Returning to Practice in the Post-COVID-19 Era: Hematology Disease Education

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Panelists will discuss considerations for resuming pre-pandemic level visits and procedures for patients with CLL, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and Multiple Myeloma. Panelists will also discuss their wins and challenges with providing care to respective patients in a pandemic.


  • Sean T. Powell, MSW, LCSW, CCM, OSW-C, Director, Social Work and Patient Support Services, Moffitt Cancer Center 
  • David H. Vesole, MD, PhD, FACP, Co-Division Chief, Director of Research Multiple Myeloma Division, John Theurer Cancer Center Hackensack University Medical Center; Director, Myeloma Program; Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University 
  • Shannon L. Woerner, APN-BC, AOCNP, Director of Clinical Operations, Astera Cancer Care


  • Adriana Rossi, MD, Associate Director, Myeloma Center, Weill Cornell Medicine 

This webinar is part of the Returning to Practice in the Post COVID-19 Era: Hematology Disease education project. Funding & support provided by AbbVie.

Adriana Rossi, MD (Moderator)

Associate Director, Myeloma Center​, Weill Cornell Medicine​

Dr. Adriana Rossi is the Associate Director of the Myeloma Center at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she participates in a number of clinical trials, from first in human drug development to multicenter phase III studies. Her research interests include renal disease in plasma cell dyscrasias, and she is a member of the International Kidney and Monoclonal Gammopathy Research Group. Dr. Rossi also heads the Autologous Stem Cell Transplant service and works to develop more effective and less toxic alternatives for patients with multiple myeloma. She is a reviewer for Leukemia and Lymphoma, Hematology/Oncology and Stem cell Therapy, and Annals of Hematology. Dr. Rossi has given a number of invited talks, including ASCO and international conferences in Brazil and France.  

Sean T. Powell, MSW, LCSW, CCM, OSW-C

Director, Social Work and Patient Support Services, Moffitt Cancer Center

Sean Powell is the Director of Department of Social Work and Patient Support Services at Moffitt Cancer Center, where he is responsible for administrative oversight of the departments of Social Work and Chaplaincy Care, Tobacco Cessation, Arts in Medicine, and Lodging. Powell has previously served in leadership positions at St. Vincent’s HealthCare, New Directions Behavioral Health, and the American Cancer Society. He has served in clinical roles at the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and the American Cancer Society. Powell earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work from Radford University. He possesses board certifications in oncology social work and clinical case management from the Association of Oncology Social Work and the Commission for Case Management Certification. Powell’s clinical interests include end-of-life care and issues facing long-term cancer survivors.   

David H. Vesole, MD, PhD, FACP

Co-Division Chief; Director of Research​, Multiple Myeloma Division​, Hackensack University Medical Center, John Theurer Cancer Center; Director, Myeloma Program; Professor of Medicine​, Georgetown University​

David H. Vesole, MD, PhD, FACP, is co-chief, Myeloma Division, director, Myeloma Research at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center; professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Seton Hall University School of Medicine; director, Myeloma Program, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is a member of the Stem Cell Transplant & Cellular Immunotherapy Program at both Hackensack UMC and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. 

Dr. Vesole’s research interests involve all aspects of the management of plasma cell dyscrasias (multiple myeloma, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, amyloidosis, Waldenstrom’s macroglolinemia). Dr. Vesole has had more than 25 years of clinical research experience in plasma cell dyscrasias and stem cell transplant and has over 200 peer reviewed publications in these areas. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Myeloma Foundation and a member of the International Myeloma Working Group. 

Dr. Vesole earned his bachelor of sciences degree at the University of Iowa; his PhD in Immunology and Microbiology at the Medical University of South Carolina; his medical degree at Northwestern University and completed his hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Iowa. 

Shannon L. Woerner, APN-BC, AOCNP

Director of Clinical Operations, Astera Cancer Care

Shannon L. Woerner is an adult nurse practitioner specializing in the care of adult oncology patients in Central New Jersey. She is also the director of clinical operations of Regional Cancer Care Associates, Central Jersey Division. Woerner has been an oncology nurse for 10 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings. 


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