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Scientific Advisory Committee

LMSDR’s Scientific Advisory Committee is a well-rounded group of dedicated volunteers who have extensive knowledge of leiomyosarcoma and expertise in either the medical, pharmaceutical, research or patient support professions.

The Foundation’s Executive Committee appoints the Scientific Advisory Committee members, who serve primarily in an advisory capacity to the Foundation. At the request of the Executive Director, the Scientific Advisory Committee reviews grant applications and makes individual recommendations to the Board of Trustees on which grants to award. Committee members may also be called upon to advise on other matters when their guidance may be beneficial to aid the Board of Trustees or the executive director in making decisions.

We are grateful to the members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, all of whom donate their time and talents to our Foundation and mission.

Matt Hemming MD, PhD

Dr. Hemming is an Oncology Fellow with Dana Farber’s sarcoma program. He was awarded the 2017 Young Investigators Award at ASCO.

 

 

Alexander Lazar MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Pathology, Division of Pathology/Lab Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Director, Selective (Soft Tissue) Pathology Fellowship Training Program, Department of Pathology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

 

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JERAD GARDNER MD

Dr. Gardner is an anatomical and clinical pathologist who specializes in bone and soft tissue sarcomas. He trained under Dr. Sharon Weiss, a world renowned expert in bone and soft tissue sarcoma pathology. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Dermatology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Gardner is also a Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.
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DEBRA SIMONS | RN, PhD, CNE, CC

Debra Simons is a Registered Nurse who earned a PhD. in Leadership. She is a Professor of Nursing, a Thesis Chair, and teaches in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Debra’s research interests align with the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) patient safety mandate for improved inter-professional communication. A Principle Investigator, she is working on several research projects, both quantitative and qualitative measuring self-efficacy, contrasting and combining results from studies related to LMS, as well as the experiences of cancer survivorship. Debra is a leiomyosarcoma survivor.

 

SANDRA D’ANGELO MD

Dr. Sandra D’Angelo is an attending physician in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Sarcoma Oncology Program, specializing in immunotherapeutics.  She is a member of the Immunotherapeutics Clinic (ITC), which designs and conducts early clinical trials using investigational therapies.

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SARAH SALEM-ROBINSON | PA

Sarah Salem-Robinson is a Stanford-trained Physician Assistant with over 11 years of women’s health issues specializing in OB/GYN/Infertility with a pharmaco-psychiatric background. Over the last two years, she has broadened her experiences working in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of which 40% of her patients are breast cancer survivors. With her prior experience as a Stanford clinical laboratory hematology/oncology scientist, she also has a strong foundation of laboratory and research knowledge that she can bring to the table. As a leiomyosarcoma survivor, she wishes to contribute her knowledge to better the leiomyosarcoma community with the goal of creating more LMS awareness, finding more effective treatments, and most importantly, a cure to this devastating disease.

 

SUZANNE GEORGE | MD

Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Assistant Professor of Medicine – Harvard Medical School. Clinical Director, Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology

 

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THIERRY JAHAN | MD

University of California – San Francisco. Professor of Medicine. Director, Clinical Services, Division of Hematology/Oncology

 

PAST COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Meg Thorburn | DVM, MPVM, PhD
Suzan Vrijaldenhoven | MD
Jen Smith | BS, DVM
Amy Rovi | BA

 

IN MEMORIAM

DOREEN KOSSOVE | MSc, MD, DABP


Dr. Doreen Kossove worked in research
and as a practicing pediatrician. She educated and guided patients since 2001 on the ACOR LM-Sarcoma List Group. Dr. Kossove is author of the comprehensive educational website, Leiomyosarcoma is a Rare Cancer.