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February 8, 2017

Samip N. Patel, MD, FACS

Samip N. Patel, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor
Head & Neck Oncology/Microvascular Reconstruction
Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
School of Medicine
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Trevor Hackman, MD, FACS

Trevor Hackman, MD, FACS
Associate Professor
Head and Neck Fellowship Director
Director of the Transoral Surgery Program
Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
School of Medicine
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Ricardo J. Padilla, DDS

Ricardo J. Padilla, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Diagnostic Sciences
Residency Program Director
School of Dentistry
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Oral Cancer: A Comprehensive Overview

Lecture Description

This program will provide a comprehensive review of oral cavity cancer by providing information about the warning signs of oral malignancy and the potential clinical course of this disease with and without therapy.  The lecture will include discussion of disease etiology, risk factors for cancer, pre-cancerous lesions, early and advanced cancers, diagnostic work up, treatment, prognosis, complications and morbidities of therapy.

Lecture Objectives:

  • Identify the risk factors and precursor lesions for the development of oral cancer.
  • Discuss the appropriate diagnostic work up, treatment and surveillance for oral cancer.
  • Recognize the impact of depth of invasion, nodal metastasis, and perineurial invasion on recurrence rates and survival.
  • Discuss the possible complications of oral cancer treatment and suggested management strategies.


February 2, 2018

12th Annual UNC Conference on Melanoma and Complex Skin Cancers: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Special Guest Speakers:

Richard A. Scolyer, MBBS, MD
Melanoma Institute Australia

Jonathan S. Zagar, MD, FACS
Moffitt Cancer Center

Klaus J. Busam, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

This event will take place at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

Course Directors: David W. Ollila, MD; and Nancy E. Thomas, MD, PhD

October 23, 2017

9th Annual Coping with Cancer Symposium: Striving for Excellence in Palliative Care

This symposium will bring together national experts that will address critical, cutting-edge topics in palliative and supportive oncology care. Registration is limited. Please plan to join us for this exciting and practice-enhancing educational opportunity.

This continuing education course is designed for physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals in family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, emergency medicine, oncology, pulmonary, nephrology, geriatrics, neurology, palliative care, psychology, pharmacy, social work, pastoral care and hospice. We also welcome fellows, pre-med and nursing students.


  • Review advance care planning (ACP) in the clinician- patient relationship.
  • Discuss barriers in communication when having ACP conversations.
  • Describe the role of the primary care provider, medical oncologist, pharmacist and palliative care provider in caring for patients facing serious and terminal illness.
  • Identify strategies to address the opioid crisis in palliative care treatment.


January 23, 2017

NCONA Annual Conference 2017

Jointly provided by MAHEC, the NC Oncology Navigator Association and the NC Cancer Prevention and Control Branch

Palliative Care is at a critical juncture with the transformative process reshaping our healthcare system. There is growing consensus about the value and importance of integrating palliative care within any serious illness, yet there is still a lack of access to palliative care resources in many settings. There is also a great need for integrating palliative care discussions within the communities and rural settings. This conference brings together presenters and participants with the aim of advancing a common understanding and a level of expertise in palliative care, throughout the healthcare continuum and in community settings. Join us as we seek to promote a better understanding of what palliative care is; to explore best practice approaches in different settings and to foster professional reflection and sharing.


April 29, 2017

Oncology Summit

With our higher than average incidence of breast and lung cancer mortality, the oncologic health disparities facing patients in Eastern North Carolina are significant. This event will focus on American Joint Committee on Cancer and other staging clinical practices, prognostic indicators, screening advancements and evidence-based guidelines to use in treatment planning, as well the end-of-life care discussions that should take place at the start of treatment.


November 4, 2016

Not Your Father’s Squamous Lung Cancer

Brought to you by the Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE), the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Register to join in-person or via live webcast at

When Nov 04, 2016 from 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM
(EST / UTC-400)
Where UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Pagano Conference Room (Rm 00-002)
Contact Phone 888-501-1025
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2:00 p.m. What is squamous lung cancer? – Chad Pecot, MD

2:30 p.m. Currently available treatment options – Jared Weiss, MD

3:15 p.m. Future directions in treatment – Chad Pecot, MD

3:50 p.m. Supportive care for patients:Pain management, drug side effects, anorexia, shortness of breath – Amber Proctor, PharmD and Jason Akulian, MD, MPH


October 22, 2016

Enhancing Quality of Care for Patients Living with Advanced Cancer – 2016

Today, there are close to 14 million cancer survivors in the US, and this population is continuing to grow. This growth presents a challenge to the cancer care delivery system. Primary care providers are seeing an increasing number of cancer survivors in their practices. They are more likely than oncologists to manage chronic pain, address psychosocial concerns and refer appropriately to hospice. However, general medical training in cancer primarily focuses on the acute phase in the inpatient setting. Recent studies have found that while many primary care providers report involvement in the care of their cancer survivors, they may be unfamiliar with available surveillance guidelines and would prefer to follow patients in collaboration with a cancer center. This year’s conference will present evidence-based approaches primary care providers can incorporate into their practice to ensure that patients living with advanced cancer receive the high quality care they deserve. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Larissa Nekhlyudov will share her particular interest in improving the care of cancer survivors and the interplay between primary and oncology care.

Target Audience
Primary care physicians, medical oncologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse navigators, pharmacists, psychologists and social workers

At the conclusion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

Review the trends in cancer survivorship.
Describe the role of primary care providers in caring for patients after their initial cancer treatment ends.
Recognize the medical and psychosocial needs of cancer survivors living with metastatic disease.
Identify strategies to enhance delivery and coordination of care for cancer survivors living with metastatic disease.
Discuss the value of incorporating mindful communication when determining what your patients need to hear.

