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.

Miguel Abboud, MD-- Professor of Pediatrics

Miguel Abboud, MD Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Miguel Abboud is a Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology, Head of Sickle Cell Disease Program Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the American University of Beirut. Dr. Abboud was the first medical director (and co-founder) of the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon.
Session(s)
Primary Caregivers’ Knowledge Attitudes and Beliefs toward Palliative Care for Children with Cancer (235-3)
Facility
American University of Beirut
Location
Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon
Karen Albritton, MD--Director, AYA Oncology

Karen Albritton, MDDirector, AYA Oncology

Dr. Albritton is an Adolescent and Young Adult Oncologist. She has been active in national efforts to build up the field of AYA Oncology, including leading the NCI PRG on AYA, serving as Chair of the COG AYA committee, and now as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the national AYA Cancer Alliance. She is interested in building AYA programs that improve outcomes, both survival and quality of life. As fertility is an important issue to young cancer survivors, having a strong fertility preservation program as part of out offerings is critical.

Session(s)
You Deserve to Preserve: A Proposal to Offer Fertility Preservation to All Eligible Pediatric Oncology Patients (221)
Facility
Cook Children's Medical Center
Location
Fort Worth, Texas
Huda Abu-Saad Huijer, RN PhD FEANS FAAN--Dean

Huda Abu-Saad Huijer, RN PhD FEANS FAANDean

Dr. Huda Abu-Saad Huijer is a Professor of Nursing Science and currently the Dean Faculty of Health Sciences -University of Balamand (Lebanon). Dr. Huijer has an extensive academic experience as a tenured full professor and Founding Dean of the Hariri School of Nursing at the American University of Beirut.
Session(s)
Primary Caregivers’ Knowledge Attitudes and Beliefs toward Palliative Care for Children with Cancer (235-3)
Facility
University of Balamand
Location
Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon
Suzanne Ameringer, PhD RN FAAN  Assistant Editor JOPHON--Florence E. Elliott Professor; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Suzanne Ameringer, PhD RN FAAN Assistant Editor JOPHONFlorence E. Elliott Professor; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Suzanne Ameringer, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Nursing. She also serves as an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing.
Janie Avila, MSN APRN FNP-C CPON®--Nurse Practitioner, Division of Pediatrics

Janie Avila, MSN APRN FNP-C CPON®Nurse Practitioner, Division of Pediatrics

Janie Avila is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital in Houston, Texas. She started in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology as a Registered Nurse in 2001 in the inpatient setting and then transferred to outpatient clinic. In 2008, she obtained CPON certification as well as certification as an APHON Chemo/Bio Instructor. She has also worked in Pediatric Home Health and Hospice.

Session(s)
Wearing Two Hats: Professional Boundaries When Balancing Direct Care and Research Roles (223-3)
Facility
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Location
Houston, Texas
Lisa Bashore, PhD APRN CPNP-PC CPON®--Associate Professor of Nursing

Lisa Bashore, PhD APRN CPNP-PC CPON®Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Lisa Bashore earned her doctoral degree in clinical research in 2010 from the University of Texas, Arlington. Her clinical and investigative foci have been in the care and long-term follow-up for childhood, adolescent, and young adult cancer survivors. Before earning her doctoral degree, Dr. Bashore was recruited by the Cook Children’s Health Care System to design the current survivorship program, the Life After Cancer Program, where she continues to serve in a part-time clinical role and is engaged in investigative work.

Session(s)

Translating Evidence into Practice: A Workshop Providing Mentorship, Collaboration, and Support to Assist in Implementation of EBP/QI Projects (003)

Facility
Texas Christian University and Cook Children's Health Care System
Location
Fort Worth, Texas
Donna Bell, MSN ARPN FNP-C CPHON®--Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Donna Bell, MSN ARPN FNP-C CPHON®Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Donna Bell is a family nurse practitioner at the Children's Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Donna specializes in pediatric leukemia, lymphoma and has been integral in developing the adolescent and young adult program at the CCH. Donna's is a PhD doctoral student and her research is focused on fertility preservation in the AYA population.
Session(s)
Bench to Bedside: DNP and Nurse Researcher Collaboration (206)
Facility
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Location
Houston, Texas
C Robert Bennett, PhD CPNP-AC PPCNP-BC--Postdoctoral Fellow in Palliative Care and Aging

C Robert Bennett, PhD CPNP-AC PPCNP-BCPostdoctoral Fellow in Palliative Care and Aging

Dr. C. Robert Bennett is a postdoctoral fellow in Palliative Care and Aging research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His work focuses on hope and resilience in AYA cancer survivors. Dr. Bennett has over 20 years of clinical experience in pediatrics, has presented at multiple national conferences on hope in AYAs, and his research has been published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.
Session(s)

Storytelling Through Art and Narratives in Adolescents and Young Adults who Have Advanced Cancer. (211-3)

 

Facility
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Location
Scottsdale, Arizona
Mindy Bibart, MSN RN NE-BC CPHON®--Director, Clinical Services Hem/Onc/BMT & Apheresis — APHON Central Ohio Chapter President

Mindy Bibart, MSN RN NE-BC CPHON®Director, Clinical Services Hem/Onc/BMT & Apheresis — APHON Central Ohio Chapter President

Mindy Bibart has 16 years experience in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT nursing, with 12 years experience in progressive leadership. She has specialized training in patient safety, quality improvement, and process improvement. In her current position, she oversees clinical operations for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT and Apheresis units, including inpatient nursing, ambulatory nursing, advanced practice nurses, clinical research nurses, and nurse navigators. Mindy obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain College of Nursing, specializing in Nursing Administration. She has been a proud member of APHON for 13 years.
Angie Blackwell, MSN RN ACCNS-P CPON®--Clinical Nurse Specialist

Angie Blackwell, MSN RN ACCNS-P CPON®Clinical Nurse Specialist

Angie Blackwell has been working in pediatric hematology/oncology for 25 years and is currently the hematology/oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at CHOC Children’s Hospital. Angie’s focus is on unit and house-wide quality. Angie has led initiatives around CLABSI (hospital acquired and ambulatory), staff well-being, sepsis screening and USP. Angie serves on APHON’s Professional Development Committee and was the 2019 recipient of APHON’s EBP grant. Angie is currently the treasurer of my local APHON chapter.
Zanette Kanani Bradley, PharmD BCOP--Pediatric Ambulatory Oncology Clinical Pharmacist

Zanette Kanani Bradley, PharmD BCOPPediatric Ambulatory Oncology Clinical Pharmacist

Zanette Kanani Bradley, PharmD, BCOP is a pediatric clinical pharmacist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and specializes in pediatric oncology. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Kanani Bradley has worked as a clinical pharmacist in hematology/oncology since 2011.
Rachel Bright, MSN RN CPHON®--Nurse Leader

Rachel Bright, MSN RN CPHON®Nurse Leader

Rachel Bright earned her BSN from New York University and MSN in Nursing and Healthcare Leadership from Duke University. Rachel was a New York University Honors Scholar and inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International. Rachel is the Nurse Leader of the Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she previously worked as a bedside nurse.

Session(s)

 

Using Your Resources-The Role Of A Clinical Resource Nurse (208-2)

Facility
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Location
New York, New York
Anastasia Brown BSN RN CPHON® CCRP--Nurse Case Manager

Anastasia Brown BSN RN CPHON® CCRPNurse Case Manager

Ana Brown, BSN, RN, CPHON, RN is a Nurse Case Manager at Children's Minnesota, in the Cancer and Blood Disorders Program. Ana is primarily a neuro-oncology case manager within the clinic but also supports the infusion center and other clinic roles as well. She has held previous roles within that program as the Research Nurse and a Clinical Research Associate. She has been actively involved in Children's Oncology Group and is part of the EBP Team reviewing evidence on necessary education for patients and families regarding the use of ALK and MEK Inhibitors. Ana joined the COG Nursing Clinical Trials Subcommittee in 2022 as a CNS Core Group Nurse.
Session(s)
Targeting Patient and Family Education for ALK/MEK Inhibitor Therapy: What We Learned from the COG Nursing Evidenced Based Project (C204)
Facility
Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic Children's Minnesota
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kimberly Buff, BS--Executive Director

Kimberly Buff, BSExecutive Director

Kim Buff is the Founder and Executive Director of Momcology®, a community-based pediatric cancer support and patient advocacy organization. Kim also serves on the Children's Oncology Group Patient Advocacy Committee and is the co-creator of a multi-institutional hospital caregiver support group intervention. Kim is a recent past Board Member of the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2), and has served as a Community Mentor on a T32 Cancer Disaparaties Training grant.

