Building Multidisciplinary Capacity to Care for Patients with Advanced Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers
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How can multidisciplinary care be optimized to improve care for patients with advanced non-melanoma skin cancers?
In this webinar, Building Multidisciplinary Capacity to Care for Patients with Advanced Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers, expert Mark Faries, MD, FACS, and co-director of Cutaneous Oncology at The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute along with special guests Jennifer DeSimone, MD, and specialty care physician of dermatology at Inova Schar Cancer Institute and Rachel Saks, MSS, LSW, OSW-C, and senior director of education at Cancer Support Community will explore opportunities to expand multidisciplinary care collaboration and coordination to improve care for patients with non-melanoma skin cancers.
The webinar will also provide an opportunity to identify strategies to conduct a quality improvement initiative as well as discuss resources available to providers seeking to improve quality care for this patient population. This webinar builds on ACCC’s Advanced Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers Visiting Experts Program conducted in 2022 which highlights effective practices for supporting, treating, and managing patients with advanced non-melanoma skin cancer.
Mark B. Faries, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery, Co-Director, Cutaneous Oncology
The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute
Dr. Faries is a surgical oncologist and the co-director of the Melanoma Program and head of Surgical Oncology at The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute in Los Angeles. He also is the surgical director for Experimental Therapeutics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He received his undergraduate education at Haverford College and completed medical school at Cornell. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and a surgical oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute.
Dr. Faries is principal investigator (PI) for the second Multicenter Selective Lymphadenectomy Trial, an international trial including more than 4,000 subjects. He serves on the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Melanoma Staging Committee and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)/Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Melanoma Guidelines panel and is a member of the editorial board of the Annals of Surgical Oncology. His research focuses on surgical treatment of melanoma and immunotherapy.
Jennifer DeSimone, MD
Specialty Care Physician, Dermatology
Inova Schar Cancer Institute
Jennifer DeSimone, MD is a board-certified specialty care physician of dermatology at Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Va. Her clinical interests include management of cutaneous lymphomas, skin cancer in organ transplant recipients, and other complex skin cancers.
Dr. DeSimone served as Director of Cutaneous Lymphoma at Inova Schar and assistant professor of the Department of Dermatology at Georgetown University Hospital. She also serves as a member of the United States Cutaneous Lymphoma Consortium, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Medical Association. Among her accolades, Dr. DeSimone has been recognized among Washingtonian magazine’s “Top Docs” in 2020.
Dr. DeSimone earned her medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, completed her internship at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in internal medicine, and her residency at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in dermatology. She also completed a fellowship in cutaneous oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Rachel Saks, MPH
Senior Director, Education
Cancer Support Community
Rachel Saks, MPH, serves as the Senior Director of Education at Cancer Support Community. In this role, she collaborates with and supervises the education team to create and implement relevant education and outreach programs to patients, families, and caregivers affected by cancer. She has spent her entire professional career in healthcare providing support, advocacy, and education to patients while always maintaining a focus on improving access to care.
Ms. Saks earned her master’s degree in social services from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She holds her license in social work from the state of Pennsylvania.
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