No Stomach For Cancer – Scientific Advisory Council

Scientific Advisory Council members are highly accomplished professionals with medical and/or research background, who provide expert and comprehensive perspectives as well as guidance to No Stomach For Cancer, Inc. with regard to technical, medical, and research related topics.  The Council provides knowledge and support that are critical in furthering our Mission.

 

Nita Ahuja MD

Nita Ahuja, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology
Chief: Section of GI Oncology, Breast, Melanoma, Sarcomas and Endocrine Cancers
Director of Gastrointestinal Sarcomas
Director Peritoneal Surface Malignancies Program
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
 

Fatima Carneiro, MD, PhD

Fátima Carneiro, MD, PhD

Professor
Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of Porto University (IPATIMUP)
and Faculty of Medicine/Hospital S. João
Porto, Portugal

Dr. Carneiro is Professor of Anatomic Pathology at the Porto University, Department Head of Anatomic Pathology at the Hospital S. Joao in Port, and Senior Investigator for IPATIMUP. She is president-elect of the European Society of Pathology, and a long-standing member of the Steering Group of the International Gastric Cancer Linkage Consortium.  Dr. Carneiro is also the Coordinator of the Portuguese Network of Tumor Banks.

 

Daniel C. Chung, MD

Daniel C. Chung, MD

Clinical Chief, Gastrointestinal Unit
Director, GI Cancer Genetics Program, Cancer Center
Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

 

Parry Guilford, BSc, MSc, PhD

Parry Guilford, BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor
Cancer Genetics Laboratory
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand

Professor Parry Guilford is a principal Investigator in the Cancer Genetics Laboratory, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and the Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Pacific Edge Biotechnology Ltd. He completed his MSc at Otago in 1983, and his PhD at Cambridge University in 1989. During postdoctoral studies at the Paasteur Institute in Paris, he led a team that localised the first genes for non-syndromic recessive deafness. His current research interests include the genetics of inherited cancers, in particular stomach cancer, and the application of genetics to the diagnosis and management of cancer. He has worked for the last 10 years with the Maori tribe Ngai te Rangi researching the causes and treatment of inherited stomach cancer.

 

David G. Huntsman, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG

David G. Huntsman, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG

Interim Director, OvCaRe BC
Professor, Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine, UBC
Medical Director, Centre for Translational and Applied Genomics, BC Cancer Agency
Vancouver, BC

Dr. David Huntsman is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The University of British Columbia (UBC), a Staff Pathologist at the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA), and a Consulting Pathologist at the Vancouver General Hospital.

Dr. Huntsman attended medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland from 1984–88 and after completing a rotating internship, practiced family medicine in Labrador for two years. Following his experience in family medicine, he entered and completed a pathology residency and trained in clinical molecular genetics at UBC and subsequently studied cancer genetics at Cambridge University, UK.

Dr. Huntsman is currently the Interim Director of the BC multidisciplinary ovarian cancer research team (OvCaRe), Medical Director of the Centre for Translational and Applied Genomics (CTAG) at the BCCA, co-Director of the Genetic Pathology Evaluation Centre (GPEC) at the Jack Bell Research Centre, VGH, and Associate Director of the Hereditary Cancer Program (HCP) at the BC Cancer Agency.

Dr. Huntsman has active research programs in hereditary gastric cancer as well as in the development of predictive and prognostic tissue based cancer biomarkers of a wide variety of tumor types. As collaboration is critical in his field, Dr. Huntsman happily leads and engages in a wide number of multidisciplinary research groups.

 

Pardeep Kaurah, MSC, CCGC

Pardeep Kaurah, MSc, CCGC

Research Genetic Counsellor
Hereditary Cancer Program
BC Cancer Agency
Vancouver, BC

Pardeep Kaurah is a research genetic counselor at the Hereditary Cancer Program at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver. She received her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 1995. She has been the research clinical coordinator for the Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer Study in BC since 2002. She is also currently doing her doctoral degree which involves documenting and describing the clinical outcomes and quality of life in individuals who have had prophylactic total gastrectomy.

 

Gregory Y. Lauwers, MD

Gregory Y. Lauwers, MD

Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Dr. Lauwers research has focused on oncologic surgical pathology in the areas of gastrointestinal. Dr. Lauwers has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles, editorials, reviews and book chapters and has been a regular invited speaker at all major national and international pathology meetings. He is also Adjunct Professor of Pathology at Saitama Medical University in Japan. Dr Lauwers serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Surgical Pathology, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, as well as Modern Pathology and is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He is co-author of several text books and of the upcoming 4th edition of the “Tumors of the Esophagus and Stomach” published by the AFIP, and a co-editor of the 5th edition of Morson and Dawson’s Textbook of Gastrointestinal Pathology.

