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2018 – 2019 Advisory Committee

Michael Borowitz, MD, PhD
Director, Division of Hematologic Pathology
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, MD
Mohamed Hersi
Mohamed Hersi, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Internal Medicine
Preceptor of Internal Medicine Rotation, Memorial City Medical Center
Houston, TX

Mohamed Hersi, PharmD, BCPS, joined the clinical pharmacy staff at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in 2013. His areas of interest include internal medicine and oncology.

Dr. Hersi received his PharmD from Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, and completed his PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

Elias Jabbour
Elias Jabbour, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Leukemia
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Elias Jabbour, MD, is actively involved in research in acute and chronic forms of leukemia; and was actively involved in clinical trials that led to the approval of several drugs in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He has assisted in the development of chemotherapeutic and biologic agents in leukemias, and has been involved in addressing the question of genomic instabilities in patients with low-risk MDS who may need earlier therapeutic intervention. This served as a rationale for the first study in the world randomizing such patients to either 5-azacitidine or decitabine. Dr. Jabbour has participated in numerous scientific meetings, authored or co-authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts, and serves as a reviewer for many scientific journals.

Dr. Jabbour is a recipient of several prestigious awards, among them merit awards from the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. He also received several honors, including the Kimberly Patterson and Shannon Timmins fellowships, the 2007 Celgene Future Leader in Hematology Award, and the 2016 Young Investigator in Hematology Award.

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Jeffrey Kendall, PsyD, LP
Director, Oncology Supportive Care
M Health Fairview
Minneapolis, MN

Jeffrey Kendall, PsyD, LP, is the Director of Oncology Supportive Care at M Health Fairview in Minneapolis, MN. He joined the University of Minnesota Cancer Care program in 2016 where he is dedicated to addressing the impact of cancer on individuals and families. Currently his professional time is divided among direct patient care, program administration, program development, and research collaboration.

Dr. Kendall speaks nationally and internationally and has published 40 journal articles and abstracts on topics related to psychosocial oncology and cancer survivorship. Dr. Kendall serves on committees for the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and the Association of Community Cancer Centers.

Dr. Kendall received his Doctorate from Indiana State University and completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychosocial Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.

Sandra E. Kurtin, PhD, ANP-C, AOCN
Director of Advanced Practice, Hematology/Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
University of Arizona Cancer Center
Tucson, AZ

Sandra Kurtin, PhD, ANP-C, AOCN, is a hematology/oncology nurse practitioner at the University of Arizona Cancer Center and an assistant professor of clinical medicine and adjunct clinical assistant professor of nursing at the Univrsity of Arizona’s College of Medicine. With over 30 years of experience in advanced practice, her oncology practice focuses on benign and malignant hematological disorders. Her research focuses on health technology engagement, communicative health literacy, and health self-management among older adult cancer survivors, as well as practice transformation to achieve best practice.  

Dr Kurtin is a founding board member and the immediate past president of the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO), as well as a member of American Society of Hematology (ASH), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). In addition, she is a member of the executive committee, board of directors and co-chair of the Nursing Leadership Board for the MDS Foundation. She also serves on the Hematology Board for the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition to these accolades, she has been an associate editor for The Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology since its inception and an editorial board member for JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics, ASH News, The Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, and the ASCO People Living with Cancer website. She has presented numerous regional, national, and international lectures on oncology-related topics and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. 

Dr Kurtin earned her BSN and MS in oncology nursing, her post-graduate certification in geriatric and adult practice, and her PhD in nursing at the University of Arizona. She is also an inaugural Fellow of Advanced Practice in Oncology (FAPO).

Barbara Rogers, CRNP, MN, AOCN, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA

Barbara Rogers, CRNP, MN, AOCN, ANP-BC, is a nurse practitioner at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. She has 40 years of oncology experience with the majority of that time focused on the care of patients with hematologic malignancies.

She has authored many peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as given multiple presentations related to the care of patients with hematologic malignancies and symptom management of various treatments for malignancy.

Ms. Rogers has held leadership positions in multiple organizations including serving on the ONS Board of Directors, chair of the ONS Nominating Committee, and chair of the Advanced Practice Test Development Committee of the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. She is currently a member of the Education Committee of the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO).

Patient Advocacy Partner

Meredith Barnhart, PhD, LCSW-R, OSW-C
Director, Information Resource Center
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Rye Brook, NY

Meredith Barnhart, PhD, LCSW-R, OSW-C, is the director of the Information Resource Center at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). In her role, Dr. Barnhart oversees a team of information specialists who field inquiries from blood cancer patients and their loved ones. She and her team provide comprehensive, personalized, and up-to-date information on the blood cancers, treatment options that can include clinical trials, and support and financial resources.

Meredith has been awarded a Master's degree from Columbia University and a Doctor of Philosophy in social work from the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University. Her research focuses on the experiences and needs of families with multiple incidences of cancers.