Session(s)
Building Effective Partnerships in Nursing Practice and Research: Patient Advocacy Organizations and Nurses Supporting Each Other For Best Outcomes (227)
Facility
Momcology®
Location
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Alejandra Castillo, MSN RN--Clinical Research Nurse

Alejandra Castillo, MSN RNClinical Research Nurse

Alejandra Castillo graduated from the University of Maryland with her Bachelors of Science in Hearing and Speech Sciences in 2012. She worked as an Audiology Assistant at Sibley Memorial Hospital before deciding to switch career tracks to pursue nursing. In 2019, she earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She completed the Master's Level Entry-Into-Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader program.
Session(s)
The Role of the Pediatric Clinical Research Nurse in the Management of Severe Aplastic Anemia (208-1)
Facility
National Institutes of Health
Location
Laurel, Maryland
Peter Cole, MD--Professor of Pediatrics, Chief Pediatric Hematology Oncology Division

Peter Cole, MDProfessor of Pediatrics, Chief Pediatric Hematology Oncology Division

As Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Dr. Peter Cole is committed to improving outcomes for children with cancer or blood disorders through a coordinated program of clinical and laboratory-based research. Dr. Cole's current research program focuses on improving curative therapy for children and young adults with hematologic malignancies.
Session(s)
Insurance and Neighborhood Opportunity Predict Adverse Events in Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (217-1)
Facility
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Location
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Erin Connelly, MSN APRN CPNP-PC CPON®--Developmental Therapeutics Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Manager of Advance Practice Providers

Erin Connelly, MSN APRN CPNP-PC CPON®Developmental Therapeutics Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Manager of Advance Practice Providers

Erin Connelly started in peds hem/onc 18 years ago as a bedside nurse. 12 years Erin became a pediatric nurse practitioner and transitioned to the neuro oncology team. For the last 6 years, in addition to clinical care, Erin is also the manager of our Advance Practice Providers on campus. Erin’s clinical interests are in neuro-oncology developmental therapeutics, along with a passion for pediatric palliative care. Erin lives at home with my husband, Paul, their two children, Patrick (5) & Reagan (3), and their 3 dogs.
Session(s)
Wearing Two Hats: Professional Boundaries When Balancing Direct Care and Research Roles (223-3)
Facility
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center/Emory University
Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Teresa Conte, PhD CPNP--Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing

Teresa Conte, PhD CPNPAssociate Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing

Dr. Teresa Conte has been a nurse for 25 years, 19 of which were spent at the bedside in pediatric oncology. She currently is a professor of pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Nursing at the University of Scranton. Dr. Conte has been fortunate to travel throughout the United States and Canada providing workshops on self-care and resiliency for nurses. She is also a Safe-Zone trainer and serves on the Safe Zone Committee at Scranton. Dr. Conte works with the committee to provide Safe Zone training to individuals and groups on campus and in the Scranton community with the goal of increasing awareness and opening dialogues about gender, sexuality, and inclusion.
Session(s)
Safe Zone Training (006)
Facility
University of Scranton
Location
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Brittany Cooper, APRN-CNP--Nurse Practitioner

Brittany Cooper, APRN-CNPNurse Practitioner

Brittany Cooper received a BSN from Xavier University in 2010. Brittany started as a bedside nurse on the BMT unit. Brittany completed an MSN with a focus as a pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Cincinnati in 2016. Brittany has been a nurse practitioner in pediatric oncology on the solid tumor team since 2016.
Session(s)
Pediatric Oncology Safety Simulation (223-2)
Facility
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Location
Cincinnati, Ohio
Caroline Costello, MBA BSN RN CPON® BMTCN®  NPD-BC--Nursing Education Coordinator

Caroline Costello, MBA BSN RN CPON® BMTCN® NPD-BCNursing Education Coordinator

Caroline Costello has been a pediatric nurse for over thirty-seven years and is both CPON certified and BMTCN. Thirty of those years have been in Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) both at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) and Duke University Medical Center. For the past twenty-four years Caroline has been at BCH on the HSCT Unit, serving as the Nursing Education Coordinator for the past fifteen years. As the educator Caroline facilitates and provides patient and staff education. For families Caroline has developed patient teaching videos and family education sheets as well as provide one-one education. For nursing staff development, Caroline developed specific program initiatives as well as facilitate all education initiative in the program.
Session(s)
HSCT for MPS disorders (Hunters and Hurlers) (217-2)
Facility
Boston Children's Hospital
Location
Melrose, Massachusetts
Stacey Crane, PhD RN CPON®--Assistant Professor

Stacey Crane, PhD RN CPON®Assistant Professor

Dr. Crane's overarching research goal is to improve the outcomes of children with cancer by enhancing the conduct of precision oncology therapies and early phase clinical trials. This research trajectory was directly informed by her experiences caring for children with cancer and their families, which includes 13 years as a staff nurse and clinical trial research nurse. Her clinical experiences solidified her passion to conduct research that will make a difference in the lives of children with cancer and their families, and that will honor their treatment decisions and support their quality of life.
Patricia Cullen PhD RN CPNP-PC--Professor of Nursing and Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs

Patricia Cullen PhD RN CPNP-PCProfessor of Nursing and Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs

Dr. Cullen is Professor and Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies in the School of Nursing at Regis University and has been a certified pediatric nurse practitioner for more than 40 years. During her tenure at Regis University she has also served as Chair of the Institutional Review Board in addition to her academic duties. She serves as the lead of the graduate nursing programs at Regis University and developed and implemented the first family nurse practitioner program serving rural Colorado.

Session(s)
Hot Topics in Pediatric Oncology: Updates from the Children’s Oncology Group (C222)
Facility
Regis University
Location
Denver, Colorado
Paula Cuthrell, DNP APRN FNP-BC--Nurse Practitioner

Paula Cuthrell, DNP APRN FNP-BCNurse Practitioner

Paula Cuthrell, DNP APRN FNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner within the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and a central education consultant for Advanced Practice Providers across the institution. During her 26 years as a practicing APRN, she has focused her clinical role on the care of pediatric and young adult patients in the areas of bone marrow transplantation, immunology and hematology/oncology practice.

Session(s)
Pediatric Oncology Safety Simulation (223-2)
Facility
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Location
Cincinnati, Ohio
Scarlett Czarnecki, MSN RN CPHON®--Manager-Patient Care

Scarlett Czarnecki, MSN RN CPHON®Manager-Patient Care

Scarlett Czarnecki has been a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse for over 20 years working in various roles in both inpatient and settings. Currently, she is a Nurse Manager on the inpatient hematology/oncology unit at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. She is an active member of SCAPHON, having served on the board for 18 years including 2 terms as president. In addition to being a the chair of the Local Chapter Committee, she is a member of APHON's Nominating Committee. Scarlett previously served as the Chair for the 2019 APHON conference.
Session(s)
Local Chapter Strategies Session
Facility
Loma Linda University Children's Hospital
Location
Loma Linda, California
Christine Denhup, PhD APRN CPNP-PC--Associate Professor

Christine Denhup, PhD APRN CPNP-PCAssociate Professor

Dr. Christine Denhup is an Associate Professor in the EGAN School of Nursing and Health Studies at Fairfield University. Dr. Denhup graduated with her BSN from Southern Connecticut State University, MSN from Yale University, and PhD in Nursing from Seton Hall University. She holds licensure as a Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, and board certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care.

Pamela A. Dockx, BSN RN CPON®--Clinical Coordinator

Pamela A. Dockx, BSN RN CPON®Clinical Coordinator

Pam Dockx is currently the Clinical Coordinator on 6NE, the inpatient hematology/oncology/clinical research unit at Boston Children's Hospital. She has been a pediatric oncology nurse for 36 years with a focus on the unique needs of the complex pediatric oncology patient population. Pam has been an active member of APHON for the past 20 years and has presented at the local and national level both poster, paper and podium presentations on a variety of oncology topics including patient acuity, best practice for diagnosing thrombotic CVAD occlusions, and the use of low dose Ketamine in the non-ICU setting for pediatric hematology and oncology pain.
Elizabeth Duffy, DNP RN CPNP--Clinical Assistant Professor/Interim Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Elizabeth Duffy, DNP RN CPNPClinical Assistant Professor/Interim Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Duffy is a Clinical Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Michigan. She is actively engaged in graduate nursing education and nursing leadership. She is the current Chair of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Nursing Committee for the Children's Oncology Group (COG) and an active member of the COG Nursing Steering Committee. She has served on and led several COG EBP projects, with publications on each. Dr. Duffy is also an active member of APHON. Dr. Duffy is the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Cheryl C. Rodgers Excellence in Evidence-Based Practice Award.
Session(s)
Targeting Patient and Family Education for ALK/MEK Inhibitor Therapy: What We Learned from the COG Nursing Evidenced Based Project (C204)
Facility
University of Michigan School of Nursing
Location
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Deborah Echtenkamp, MSN APRN-CNS CPON®--Clinical Nurse Specialist

Deborah Echtenkamp, MSN APRN-CNS CPON®Clinical Nurse Specialist

Deborah (Deb) Echtenkamp is the CNS for the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Health in Dallas, Texas. She received her BSN from Truman State University in Missouri and her MSN from California State University in Fresno. Deb has over 30 years of experience caring and advocating for children with cancer and blood disorders. After gaining experience in both Nebraska and California, Deb moved to Texas where she was instrumental in establishing the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/SCT program at Medical City Children's Hospital.

Session(s)

The Three C's Challenge-Crucial and Compassionate Conversations (005)

Facility
Children's Health
Location
Plano, Texas