Karmanos Cancer Institute's 13th Annual Cancer Symposium

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute will present its 13th Annual Cancer Symposium:

The Cancer Patient's Journey: What You Need to Know

Saturday, September 9, 2023
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Online and In-Person in:

MotorCity Casino & Hotel
2901 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

Hospitality House
G-3170 Beecher Rd
Flint, MI 48532

Karmanos at McLaren Greater Lansing
3520 Forest Rd
Lansing, MI 48910

Topics include:

  • The role of imaging technology
  • The role of clinical trials
  • The role of genetic and genomic testing
  • Panel discussion: "Optimizing the Cancer Care Experience"


Time Topic
8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast All
8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks Elisabeth Heath, M.D.
Karmanos Cancer Institute - Detroit
8:45-9:15 a.m. Role of Imaging Technology in Cancer Management Natasha Robinette, M.D.
Chief of Radiology
Karmanos Cancer Institute - Detroit
9:15-9:45 a.m. Role of Genetic/Genomic Testing in Cancer Management Courtney Kokenakes
Genetic Counseling
Karmanos Cancer Institute - Detroit
9:45-10:15 a.m. The Role of Clinical Trials in Cancer Management

Hayley Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Center Director, Community Outreach & Engagement
Karmanos Cancer Institute - Detroit

Keith Hilton
Patient Advocate

10:15-10:45 a.m. Break and Visit Community & Sponsor Booths All
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Optimizing the Cancer Care Experience

  • New Diagnosis
  • In Treatment
  • After Treatment

New Diagnosis - Moderated by Jatin Rana, M.D. - Karmanos Cancer Institute - Lansing

  • Speakers: Jatin Rana, M.D. (physician); Sarah Barber (Nurse Navigator); Stephen Kaurala, Pharm.D., MBA, BCOP (KSP Specialty Pharmacist); Ashley Gregory (Financial Coordinator); Bill Winkler (Patient Advocate

In Treatment - Moderated by Brian Yeh, M.D. - Karmanos Cancer Institute - Flint

  • Speakers: Doug Glazier (McLaren Flint Foundation; Megan Landry (American Cancer Society); Frank Fields (Patient Advocate)

After Treatment - Moderated by Hadeel Assad, M.D. - Karmanos Cancer Institute - Detroit

  • Speakers: Felicity Harper, Ph.D. (Psychologist); Jennifer Beebe-Dimmer, Ph.D. (Karmanos Researcher/Exercise); Carmen Stokes (Dietitian); Josephine Roach (Patient Advocate)
12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch and visit community & sponsor booths All 
1:00-1:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker  Kathy Smolinski, MSW, JD
Director of Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic, Wayne State University Law School
1:45-2:00 p.m. Wrap Up and Conclusion Elisabeth Heath, M.D.
Karmanos Cancer Institute - Detroit


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