Conference Brochure (PDF)

7:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 Welcome, Donald Rosenstein, MD

8:30 Keynote: Living with Cancer and the Role of the Primary Care Provider, Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH

9:30 Q&A

9:45 Break/Visit Exhibits

10:15 Challenges for Patients Living with Metastatic Disease, Gary Winzelberg, MD, MPH

11:00 Q&A

11:15 Break/Visit Exhibits/Pick-up Lunch

12:00 pm Mindful Communication: Understanding What Your Patients Need to Hear, Theresa Raphel-Grimm, PhD, CNS

12:45 Q&A

1:00 Break/Visit Exhibits

1:15 Panel Discussion: Living with Uncertainty

Moderator: Don Rosenstein, MD
Adolescent/Young Adult: Lauren Lux, LCSW
Middle Adults: Emily Holmes, MD
Geriatric Patients: Trevor Jolly, MBBS

2:15 New Approach to Care & How We Treat Metastatic Disease, Hyman Muss, MD

3:00 Q&A

3:15 PM Closing Thoughts, Thomas Shea, MD


June 29, 2016

National Cancer Moonshot Regional Summit Please note that on your first visit to the LiveStream site you will be asked to submit an email address. This will used to send you an email requesting that you create an account. Once you have created the account, you will be able to view the stream.

Please note that at some point (expected to be at approximately 9:00 AM) there will be a separate stream featuring Vice President Biden. The link for this stream may be found at:

Once Vice President Biden’s speech has concluded, please return to the stream originating from the Friday Center at:


June 24, 2016

NCONA Patient Navigation in NC: Bridging Health Systems and Communities

The landscape is changing. It is imperative that hospitals and communities work together to reach and service our patients most in need. NCONA’s annual patient navigation conference will address best practices in bridging our health systems and communities. This conference is for oncology nurse navigators, administrators, care coordinators, advanced practice nurses, patient navigators, community health workers, case managers, social workers, patient advocates, community ambassadors, lay health advisors, community educators, peer supporters and lay volunteer patient navigators. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and make new connections with members in this exciting profession.

Join patient navigators, oncology nurses, lay volunteer patient navigators, community health workers, social workers, case managers, administrators and others as we learn to enhance care for our cancer patients and their caregivers.

June 24, 2016
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Conference Agenda


  • Transforming our Health Care Delivery and Reaching Underserved Populations through Patient Navigation and Community Health Workers: Steve Patierno, PhD
  • Patient Navigation to promote Colorectal Cancer Screening and Smoking Cessation: Karen E. Lasser, MD, MPH
  • Financial Toxicity: Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS
  • CaseStudies: CommunityHealthWorkers

This session highlights successful community health worker programs and the potential strategies for linking their work with patient navigators.

Overview Tish Singletary, Project Specialist NC Division of Public Health

Presenter will discuss how to successfully integrate CHWs into health care teams, how to maximize the impact of these workers in the self-management of chronic disease, and how to strengthen their role as key emissaries between clinical services and community

Local Programs

Panelists will describe the roles/responsibilities of CHWs in their programs and the general health issues they address. Additionally, panelists will present the types of services provided and the populations served by the programs. Finally, speakers will share strategies for working with CHWs.

  1. NC Latino Community Health Worker Network:  Norma Marti
  2. NC Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker Program:  Zoe Cummings
  3. Duke Community Outreach:  Nadine Barrett, PhD, MA, MS

This activity has been submitted to North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation


May 23, 2016

C.A.R.E Behind the Chair (Cancer Awareness Responsibility Education)

An informative telehealth lecture for Melanoma Awareness Month! This lecture is only available online–please contact us for more information and viewing instructions.

David Ollila, MD
Nancy Thomas, MD
Andrea Saccone Snyder, Hair Stylist

Target Audience:  Hair Stylists, Barbers, RNs, & LPNs; students enrolled in cosmetology programs at the 51 NC Community College System; statewide beauty schools and academies.

Goal:  To increase awareness about the detection and referral of melanoma and skin cancers of the scalp.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Describe skin cancer facts & treatment and explain ways to prevent skin cancer.
2. Describe the proper technique for examining the client’s scalp to detect skin cancers.
3. Identify skin cancers and melanoma of the scalp.
4. Describe how to effectively refer a client for follow up for a suspected melanoma or skin cancer of the scalp.


October 30, 2015

7th Annual UNC Coping with Cancer Symposium

Identification & Management of Late Effects of Cancer Treatment

Interactive Agenda (to view an individual presentation, please click on the title):

7:15 am: Registration Opens

7:30-8:00 am: Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:15 am: Welcome by Dr. Thomas C. Shea, MD

8:15-9:15 am: Keynote: The Critical Role of Post Treatment Follow-Up for Cancer Survivors, Dr. Kevin Oeffinger, MD (Director of Long-Term Follow Up at Memorial Sloan Kettering)

9:15-9:30 am: Q & A

9:30-9:45 am: Break/Visit Exhibits

9:45-11:15 am: Panel 1: Long-Term and Late Effects (Moderated by Dr. Kevin Oeffinger, MD)

11:15-11:45 am: Break/Visit Exhibits/Lunch

11:45-12:45 pm: Guest Speaker and Author of “Laughter, Tears, and Braids: A Father’s Journey through Losing his Wife to Cancer”, Bruce Ham

12:45-1:00 pm: Break/Visit Exhibits

1:00-2:30 pm: Panel 2: Psychological Late Effects (Moderated by Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN)

2:30-2:45 pm: Closing Remarks with Donald L. Rosenstein, MD


October 12, 2015

2015 Binational Health Week

UNC CELAH Center for Latino Health & Consulate General of Mexico
Binational Health Week