Early Career Educational Summit Course Directors

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Linda Duska, MD, MPH, University of Virginia

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Gynecologic Oncology
ABMS Certification: Obstetrics and Gynecology; Gynecologic Oncology

Dr. Duska is the University of Virginia School of Medicine Associate Dean for Clinical Research Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Duska has focused her career on training and mentoring gynecologic oncologists and as an early phase clinical trialist in gynecologic cancer. She left Boston in 2008 to become the Fellowship Director in Gynecologic Oncology at UVA (2008-2017), and is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia, overseeing, developing, and growing the clinical research enterprise for the School of Medicine. Dr. Duska serves as the co-Chair of the Uterine Task force for the NCI and was privileged to be part of the NCI uterine clinical trials planning committee meeting in 2014 as the co-Chair of the Phase 0-1 Group. She has served on multiple GOG/NRG committees, including current service on the Phase I and Corpus committees.

She holds leadership positions in multiple national societies, including the SGO, ASCO, and ACOG, and has developed and directed educational courses for all of them. She is currently serving as the co-Chair of the SGO Education Committee, the Editor in Chief for ASCO Connection, and as a member of the CREOG committee for ACOG. Additionally, Dr. Duska has been a member of USMLE writing committees since 2011, and an ABOG Board Examiner in Obstetrics and Gynecology (since 2005) and Gynecologic Oncology (since 2011). She serves as an Editor for the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a guest editor for Clinical Therapeutics. She is proud to be a graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) course in 2017.

Amanda Nickles Fader, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Director of the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service
Director, F.J. Montz Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology
Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Associate Professor of Oncology

Dr. Nickles Fader has extensive training and expertise in radical oncology surgery, advanced laparoscopy and robotics, and is an internationally recognized surgeon who is invited often to teach surgical techniques to others worldwide. She has lectured or performed surgery in more than 20 countries, and she has co-authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. She is recognized as a leading expert in minimally invasive surgical innovations and rare gynecologic tumors, including high-risk uterine and ovarian cancers. She has a special interest in uterine serous carcinoma, low-grade serous carcinoma of the ovary and uterine sarcomas. She serves on the editorial board of several journals, including Gynecologic Oncology and the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. She was selected to serve on several national committees, including the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Endometrial, Cervical and Vulvar Committee, and the Rare Tumor Committee of the NRG/Gynecologic Oncology Group. She also holds several leadership roles, including as the current president of the Mid-Atlantic Gynecologic Oncology Society and the outgoing chair of the Gynecologic Oncology Committee of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. In 2015, she was selected as a national board examiner in gynecologic oncology for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Elise C. Kohn, MD, CAPT (Ret.) USPHS

Clinical Investigations Branch, CTEP/DCTD/NCI
Head, Gynecologic Cancer Therapeutics
Head, Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer Therapeutics
Lead, NCTN Core Correlative Science Committee

To promote scientifically driven and practice-changing trials, Dr. Kohn reviews, coordinates, and oversees development and execution of phase 2-3 trials in gynecologic cancers and gastrointestinal neuroendocrine cancers. She also provides disease expertise for early phase trials in these cancers. Dr. Kohn also applies her expertise to the oversight and guidance of the NCTN Core Correlative Science Committee (CCSC). The CCSC reviews proposals for correlative science to be applied to remaining biospecimens from NCTN clinical trials after protocol-specified integrated endpoints are completed. Dr. Kohn serves on education committees for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and ASCO, and has completed a tour on the integration panel of the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program, on which she also served two years as panel chair. She is a recently retired career officer in the US Public Health Service. Dr. Kohn has received the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s Rosalind Franklin Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Award, NIH Director’s Merit Awards, and Diversity, and Mentoring Awards. Dr. Kohn was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2002.

Course Faculty

Leigh Cantrell, MD
Associate Professor
University of Virginia

Linda Duska, MD
Fellowship Director
University of Virginia

Amanda Nicklas Fader, MD
Associate Professor
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes

Laura Havrilesky, MD
Associate Professor
Duke University Medical Center

Jean Hurteau, MD
Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
NorthShore Health System/ University of Chicago

Kathleen Moore, MD
Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma

Bunja Rungruang, MD
Associate Professor
Medical College of Georgia; Augusta University

Anil Sood, MD
The Bettyann Asche Murray Professor and Vice Chair for Translational Research
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Diane Yamada, MD
University of Chicago