Editor in Chief
Thomas Abrams, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Senior Physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Director of the Liver Cancer Task Force of the Harvard Cancer Center. He specializes in the treatment of patients with gastrointestinal cancers, including pancreatic, gastric, colorectal, esophageal, gallbladder, and primary liver cancers. Dr. Abrams’ primary research interest is the early detection of liver cancers through the discovery and application of novel biomarkers. He has authored or coauthored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Sara Hurvitz, MD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Director of the Breast Cancer Clinical Research Program at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine. She is also Co-Director of the Santa Monica–UCLA Outpatient Hematology/Oncology Practices and Medical Director of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Clinical Research Unit. Dr. Hurvitz specializes in the treatment of patients with breast cancer. She has designed, implemented, and led national and international trials evaluating novel treatments for this disease.
Ulka Vaishampayan, MD, is a Professor of Internal Medicine and the Director of the Phase 1 Program at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. She is also the Chair of the SWOG Advanced Renal Committee, a member of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Renal Task Force, and a board member of the Michigan Society of Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Vaishampayan specializes in the treatment of genitourinary malignancies, including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and renal cell carcinoma, and her research focuses on translational drug development. She has authored or coauthored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Mikel Ross, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, OCN®, CBCN®, is a nurse practitioner at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), where he specializes in the treatment of patients with breast cancer. He is also the lead clinician for MSKCC’s scalp cooling program, which seeks to minimize chemotherapy-induced hair loss. Mr. Ross has authored or coauthored numerous publications focused on oral therapy adherence and symptom management to optimize outcomes in patients with breast cancer. He has won several awards, including the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) Certified Breast Care Nurse of the Year.
Maria Badillo, MSN, RN, OCN®, CCRP, is the Research Nurse Manager in the Mantle Cell Lymphoma/Myeloma Department at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. As a clinical trial manager, she develops research strategies and programs, manages protocol design and implementation, and coordinates patient participation in phase 1, 2, and 3 clinical trials. Ms. Badillo has been a speaker at several conferences, including the Oncology Nursing Society Congress and the Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators Conference. Her research focuses on the development of novel therapeutics for patients with hematologic malignancies and the management of adverse events to optimize treatment outcomes.