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.

Haydar A. Frangoul, MD MS--Director of Pediatric Hematology Oncology

Haydar A. Frangoul, MD MSDirector of Pediatric Hematology Oncology

Haydar A Frangoul, MD, is a Hematology/Oncology specialist in Nashville, Tennessee. He is currently the director of pediatric stem cell transplant at The Children's Hospital TriStar Centennial. He graduated from medical school in 1990, having over 25 years of diverse experience, especially in pediatric hematology/oncology and hematopoietic stem cell transplant. He is actively involved in ASBMT, ASPHO, COG, and PBMTC professional organizations.

Brittany Frazer, CPNP MSN RN CPHON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Brittany Frazer, CPNP MSN RN CPHON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Brittany Frazer, RN CPNP CPHON worked as an inpatient staff nurse on the hematology/oncology unit of Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) for 4 years. She completed her Master's in Nursing from Northeastern University in May 2015 and joined the Pain Treatment Service Team at BCH as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in April 2016. She then transitioned back to inpatient oncology unit of BCH as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in May 2017 where she remains full-time and continues to work on the Pain Treatment Service Team per diem.
Session(s)
Low Dose Ketamine Use in the Non-ICU Setting for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Pain (209)
Facility
Boston Children's Hospital
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Jose Garcia, E.E.--Nursing Education Coordinator

Jose Garcia, E.E.Nursing Education Coordinator

Jose Garcia is the Nursing Education Coordinator at Unidad Nacional de Oncologia Pediatrica de Guatemala (UNOP), a pediatric oncology hospital in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Jose is a 2007 graduate of the Latin American Center for Pediatric Oncology Nursing Education - a St. Jude Global initiative - and was one of the first to pioneer the pediatric oncology nurse educator role in Latin American hospitals.

Session(s)
Paper Presentation: Clinical Care Issues — Improving Patient Identification Practices in a Central American Pediatric Cancer Hospital (228-3)
Facility
Unidad Nacional de Oncologia Pediatrica de Guatemala (UNOP)
Location
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Jami S. Gattuso, MSN RN CPON®--Nursing Research Specialist, Level 3

Jami S. Gattuso, MSN RN CPON®Nursing Research Specialist, Level 3

Jami Gattuso received a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from Christian Brothers University, and both a BSN and MSN from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, all in Memphis, Tennessee. She has been a nurse at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for 32 years and has served in a variety of roles from staff nurse, to clinical nurse specialist to nursing research specialist. Jami has always had an interest in nursing research and is particularly fond of qualitative research.
Julie Gegg, PharmD BCOP--Clinical Pharmacist

Julie Gegg, PharmD BCOPClinical Pharmacist

Dr. Gegg graduated from West Virginia University in 2011 with her PharmD and went on the complete post-graduate year one residency training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Gegg then completed a post-graduate year two specialty residency in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. After residency training, Dr. Gegg joined the oncology pharmacy team at Boston Children's Hospital with a specific focus on the solid tumor service.

Session(s)
Low Dose Ketamine Use in the Non-ICU Setting for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Pain (209)
Facility
Boston Children's Hospital
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Gilger, MSN RN PPCNP-BC CPON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Elizabeth Gilger, MSN RN PPCNP-BC CPON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Elizabeth Gilger has worked in pediatric oncology nursing since 1996 and found it not just to be a job, but a passion. Her BSN was obtained from the Johns Hopkins University. She found herself lucky to have her pediatric rotation on the pediatric oncology unit. After graduation, she worked as a staff nurse on the inpatient hematology-oncology department at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In that position, she was able to experience many facets of care throughout the pediatric oncology trajectory.

Kate Gowans, MD--Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist

Kate Gowans, MDPediatric Hematologist/Oncologist

Dr. Gowans is the Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Beaumont Children's in Royal Oak, Michigan, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

Sarah Green, MSN CPNP-AC--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Green, MSN CPNP-ACPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Green is a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner in the solid tumor program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Connecticut, Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently completing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sarah's clinical practice interests include retinoblastoma and palliative care for the pediatric oncology patient.

