AdventHealth Gynecologic Oncology News Briefs Summer 2019

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James E. Kendrick , MD, is serving as program committee co-chair for the 25th Florida Society of Gynecologic Oncology (FSGO) Annual Meeting that will be held June 6-9, 2019, in Longboat Key, Florida. During the FSGO meeting, AdventHealth gynecologic oncology physicians will make several clinical research presentations.

Nathalie D. McKenzie, MD, has recently been admitted to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Leadership Development Program (LDP) Class of 2018-2019. As part of the LDP, Dr. McKenzie recently traveled to Capitol Hill to advocate for NIH funding and garner support for the Clinical Treatment Act to ensure patients have access to the best possible cancer care. She personally met with the Florida and Georgia offices of the House and Senate. Dr. McKenzie received bipartisan welcome and commitment from the delegates on the Hill and was proud to volunteer her advice with regard to cancer research and funding. Looking to the future, she is eager to use her LDP training to further AdventHealth’s work toward becoming a premier National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center.

Dr. McKenzie

Additionally, Dr. McKenzie was recently invited by Howard A. Burris, MD, FASCO, ASCO President-elect, to serve as a member of the ASCO Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. Her appointment will be formally approved by the ASCO board of directors at their June meeting in Chicago, and her term will be effective as of June 5, 2019, immediately following the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting. As part of the appointment acceptance process, Dr. McKenzie will agree to volunteer her time to participate in committee meetings and projects.

Amanda J. Stephens, DO, recently won second prize in the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG) Poster Competition for AdventHealth’s research presentation “Disease Recurrence in Patients with Endometrial Cancer Undergoing Robotic Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping with Lymphadenectomy,” authored by Drs. Amanda J. Stephens, Jessica A. Kennard, Sarfraz Ahmad, Jasmine L. Gordon, Katherine A. Smith, Ketura Preya A. Wisner, James E. Kendrick, Nathalie D. McKenzie, Julie W. Pepe and Robert W. Holloway. The award was presented during the organization’s 86th Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Sarfraz Ahmad, PhD, helped organize the 8th National Meeting and 37th Annual Banquet of the Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America (ASIOA) in conjunction with the Experimental Biology Annual Meeting of the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) held in Orlando, Florida, on April 10, 2019. He also chaired a session on “Chemical/Clinical Sciences.” During the general body meeting, Dr. Ahmad was voted to serve as chair of the Nominating/Election Committee of ASIOA for 2019-2020.

For more information or to refer a patient, call GYN Oncology Care Coordinator Denise Cochran, MSN, ARNP, BC, at Call407-303-5909.

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