanced Practice where she fosters evidence-based practice and supports the hospital’s advanced practice providers.
Katie Bruce, PharmD BCPPS--Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Katie Bruce, PharmD BCPPSPediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Katie Bruce is currently the Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Oncology and BMT at The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial in Nashville, TN. She completed my Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2006 from Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy. She completed a post graduate year 1 residency in Pediatric Pharmacy at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in 2007. After working as an Pediatric Oncology pharmacist at CHOA for about a year, she moved to Nashville and started at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital as a Clinical Pharmacist in Pediatrics.

Session(s)
GVHD Prophylaxis with Post-Transplant Cyclophosphamide: Ambushing T Cells (206)
Facility
The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial
Location
Nashville, Tennessee
Karyn Brundige, MSN CPNP--Nurse Practitioner

Karyn Brundige, MSN CPNPNurse Practitioner

Karyn received her BSN and MSN at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland and completed her hematology/oncology nurse practitioner fellowship at Texas Children's Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She was both a hematology and oncology nurse practitioner at Seattle Children's Hospital from 1999 to 2016 specializing in the care of children with leukemia, marrow failure syndromes, PTLD, HLH and hematological disorders. In 2016 she joined the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's where she follows children in the bone marrow failure/MDS and hematology programs. Her passion is nursing and family/patient education.

Kristin Casey, MS RN CPNP CPHON®--Nurse Practitioner

Kristin Casey, MS RN CPNP CPHON®Nurse Practitioner

Kristin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Wisconsin in 2000 and Masters of Science in Nursing in 2004 from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Kristin is currently practicing as a pediatric Nurse Practitioner at American Family Children's Hospital in Pediatric Oncology for the past 13 years specializing in Neuro-Oncology and Neuro-Cutaneous disorders.
Julia Challinor, PhD RN--Nursing Consultant

Julia Challinor, PhD RNNursing Consultant

Julia Challinor, RN, PhD, MA in Education and MS in Med Anthropology, is a graduate of Wheelock College, MA; SFSU, CA; UCSF, CA; and University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. A former teacher, Julia was the Educational Liaison for children with cancer and those who had survived their disease at the University of California, San Francisco from 1993-2003. From 1994-2006, she also headed A Tomorrow for Children Foundation and worked in partnership with pediatric oncology centers across Latin America.
Wassim Chemaitilly, MD--Director and Associate Member — Division of Endocrinology

Wassim Chemaitilly, MDDirector and Associate Member — Division of Endocrinology

Dr. Wassim Chemaitilly is a pediatric endocrinologist with established interest in the long term adverse effects of cancer and brain tumor treatments on the endocrine system. Dr. Chemaitilly obtained his Medical Doctorate degree and Pediatric Medicine diploma at the Université René Descartes – Necker Enfants Malades in Paris, France before completing a Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City in 2006.

Session(s)
Childhood Cancer Survivors and Breastfeeding: Results of a Lactation Dysfunction Study (222-1)
Facility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Cheryl L. Cox, PhD RN

Cheryl L. Cox, PhD RN

Dr. Cox is the recipient of multiple foundation and NIH grant awards (R03, R21, R01). She has over 100 publications. Her primary focus is chronic illness and motivation to support behavior change to modify risks. She has served as faculty member at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Massachusetts Boston and Lowell, and most recently 14 years at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital where she retired in February 2016.
Session(s)
Childhood Cancer Survivors and Breastfeeding: Results of a Lactation Dysfunction Study (222-1)
Facility
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Scarlett Czarnecki, BSN RN CCRP CPHON®--Nurse Clinician

Scarlett Czarnecki, BSN RN CCRP CPHON®Nurse Clinician

Scarlett Czarnecki has been a pediatric oncology nurse for 16 years, working in multiple settings patient care settings over her career. She is currently working in an outpatient hospital based clinic for the pediatric hem-onc service line and serving and just completed a 5 year term as the President of SCAPHON. This is her first year serving APHON on the local chapter committee.
Session(s)
Town Hall: Outpatient Nursing (TH5)

Strengthening the Local Chapters of APHON through Networking (LCM)
Facility
Loma Linda University Children's Hospital
Location
Riverside, California