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Northside Hospital, USA
Benedict B Benigno is a world-renowned Gynaecologic Surgeon and Oncologist who has spent his career treating women with ovarian cancer. He received his MD degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. He completed two fellowships in Gynaecologic Oncology, one at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and the other at the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston. He is the Founder and President of University Gynecologic Oncology and the Director of Gynaecologic Oncology at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of many societies including the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, the Felix Rutledge Society, and the American Society of Clinical Oncologists. He has published numerous articles and textbook chapters, and travels the world speaking on various aspects of gynaecologic cancer.
Ovarian cancer always presents in advanced stages, requires extensive surgery and chemotherapy, and is accompanied by an unacceptably high recurrence rate. Carboplatinum and Taxol have been the drugs of choice in first-line therapy for over 30 years and, unfortunately, the survival rate has enjoyed slight improvement during this time period. I will discuss this disease within its historic perspective and elucidate the evolution of modern surgical techniques and various chemotherapy regimens. I will go into considerable detail regarding both clinical and basic research which have led to newer, and hopefully better, treatment modalities. I will use case studies from my extensive experience in treating patients with ovarian cancer, to explore ways in which the patient-physician relationship itself might become an instrument of healing. I will conclude by describing and exciting and recently available class of drugs – the PARP inhibitors.
Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, USA
Keynote: Say “bye-bye” to provider burnout
Simone Josey, is a practicing physician, keynote speaker and published author in the field of Customer Service Skills and Professional Development. She received her DPM and MPH degrees from Barry University in 2008. She has been a professional Speaker for over a decade and has been practicing medicine for the nearly the same. Her developments and implements best practices in enhancing the patient experience and engagement. For healthcare professionals, she trains on excellence, efficiency and ways to improve one’s quality of life. National and international audiences describe her presentations as witty and thought-provoking. She has been featured on television, radio, online and in print publications.
While most healthcare providers spend many years learning to care for others, little to no time is dedicated to effective stress management and prevention of burnout. In an effort to mitigate her own burnout symptoms, Dr. Simone has researched and developed practical, easy to implement self-care steps and prevention measures to help manage daily life in the medical field. She has identified and devised actionable ways to decrease exhaustion, stress, and the ever looming ‘burnout’ healthcare providers can fall prey to. Incorporating unique personal and professional development best practices for providers, Dr. Simone has helped healthcare professionals all over the world live more full lives. Be prepared for industry-leading information delivered with interaction, high energy and memorable tactics! “I will either see you AT the top, or FROM the top. You decide!”- Dr. Simone Josey
President Atlanta Health Care Associates, USA
Frank Rasler is an Atlanta Emergency Physician with 30 years of clinical care experience. He is experienced in behaviour modification and disease prevention, with training at Emory University and the C D C in Atlanta. Motivating healthy behaviour during a brief patient encounter has been a focus of his patient care.
Healthcare is overwhelmingly devoted to disease intervention rather than prevention, yet so much of what we treat is preventable. Nursing professionals in all fields advise their patients on changing unhealthy behaviour, yet often do not fully practice what they preach. If your own health habits are poor, or lack motivation to improve yourself, your ability and desire to inspire patients is minimized. For example, patients tend to ignore weight reduction information from an obese clinician. We need to inspire personal goals and find our unique enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle. Changing behaviour does not have to be difficult, it's just difficult to maintain. Negative visualization is an intense behaviour modification tool that can place you in an emergency room or critical care “near-death experience” to emphasize the reality of the risks we ignore, before it's too late.