Edith Guarini, BSN RN CPHON®--Registered Nurse- Ophthalmic Oncology

Edith Guarini, BSN RN CPHON®Registered Nurse- Ophthalmic Oncology

Edith Guarini has been a pediatric nurse for 20 years with practical experience in hospital inpatient and outpatient pediatric populations, most of which has been spent practicing in pediatric oncology as a staff nurse. She has been a pediatric oncology nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for the past 15 years. Edith is presently the pediatric nurse coordinator since 2013 at the retinoblastoma practice at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Session(s)
Management of Retinoblastoma in 2018: A Nursing Perspective (201)
Facility
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Location
New York, New York
Danielle Gunter, PhD RN CPN--Assistant Professor

Danielle Gunter, PhD RN CPNAssistant Professor

Dr. Gunter’s nursing experience lies in pediatrics, including pediatric oncology, transplant, and end-of-life care. She also has experience in nursing education and hospital administration. Her research interests include improving psychosocial supportive measures and patient outcomes in chronically ill children and their families, as well as interventions that improve communication and collaboration among the healthcare teams that serve them.
Session(s)
Roundtable: Evidence-Based Practice Projects (RT4)
Facility
University of the Incarnate Word
Location
San Antonio, Texas
Lauren E. Hancock, MSN RN CHPPN CPNP-AC--Nurse Practitioner

Lauren E. Hancock, MSN RN CHPPN CPNP-ACNurse Practitioner

Lauren Hancock is a 2006 graduate of the Georgetown School of Nursing and Health Studies and is currently working as a Neuro-Oncology Nurse Practitioner at Children’s National Medical Center. She did her Master’s degree as a Pediatric Acute/Chronic Nurse Practitioner with a specialization in Oncology and a minor in Palliative Care at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2010. In the hospital setting, Ms. Hancock has worked in Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant, Pediatric Oncology, and the Neonatal and Pediatric ICU.

Session(s)
New Hope Through Clinical Trials in Low Grade Gliomas: From Diagnosis, Standard Treatment Modalities, to BRAF/MEK Inhibitors (221)
Facility
Children's National Health System
Location
Washington, District of Columbia
Susan Harvey, CPNP-AC MSN RN  CPNP-AC--Children's Hospital of Colorado

Susan Harvey, CPNP-AC MSN RN CPNP-ACChildren's Hospital of Colorado

Susan Harvey is a Pediatric Acute Care Nurse practitioner in hematology at the Children's Hospital of Colorado Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and instructor at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical since 2015. She received her MSN from Duke University and BSN from the University of Tennessee. Her research includes hematologic abnormalities in patients with Down Syndrome. Her special interest/ future research is in sickle cell disease and thalassemia.
Eleanor Hendershot, MN BScN RN(EC)--Nurse Practitioner

Eleanor Hendershot, MN BScN RN(EC)Nurse Practitioner

Eleanor Hendershot received her Master of Nursing in 2003 from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg - Faculty of Nursing at the at the University of Toronto in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. She is currently a Nurse Practitioners at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She works in active oncology in addition to pediatric cancer survivorship. Eleanor is the nursing representative on the Children’s Oncology Group Survivorship and Outcomes Committee.

Mary Ann Hensley, RN--Nurse Coordinator Tumor Program

Mary Ann Hensley, RNNurse Coordinator Tumor Program

Mary Ann has been at Children's Hospital Colorado for 28 years working within the Orthopedic Institute as the service coordinator for orthopedic surgery in the operating room; then as an orthopedic tumor specialty nurse.

Teresa Herriage, DNP APRN CPNP CPHON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Teresa Herriage, DNP APRN CPNP CPHON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Teresa is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Cancer and Blood Disorders Program at Children's of Minnesota. She received her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Iowa in 2005 and received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Minnesota in 2014. She has worked in pediatric hematology/oncology for the past 13 years.

Session(s)
High Risk Therapy Made Easy: Supporting High Risk Patients Through Complex Therapy (215)
Facility
Children's Hospital Minnesota
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ruth Anne Herring, MSN RN CPNP-AC/PC CPHON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Ruth Anne Herring, MSN RN CPNP-AC/PC CPHON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Ruth Anne Herring has been a PNP in pediatric oncology for more than 30 years. She is currently working in the outpatient setting at Children's Health in Dallas. She has been a Chemotherapy-Biotherapy instructor for more than 10 years. She is the lead editor for the 4th edition of the Chemotherapy-Biotherapy Curriculum.
Joy Hesselgrave, MSN RN CHPPN CPON®--Assistant Clinical Director, Palliative Care

Joy Hesselgrave, MSN RN CHPPN CPON®Assistant Clinical Director, Palliative Care

Joy Hesselgrave has worked at Texas Children's Hospital since 1998 as a staff nurse, educator, Clinical Specialist and Assistant Clinical Director. Clinical interests include pain and symptom management, ethics and implementing evidence-based practice and quality initiatives.

