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Expert Speakers to Awe and Inspire

For this year’s Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, we’ve assembled a group of speakers from all aspects of healthcare to give you comprehensive education to broaden your perspective and enhance your practice.

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Martha Gaines, JD, LLM, Presidential Invited Guest Speaker

Director, Center for Patient Partnership
Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School

Martha “Meg” Gaines, JD, LLM, is a professor and patient advocate working to defend patient rights and teach healthcare professionals from all aspects of care how to do the same.

Gaines and several colleagues founded The Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin. The Center trains students from the schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work to provide advocacy to cancer patients and conducts research about issues relevant to patient perspectives on patient care and healthcare delivery.

In collaboration with colleagues across departments, Gaines teaches a Patient Advocacy course in which students are put in interdisciplinary teams that help cancer patients understand their diagnoses and get the information necessary to make critical treatment decisions and support patient’s efforts to get the treatment they need.


Scott E. Page, PhD; Presidential Invited Guest Speaker

Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems Political Science, University of Michigan

Scott Page, PhD, is a professor and researcher at the University of Michigan who focuses on the myriad roles diversity plays in complex systems. His research delves into topics such as how diversity arises and whether diversity makes a system more productive, impacts robustness, and makes a system prone to large events.

Dr. Page has authored three books and published papers in a variety of disciplines including economics, political science, computer science, management, physics, public health, geography, urban planning, engineering, and history.


Jennifer Wargo, MD, MMSc; ABOG Lectureship

Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Jennifer Wargo, MD, MMSc, is a surgeon and scientist dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of disease through science. Her fellowship training included two fellowships in surgical oncology with a particular focus on immunotherapy, and her subsequent research focuses especially on melanoma tumorigenesis and immunotherapy for cancer.

Her current research on resistance mechanisms and the effect of targeted therapy and immunotherapy on antitumor immunity continues to lead to a better understanding of responses to these therapies and the development of novel strategies to combat resistance.