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Faculty

Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures

Course Directors

Liza Blumenfeld, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Speech Pathologist
Co-Director, Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Joseph Califano, MD
Head and Neck Surgeon
Director, Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center
Vice Chief, Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Ezra Cohen, MD, FRCPSC, FASCO
Medical Oncologist
Chief, Division of Hematology-Oncology
Co-Director, Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Planning Committee

Jayna Athas
Program Manager, Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Richard Bryan Bell, MD, DDS, FACS, FRCS(ED)
Physician Executive, Providence Health & Services-Oregon
Director, Division of Surgical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Clinical Programs
Providence Cancer Institute
Co-Director, Providence Head and Neck Cancer Program and Clinic
Associate Member and Director of Surgical Oncology Research
Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Center
Portland, OR

Robert L. Ferris, MD, PHD, FACS
Director, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Hillman Professor of Oncology
Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research
Co-Director, Tumor Microenvironment Center
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Immunology, Radiation Oncology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Kristen Linnemeyer, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Speech Pathologist
Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Faculty

Clint T. Allen, MD    
Investigator and Senior Staff Clinician
National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Peter Belafsky, MD, MPH, PhD
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Director, Center for Voice and Swallowing
UC Davis
Sacramento, CA

Bill Brummel
Award winning Documentary Producer & Director
Recipient of the California Speech, Language and Hearing Association
2022 Distinguished Consumer Award
Los Angeles, CA

Kevin Thomas Brumund, MD
Head and Neck Surgeon, Gleiberman Head & Neck Cancer Center
Associate Professor of Surgery
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Julie Bykowski, MD
Chief of Neuroradiology
Professor of Radiology
UC San Diego 
La Jolla, CA

Charles Coffey, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Head and Neck Surgeon
Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Gregory A. Daniels, MD, PhD        
Professor of Medicine                                                            
Moores Cancer Center
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Andi Docktor, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Pathologist
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Lisa Evangelista, CScD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Director of Speech Pathology
Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
UC Davis Medical Center-Center for Voice and Swallowing
Davis, CA

Michael J. Gough, PhD   
Associate Member, Integrated Therapies Laboratory
Earle A. Chiles Research Institute
Providence Cancer Institute
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Adjunct Clinical Research Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Oregon Health & Science University    
Portland, OR

Theresa Guo, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

J. Silvio Gutkind, PhD        
Distinguished Professor and Chair                                   
Department of Pharmacology
Associate Director Basic Science
Co-Director, Hanna and Mark Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center
Moores Cancer Center
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Christian S. Hinrichs, MD
Chief, Section of Cancer Immunotherapy
Rutgers Cancer Institute
Co-Director, Duncan and Nancy MacMillan Cancer Immunology
& Metabolism Center of Excellence
New Brunswick, NJ

Kate Hutcheson, PhD
Professor, Department of Head & Neck Surgery
Chief, Section of Speech Pathology & Audiology
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Nancy Y. Lee, MD, FASTRO
Vice Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Service Chief, Head & Neck Radiation Oncology
Service Chief, Proton Therapy    
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY    

Scott M. Lippman, MD                                                                                                                      Director, Moores Cancer Center                                                                                                                    Professor of Medicine                                                                                                                                  UC San Diego Health                                                                                                                                     La Jolla, CA

Loren Mell, MD
Professor and Vice-Chair
Clinical & Translational Research
Director, Center for Precision Radiation Medicine (CPRM)
Co-Director, Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center
Section Chief, Head & Neck Cancer
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Ryan Orosco, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Surgical Oncologist
Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Ravi Patel, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Depts of Radiation Oncology and Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh Hillman Cancer Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Dayana Rivadeneira, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Tumor Microenvironment Center
Department of Immunology
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Hillman Cancer Center
Pittsburgh, PA 

Traci Roberts RD, MBA
Dietitian
Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Assuntina G. Sacco, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Medical Oncologist, Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center
Infusion Center Medical Director
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Stephen Schoenberger, PhD
Professor
Center for Cancer Immunotherapy
La Jolla, CA

Andrew Sharabi, MD, PhD        
Associate Professor
Director, Center for Precision Radiation Medicine (CPRM)
UC San Diego
Chair, ASTRO Education Committee Immunotherapy Track
La Jolla, CA

Sonia Sharma, PhD
Associate Professor
Center for Autoimmunity and Inflammation
Center for Cancer Immunotherapy
La Jolla, CA

Alyssa Shelton, MA, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Heath D. Skinner, MD, PhD    
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Heather M. Starmer, MA CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Director, Head and Neck Cancer Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation
Stanford Cancer Center
Stanford, CA
Matthew Taylor, MD        
Medical Oncology
Assistant Member, Earle A. Chiles Research Institute
Providence Cancer Institute
Portland, OR

Eric Tran, PhD            
Assistant Member
Antitumor T-Cell Response Laboratory
Earle A. Chiles Research Institute
Providence Cancer Institute
Portland, OR

Andrew Vahabzadeh-Hagh, MD
Surgical Oncologist
Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Judith Varner, PhD        
Professor of Pathology and Medicine
Director, Faculty Mentoring, Department of Pathology
Co-Director, Solid Tumor Therapeutics Program
Moores Cancer Center
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
    
Erin Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, IBCLC, BCS-S
Speech-Language Pathologist
UC San Diego Center for Voice and Swallowing
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Andrew D. Weinberg, PhD
Member and Judith A. Hartman Endowed Chair
Laboratory of Basic Immunology
Earle A. Chiles Research Institute
Providence Cancer Institute
Adjunct Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

Philip Weissbrod, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, UC San Diego Center for Voice and Swallowing
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA    

Lori J. Wirth, MD        
The Elizabeth and Michael Ruane Chair of Endocrine Oncology
Medical Director of Head and Neck Cancers,
Massachusetts General Hospital,
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School
Cambridge, MA

Dan P. Zandberg, MD    
Associate Professor of Medicine and Otolaryngology
Director, Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer Disease Sections
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Medical Oncology Co-Leader of the Head and Neck Cancer Program
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Pittsburgh, PA


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