Marika Highberger, MSN RN CPNP--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Marika Highberger, MSN RN CPNPPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Marika Highberger is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Baylor College of Medicine. She has worked for 15 years in the Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Transplant profession. Previously working at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin as a staff nurse while completing her Master's degree.

Paige Johnson, DNP CPNP CPHON®--Nurse Practitioner

Paige Johnson, DNP CPNP CPHON®Nurse Practitioner

Paige Johnson is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri and currently works in the Hematology/Oncology outpatient clinic. She has been a nurse for over 20 years and a nurse practitioner for over 15 years. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Kansas and her Masters in Nursing from the University of Texas-Houston. She also has a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University focusing on International Maternal/Child Health.

Session(s)
Town Hall: Outpatient APN (TH5)
Facility
Children's Mercy Hospital
Location
Kansas City, Missouri
Emily Karp, BSN RN--Registered Nurse

Emily Karp, BSN RNRegistered Nurse

Emily Karp graduated with her BSN from the University of Portland in 2010. She started in a new graduate program at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah on the hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant service line. Over the past eight years, Emily has acquired many professional skills and certifications: APHON Chemotherapy/Biotherapy, Bone Marrow Transplant, PALS/BLS.

Julia A. Kearney, MD--Clinical Director Pediatric Psycho Oncology, Interim Director Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Team

Julia A. Kearney, MDClinical Director Pediatric Psycho Oncology, Interim Director Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Team

Julia Kearney M.D. is Director of Pediatric Psycho-Oncology and the Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she treats the psychiatric needs of patients with pediatric cancers and their parents. She is board certified in pediatrics, psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and consultation-liaison psychiatry.

Session(s)
General Session Communicating with Adolescents at end of life: Ethical dilemmas and practical solutions (104)
Facility
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Location
New York, New York
Paulette M. Kelly, MSN APRN-BC FNP CPN CPON®--Nurse Practitioner

Paulette M. Kelly, MSN APRN-BC FNP CPN CPON®Nurse Practitioner

Paulette M. Kelly has been a hematology-oncology nurse for 32 years. 30 years have been concentrated on children. Paulette went from a bedside RN on a heme/onc unit, to a bedside nurse in a Pediatric Observation Unit, to a night supervisor at MSK, to an NP for inpatient and the Sarcoma Service. 3 years were spent as a Nurse leader for inpatient pediatrics and our PICU at MSK. Paulette returned to an NP role on the Pediatric Sarcoma Service November 2017.
Session(s)
DSRCT: A Pediatric Oncology Rarity (230)
Facility
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Location
New York, New York
Kaylee Kurth, BSN RN CPHON®--Nurse Clinician

Kaylee Kurth, BSN RN CPHON®Nurse Clinician

Kaylee Kurth has served as a bedside nurse at the American Family Children's Hospital for the past five years. In her undergraduate experience, she completed a research manuscript and presented her research at the Midwest Nursing Society Conference. Kaylee currently educates as a preceptor to nursing students and nurse residents at the American Family Children's Hospital as well as enhance unit education through participation in unit council and quality improvement projects.

Meredith Lahl-Foxx, APRN PCNS-BC PPCNP-BC CPON®--Executive Director/Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Advanced Practice Nursing

Meredith Lahl-Foxx, APRN PCNS-BC PPCNP-BC CPON®Executive Director/Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Advanced Practice Nursing

Meredith A. Lahl-Foxx is executive director and associate chief nursing officer for advanced practice nursing at Cleveland Clinic. In her role, Lahl-Foxx is responsible for the oversight and supervision of the scope of practice, recruitment, quality, credentialing and privileging of Cleveland Clinic health system’s more than 1,000 advanced practice nurses.

Session(s)
Roundtable: Mentoring (RT6)
Facility
Cleveland Clinic Health System
Location
Cleveland, Ohio
Anna E. Lefebvre, MSN CPNP CPON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Anna E. Lefebvre, MSN CPNP CPON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Anna graduated from Georgetown University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in nursing, with an international health certificate. She began her nursing career as an inpatient nurse on the oncology floor at Boston Children's Hospital. She obtained her Master's degree in nursing (pediatric nurse practitioner) from Boston College in 2011.

