Needs of AYA Survivors, A Physician’s Perspective – Beth Miller, M.D.

Beth MillerProgram Director and Associate Professor of Medicine for the University of Texas Southwestern Austin Programs, has been teaching residents in the internal medicine program since 1987 and serves as the medical director for the Seton Cancer Survivor Center. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Miller spent an additional year in Chapel Hill as the chief resident.

Dr. Miller has been committed to the care of patients in Austin for several years. Her awards and involvement in the medical community include Austin Monthly Magazine’s Best Doctors of Austin List 2004, Teacher of the Year – Internal Medicine, Austin Medical Education Programs and Education Chair for the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. Dr. Miller has two sons. In her free time, she enjoys running around Lake Lady Bird, gardening and singing.

Seton’s AYA Survivor Clinic- Here to Help – Christopher Hamilton

Christopher Hamilton, MPH, joined the LIVESTRONG Childhood Cancer Survivorship Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center in 2009 as the program manager. The clinic was opened in 2007 through a grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Aragona Family Foundation. Since that time, the clinic has sustained a 15 percent growth in patients and a 30 percent increase in patient visits each year. At the end of 2010, Seton proposed opening a new survivorship center for adolescents and young adults, the Seton Cancer Survivor Center. The clinic is integrating in to the UT Physicians Group Internal Medicine Clinic. A natural transition, Christopher has been working with the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Center, Seton Oncology Services team, UT Physicians Group, and providers from the Shivers Cancer Center to fully develop the survivorship services for adolescents and young adults.

Cancer?– I’m Too Young for This! – Matthew Zachary

Mathew ZacharyIn 1995, at the age of 21, concert pianist, composer and college Senior Matthew Zachary was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer and told he’d likely not survive six months let alone never perform again. He and his family were thrust into a cancer landscape vastly different from today’s.  Matt is the Founder and CEO of I’m Too Young for This, the nation’s leading grassroots advocate for the next generation of cancer survivors and their caregivers in their late teens, 20s and 30s. A TIME Magazine Best 50 Website for 2007, Matthew and his crew have helped bring the cause of ‘cancer under 40′ to the national spotlight and rallied a brand new generation of activists to ensure prompt detection, advocacy, research and support for this forgotten population.

Messages for Latino AYA Survivors – Venus Ginés (Spanish)

Venus GinesVenus Ginés, MA is the founder and Executive Director of Día de la Mujer Latina, an international health promotion organization whose mission is to promote health awareness to the underserved Latino community by providing a culturally and ethnically-specific education, facilitating early detection screening, prevention care interventions; promoting wellness with resource information, Promotores training and patient navigation for follow-up services. Venus is a cancer survivor and a strong advocate of adolescent and young adult survivors.  Nationally, she serves on the Steering Committee for the NCI-funded Redes en Accion,Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) and charter member of the Susan G. Komen National Hispanic/Latina Advisory Council and NCIs Directors Consumer Liaison Group. Venus is chair of the Health & Human Services National Promotoras Initiative and has been honored at the White House for her work in the Latino Community in 39 states.

Why Participate? – Research and Clinical Trials for AYA Survivors – Carol Robazetti-Hodgson, M.D., CCRC (Spanish)

Dr. Robazetti-Hodgson is the Chair of Día de La Mujer Latina and is currently the Manager of Research Planning & Development for the Department of Obstetric and Gynecology in The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Dr. Robazetti-Hodgson is also the Data Manager for the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG).  She graduated from medical school in Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida-Venezuela. She has completed specialized training in gynecologic ultrasound, urodynamics and microsurgery.