 

Paul F. Mansfield, MD

Paul F. Mansfield, MD

Vice President, Acute Care Services
Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas USA

Paul F. Mansfield, MD, is vice president of Acute Care Services, and professor of Surgical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has won numerous awards throughout his career including the National Cancer Institute’s Research Fellowship Trainee in 1988, the American Cancer Society’s Clinical Oncology Fellowship Award in 1990, Outstanding Teacher Award in 1994, Faculty Achievement Award for Patient Care in 2002, the Ehrenzeller Award in 2009, and Patients’ Choice Award in 2009.

In 1983, he received his Doctorate of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. After completing a Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson, he became Assistant Professor with the Department of Surgical Oncology in 1991 and went on to become Professor in 2003, and Deputy Chairman of this department in 2007. In May of 2011, he was named Vice President for Acute Care Services.

Dr. Mansfield is certified with the American Board of Surgery. He has special interests in appendiceal and gastric cancer. He has authored and co-authored over 140 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed publications, and has given presentations at numerous national and international conferences.

 

Devanshi Patel, MS, CGC

Devanshi Patel, MS, CGC

Senior Genetic Counselor
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Boston, MA

Devanshi Patel is a licensed genetic counselor who earned her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. After graduating she joined the cardiology department at Children’s Hospital Boston where she gained experience working with pediatric, adult and prenatal cardiovascular genetics patients in both clinical and research capacities. She then went on to join Center for Medical Genetics at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (now Northshore University Healthsystem) in Illinois where was involved in providing clinical care for adult patients. She was also the research coordinator for the Pancreatic Cancer Family Registry. In 2005, she joined the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Cancer Risk Assessment. Devanshi provides cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling services to patients within the diverse clinical programs at the MGH Cancer Center. Her activities also include educating health-care providers and the lay-public in genetics, student supervision and training. Devanshi’s primary interests lie in patient care and education outreach programs that facilitate the integration of genetics into medical care.

 

Raquel Seruca, MD, PhD

Raquel Seruca, MD, PhD

Group Leader of Cancer Genetics Group
Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of Porto University (IPATIMUP)
Affiliated Professor, Medical Faculty of Porto University
Portugal

Dr. Seruca serves as group leader for IPATIMUP as well as Professor on the Medical Faculty at Porto University. She holds memberships in numerous scientific committees throughout Europe, as well as long-standing membership in the International Gastric Cancer Linkage Consortium.

Current research interests for Dr. Seruca include molecular mechanisms of cancer invasion, especially E-cadherin and P-cadherin, as well as clinical aspects and cytomolecular genetics of gastrointestinal cancer in both sporadic and hereditary forms. She has co-authored more than 160 publications in international journals and three book chapters.

 

Vivian E. Strong, MD, FACS

Vivian E. Strong, MD, FACS

Associate Attending Surgeon
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
And
Associate Professor of Surgery
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
New York, NY

Dr. Vivian E. Strong is a board-certified surgeon specializing in cancer operations who has advanced training in minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopy). She is dedicated to applying hertechnical expertise and clinical interests primarily to patients with stomach (gastric) cancer and adrenal tumors.

She is a member of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Gastric Disease Management Team — a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists, and other medical professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of gastric cancer. The combined expertise of our specialized team allows us to come up with the best plan for each patient.
Vivian E. Strong Bio

 

Donna Walsh, MS, RD, CSO, LD

Donna Walsh, MS, RD, CSO, LD

Nutrition & Wellness Coordinator
Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care
Augusta, ME

Donna Walsh is a Registered Dietitian with over 30 years of experience in the field of nutrition and health education. She provides nutrition services for oncology patients at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Augusta. In addition, Donna also provides education and classes on nutrition and cancer prevention throughout the central Maine area.

Donna’s academic background includes degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics and Master’s in Public Health with emphasis on Community Health Education. She is a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

 

Sam S. Yoon, MD

Sam S. Yoon, MD

Associate Attending
Gastric and Mixed Tumor Service
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Sam S. Yoon, MD, is a surgical oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Dr. Yoon specializes in the treatment of patients with upper gastrointestinal malignancies including gastric cancer and soft tissue sarcomas. Dr. Yoon is a graduate of Harvard University and received his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego. He completed his residency in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and his fellowship in surgical oncology at MSKCC. He was an Associate Professor of Surgery at MGH and Harvard Medical School for 10 years before moving to MSKCC in 2012.

Dr. Yoon received additional training in gastric cancer surgery at Seoul National University Hospital, which performs nearly 1000 gastric cancer surgeries per year. He has published numerous articles on the staging and surgical treatment of patients with gastric cancer as well as on prophylactic total gastrectomy for patients with hereditary diffuse gastric cancer. Dr. Yoon’s clinical research focuses on the development of novel treatment strategies for patients with gastric cancer and sarcomas. Overall, he has published over 70 original research and review articles related to gastric cancer, sarcomas, and tumor angiogenesis in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Annals of Surgery.

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