November 28, 2011

Advance Notice

Morgan Lecture features breast cancer experts

The 2011 Mary Lynn Morgan Annual Lecture on Women and Health will feature Lee Wilke, director of the University of Wisconsin Breast Center, in conversation with Emory leading breast cancer experts on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Miller Ward Alumni House.

Following the talk, there will be a 90th birthday for Morgan, a women's health pioneer.

Wilke will talk about "Collaborative Care: What Advances in Breast Cancer Can Teach Us About Reforming the Health Care System." She will be in conversation with:

• Ruth O'Regan, associate professor and vice-chair for educational affairs in the department of hematology and medical oncology, at Emory's School of Medicine and chief of service for hematology and medical oncology at the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital;

• Mylin Torres, assistant professor of radiation oncology at the School of Medicine, specializing in the treatment of breast cancer;

• Amelia Zelnak, assistant professor in the School of Medicine, whose research focuses on breast cancer in the areas of current clinical research including neoadjucant chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer and novel therapies for triple negative breast cancer.

Wilke's talk will focus on the history of collaborative breast care and how past experiences can be used to inform our health care system of the future.

Since the 1970s, breast health specialists built multi-disciplinary centers and programs to analyze outcomes and identify the best therapies for the prevention, treatment and follow-up for individuals with breast disease.

This history in collaborative care, research and quality improvement can provide informative stepping stones for health care reform, including quality care and prevention.

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