Session(s)
PTLD: What's that about? (220)
Asparaginase Toxicities in ALL:  Rapid Identification, Management, and Patient/Family Partnerships to Improve Outcomes (SY3)
Facility
Dana Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Arthur K. Liu, MD PhD--Associate Professor and Vice Chair

Arthur K. Liu, MD PhDAssociate Professor and Vice Chair

Dr. Arthur Liu received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and his Ph.D. in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then went on to medical school at Harvard Medical School. He received his training in radiation oncology in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Residency Program and is board certified in Radiation Oncology.

Session(s)
Introduction to Radiation Therapy: What should a nurse know? (202)
Facility
University of Colorado
Location
Aurora, CO
Myndy Livingston, MSN RN CNP AC PC CPON®--Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Myndy Livingston, MSN RN CNP AC PC CPON®Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Myndy is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. She has worked in the field of pediatric hem/onc for 18 years. She currently specializes in taking care of children with leukemia and lymphoma and their families. She has a special interest in caring for children with high-risk leukemias.
Session(s)
High Risk Therapy made easy: Supporting High Risk Patients Through Complex Therapy (215)
Facility
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kellie Loera, MSN RN CPON®--Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Kellie Loera, MSN RN CPON®Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Kellie Loera is currently Advanced Practice Nurse Manager at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her responsibilities include managing all advanced practice roles and immediate management of over 45 clinical FTE’s. Additionally, she is responsible for assuring advanced practice competencies, licensure, and medical group compliance.
Session(s)
Town Hall: Inpatient APN (TH4)
Facility
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Location
Los Angeles, California
Karen E. MacDonald, MSN RN CPNP-PC CPON®--Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Karen E. MacDonald, MSN RN CPNP-PC CPON®Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Karen MacDonald completed her undergraduate degree in 1984 from Mercy College of Detroit. She attended graduate school at Wayne State University and graduated in 2013 with Masters in Science of Nursing. Karen has been board certified in Pediatric Primary Care since 2013. Karen has worked in the Department of Hematology Oncology at Beaumont Children's Hospital since 2001. Karen was in the 2004 inaugural class of APHON Pediatric Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Instructors and continue to instruct.

Session(s)
Integrative Medicine in Pediatric and Adolescent Oncology: An Overview for the Nurse and Nurse Practitioner (008)
Facility
Beaumont Children's Hospital
Location
Royal Oak, Michigan
Daryl Moczygemba, MSN RN CPNP-BC--Hemophilia Nurse Coordinator

Daryl Moczygemba, MSN RN CPNP-BCHemophilia Nurse Coordinator

Daryl Moczygemba became a nurse because of his exposure to the healthcare field as a child (his mother is a retired nurse). In 1997, Daryl became the Hemophilia Nurse Coordinator for the South TX Hemophilia Treatment Center in San Antonio and worked under the late Dr. Howard A. Britton. Under his tutelage, Daryl developed a passion for understanding benign hematological conditions (i.e. Sickle Cell Disease, Hemophilia, and Anemias). Daryl wanted to have a greater role in the care of these patients.

Session(s)
Town Hall: Sickle Cell (TH8)
Facility
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
Location
Austin, Texas
Kitty Montgomery, PhD RN PCNS-BC CPHON®--Clinical Nurse Specialist

Kitty Montgomery, PhD RN PCNS-BC CPHON®Clinical Nurse Specialist

As an advanced practice nurse, Dr. Montgomery has 10 years of experience in pediatric oncology and understand the current pediatric treatment and supportive care regimens. Dr. Montgomery is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Nursing Research Subcommittee. In 2013,  Dr. Montgomery completed her PhD degree in nursing. In Dr. Montgomery's doctoral dissertation, she described communication patterns between experienced pediatric oncology nurses, patients, families, and healthcare professionals during the end of life. Dr. Montgomery's research program is transitioning toward symptom management during the end of life, as opportunities to improve the child and parent experience became apparent through the stories of nurses included in my dissertation research and current literature.
Session(s)
Are Your Patients with Advanced Cancer Suffering? A Nurse-Led Study Utilizing Technology to Measure Symptoms (C205)
Facility
UW Health, American Family Children's Hospital
Location
Madison, Wisconsin