- Consulting, Arranging and Referring: How to Create the Connections Needed for a Successful CAR T Patient Experience (004)
- Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
- Los Angeles, California
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.
Sarah Featherston started my career as a clinical nurse on the pediatric floor at MD Anderson Cancer Center 8 years ago and instantly discovered a passion for oncology, especially stem cell transplant. Three years ago she transitioned from floor nursing to an outpatient role in the Child and Adolescent Center as the Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cecilia Gladbach is currently the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) Coordinator /MIBG Coordinator for Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She is also a coordinator for the CAR T Cell therapy program. She has been an HSCT coordinator for the past 13 years and has worked as both an inpatient and outpatient nurse in the Center for Cancer Blood Disorders at Children's Medical Center for the past 26 years.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 received her BSN & MSN, from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the ACNO of Advanced Practice Nursing (APRN), Nursing Quality & Practice for the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Institute. She recently received her MBA in the Executive MBA program at Case Western Reserve University. The APRN scope involves overseeing the practice over 1600 APRN’s throughout the Cleveland Clinic Health System. Her role entails oversight for APRN scope, role expectations, quality assurance, recruitment, and consultant to all for any APRN topic. She is leading the growth of advanced practice nursing at the #2 hospital in the country, with a strategic focus on top of license and transition to practice.
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.
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.