Bowdoin, DMD, is a board-certified general dentistry practitioner with 20 plus
years of experience and has additional board certifications in Sleep Medicine
and Head and Neck Pain. Dr. Bowdoin is passionate about bettering patient care,
and is eager to share his knowledge and experience with others. Dr.
Bowdoin graduated from The University of Florida in
Jacqueline Dibble, FNP-BC, APRN, RN, is a board-certified
Family Nurse Practitioner (ANCC). Dibble works in the Otolaryngology/Head and
Neck surgery service where she sees a variety of Head and Neck surgery patients
in clinic, assists in the operating room, and helps care for patients post
operatively on the inpatient floor.
Dibble is a member of the Society of Head and
Neck Nurses, Connecticut Advance Practice Registered Nurse Society, and the
American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She received the Ruth McCorkle
Oncology Advanced Practice Provider Award in 2020 and she presented at the
International AHNS conference in July 2023. Dibble received her Master of Science in
nursing and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Fairfield University.
Hilda Haynes-Lewis, PhD,
ANP-BC, AOCNP, currently works as a nurse practitioner in radiation oncology
and is the primary provider in the Prostate Survivorship program in the
Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center. She is an assistant professor of radiation
oncology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has worked as an
oncology nurse for over 30 years.
Dr. Haynes-Lewis’ research focuses on the impact
supportive care needs and distress on older adults with advanced cancer. Dr.
Haynes-Lewis has presented nationally on the topics of palliative care,
radiation oncology, prostate cancer, symptom management and survivorship. She
has published numerous articles on varies topics related to cancer care.
Dr. Haynes-Lewis received her bachelor’s degree
from Alfred University, a graduate degree from Columbia University with a
concentration in oncology nursing, and her PhD from University of Utah with a
graduate certificate in gerontology.
Hutkin-Slade, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker and
certified oncology social worker at Sharp Grossmont Cancer Center, part of
Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, California. As a thirteen-year cancer
survivor, she brings personal and professional experience to her work with
patients and families as they move through their cancer journey. Linda
has worked in outpatient oncology for ten years and facilitates many support
groups, offers multiple monthly educational workshops, and serves as the
psychosocial coordinator for INCP. She works one on one with patients,
survivors, and their caregivers.
spearheaded efforts to develop and implement an innovative continuum of care
across Sharp HealthCare to address cancer-related cognitive impairment. She has
worked extensively in health care, both in direct service and in management. As
an oncology social worker, she is active in AOSW (Association of Oncology
Social Work) most recently as the 2023 AOSW Conference Co-Chair, and currently
as the co-chair of the Radiation Therapy Special Interest Group. During her
stint in heart transplantation, she was active in the Society for Heart and
Lung Transplant Social Work (now Society for Transplant Social Workers) in a
variety of leadership roles, including President.
received a master in social work from San Diego State University, and a bachelor’s
degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, both in San
Jessi Maxwell, MD, MPH, has been a faculty member in the Georgetown Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery since 2015. Dr. Maxwell oversees the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Program at the VA Medical Center in Washington, District of Columbia. She is an integral member of the VA Medical Center’s multidisciplinary head and neck tumor conference.
Dr. Maxwell’s clinical interests include transoral robotic surgery, endocrine surgery, salivary gland abnormalities, and obstructive sleep apnea. Her research interests include Human papillomavirus (HPV) in head and neck cancer and salivary gland disorders.
Dr. Maxwell is a graduate of University of Michigan Medical School and the University of Pittsburgh residency program. She completed her fellowship in head and neck cancer surgery with advanced training in the management of all types of head and neck cancer, including transoral robotic and laser surgery.
Steven Powell, MD, is an Associate Scientist in Medical Oncology
at Sanford Cancer Center and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the
Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls, South
Dakota. Dr. Powell is the Head of Enterprise Oncology Research at Sanford and
leads the advanced cancer therapeutics and precision oncology research
Dr. Powell’s expertise is in phase I and II clinical trials, with
a focus on cancer immunotherapy and genomic-matched treatments. Clinically he focuses
on the management of head and neck malignancies, melanoma, and lung cancer.
Through these efforts, he has led over 30 clinical trials leading to more than
50 co-authored publications and published abstracts in highly respected
journals including The New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal
of Clinical Oncology. Nationally he has served on the National Cancer
Institute Head and Neck Cancer Steering Committee, the American Society of
Clinical Oncology (ASCO) TAPUR Molecular Tumor Board, and Alliance
Dr. Powell earned his
medical degree from The University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine,
and a Bachelor of Science degree in bioengineering and biomedical engineering
from Arizona State University. He completed a residency in internal medicine
from the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, a residency at the
University of Minnesota, and a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology from the
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.
Angie Rush is a survivor of Stage 4, non-HPV, head and neck cancer. Advocating for anyone affected with Head and Neck Cancer has become Rush’s goal in life. We keep the motto of “everything happens for a reason”, no matter how big or small in our family. Our paths are always changing, and we are just along for the ride, Tomorrow is another day, but never promised and no matter what, KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
Sexton serves as the Vice President of programs for the Head and Neck Cancer
Alliance in Charleston, South Carolina. Sexton has spent the majority of her
three-decade career working in non-profit management, guiding communications
and marketing teams. She served as the Vice President of Communications for
many national/international organizations, including Mental Health America,
Special Olympics International and Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, to
name a few.
Watts, MD, PhD, serves as an Associate Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and
Communication Sciences at the Duke Cancer Network in Durham, North Carolina. In
July 2022, Dr. Watts was appointed the Associate Director for Equity, Diversity,
and Inclusion (EDI) for the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI). In this inaugural
position for the DCI, Dr. Watts oversees creation of the plan to enhance
diversity which includes development and implementation of an EDI strategic
plan in the DCI that is in alignment with the Duke School of Medicine and the
Duke University Health System’s larger EDI/DEI vision.
Watts’ research focuses on understanding the role tumor microenvironment
mesenchymal stromal cells play in mediating treatment resistance and cancer
recurrence. She has received numerous grants in this space and recently
has begun studies related to racial disparities in head and neck cancer,
including pilot funding from the DCI and NRG Oncology examining gene expression
changes between Black and White patients with human papilloma virus positive
oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Nationally, Dr. Watts has served as
member of the Women in Surgery Committee for the American College of Surgeons
for seven years and has been the Chair of the Mentorship subcommittee for the
last 2 years.
Dr. Watts earned a
medical degree from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland, and a
bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia in