2019 NLCRT Annual Meeting

Date: December 9-10, 2019

Location: Capital Hilton, Washington DC

Each year, the NLCRT membership, a nationwide coalition of over 100 professional and national societies, cancer centers, government agencies, research groups, advocacy and policy organizations, and corporate associates convenes to work together on our shared goal to create lung cancer survivors.

The 2019 NLCRT Annual Meeting will feature presentations by nationally known experts, thought-leaders, and decision-makers on lung cancer and will facilitate national lung cancer awareness, prevention, early detection, and optimal diagnosis and therapy through public education, provider education, health policy activities, and the collective engagement of member organizations.

We need your critical thinking, expertise, and participation to advance our shared efforts.

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Featured Speaker

Susan Dentzer

Visiting Fellow

Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy Duke University

Susan Dentzer is one of the nation’s most respected health and health policy thought leaders and a frequent speaker and commentator on television and radio, including PBS and NPR, and an author of commentaries in Modern Healthcare, the New England Journal of Medicine and other prominent publications. She is currently a Senior Policy Fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, the Washington, DC-based arm of Duke that focuses on health system transformation, biopharmaceutical policy, and other key health policy issues. She is also the editor and lead author of the book Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care.

Dentzer previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of NEHI, the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation; was senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; editor-in-chief of the journal Health Affairs; and on-air Health Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations and is a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Hastings Center. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee; Research!America; and the Public Health Institute. She also serves on the RAND Health Board of Advisors and the global public policy advisory committee for Roche.

Dentzer graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita of the college, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. Dentzer holds an honorary master’s degree from Dartmouth and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Muskingum University. She and her husband, Charles Alston, have three adult children.


7:00 AM – 7:55 AM Networking Breakfast

Note: our meeting will start promptly at 8:00 am so please plan to be in your seat by that time.

7:15 AM – 7:45 AM Pre-Conference Session: NLCRT Orientation           

New to either the NLCRT or the annual meeting? Come join the NLCRT Chair, Ella Kazerooni, MD, MS, NLCRT Vice Chair Douglas Wood, MD, NLCRT PI, Robert Smith, PhD, and NLCRT Director, Lauren Rosenthal, MPH, as they give an overview of the NLCRT. What we do and how we do it, in hopes of helping attendees get the most out of their involvement with the Roundtable.


8:00 AM – 8:15 AM






Welcome and Highlights from the National Lung Cancer Roundtable  

Ella Kazerooni, MD, MS

Chair, National Lung Cancer Roundtable

Professor of Radiology

University of Michigan

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM


Patient Advocate Story

Nina Beaty

The EmPat Cancer Project  

8:45 AM – 10:00 AM






Keynote Presentation and Population Health Conversation with the Experts

Introduction by:

Laurie Fenton Ambrose

Co-founder and CEO

 GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

Keynote Presentation:

Susan Dentzer

Visiting Fellow

Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy

Duke University

Population Health Conversation with the Experts:

Gregory Kane, MD

Jane and Leonard Korman Professor of Pulmonary Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson

Richard Wender, MD

Chief Cancer Control Officer   

American Cancer Society

Bryan Loy, MD, MBA

Corporate Medical Director   


Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA

Chief Contracting and Strategy Officer

Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology

Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Chair, American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors

10:00 AM – 10:25 AM Break, Poster Presentations, and Networking 
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Plenary Panel: State of Lung Cancer Today


Gerard Silvestri, MD, MS

Hillenbrand Professor of Thoracic Oncology

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Medical University of South Carolina

Patricia Rivera, MD

Professor of Medicine

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


 1)  Progress in Lung Cancer Rates

Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD

Scientific VP, Surveillance and Health Services

American Cancer Society

 2)   Status of Lung Cancer Screening in the Community

 Angela Criswell, MA

Associate Director, Quality Screening and Program Initiatives

GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

 3)  Lung Cancer Screening Evidence Update

David Yankelevitz, MD

Professor, Diagnostic, Molecular & Interventional Radiology

Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

 4)   Tobacco-Related Disparities

Brenna VanFrank, MD, MSPH

Senior Medical Officer, Office on Smoking and Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 5)     Primary Care: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices

Thomas Houston, MD

Adjunct Professor, Department of Family Medicine

The Ohio State University

 6)     Big Picture: Who is Being Screened?

Gerard Silvestri, MD, MS

Hillenbrand Professor of Thoracic Oncology

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Medical University of South Carolina

7)     Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Evidence Update

Edward Kim, MD

Chair, Department of Solid Tumor Oncology

Levine Cancer Institute

12:30 PM – 1:10 PM Buffet Lunch and Networking

1:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Plenary Panel: State-Based Empowerment


Timothy Mullett, MD, MBA

Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Medical Director, Markey Cancer Center

University of Kentucky

Jessica Olson, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Institute for Health and Equity

Medical College of Wisconsin


1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Overview of the CDC

Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Elizabeth Rohan, PhD, MSW

Division of Cancer Prevention and Control

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2) Colorado – Colorado Lung Cancer Task Force

James Fenton, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

National Jewish Health

3) Delaware – Delaware Statewide Lung Cancer Screening Program

Stephen Grubbs, MD

VP, Clinical Affairs

American Society of Clinical Oncology

4) Michigan – Lung Cancer Screening: An Emerging Cancer Control Issue  

Presents Opportunities for an Awareness Campaign in Rural Michigan

Steven Springer

Unit Manager, Comprehensive Cancer Control

MI Department of Health and Human Services

5) North Carolina – Breaking the Stigma: Lung Cancer Initiative Summit

Paige Humble, MBA

Executive Director

Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina

6) West Virginia – Health Centers Advancing Lung Cancer Early Detection

(HALE) Program

Shauna Shafer

Health Systems Manager

American Cancer Society

7) Wisconsin – Wisconsin Lung Cancer Initiative

Jessica Olson, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Institute for Health and Equity

Medical College of Wisconsin

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM


Break, Poster Presentations, Networking, and Move to Pre-selected Workshop
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM










Expert Workshops: Current Challenges and NLCRT Initiatives

 Comprehensive Biomarker Testing Workshop                             


Farhood Farjah, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

University of Washington


1) Emerging Trends in Precision Medicine for Lung Cancer

 Ignacio Wistuba, MD

Professor and Chair

Department of Translational Molecular Pathology

MD Anderson Cancer Center

2) Tissue Acquisition and Biomarker Testing in the Community and Academic  Settings

Gerard Silvestri, MD, MS

Hillenbrand Professor of Thoracic Oncology

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Medical University of South Carolina

3)  Overcoming Barriers to Biomarker Testing

 Bruce Johnson, MD

Professor of Medicine, Adult Oncology

Dana Farber Cancer Institute

 4) NLCRT Summit: Optimizing Lung Cancer Biomarkers in Practice

M. Patricia Rivera, MD

Professor of Medicine

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Addressing Disparities in Urban and Rural Areas Workshop          


 Brendon Stiles, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Weill Cornell Medical School


1) Lung Cancer Atlas

Liora Sahar, PhD, GISP

Scientific Director, Geospatial Research

American Cancer Society

2)  Lung Cancer Screening in Low-income Populations in Chicago

Mary Pasquinelli, DNP, MSN

Director, Lung Cancer Screening Program

University of Illinois at Chicago

 3) American Lung Association Medicaid Survey

Paul Billings

Senior Vice President, Advocacy

American Lung Association

4) Surgical Disparities

Elizabeth David, MD, MAS

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Surgery

University of Southern California

Essentials and Outreach in Lung Cancer Screening Workshop       


William Mayfield, MD

Chief Surgical Officer

WellStar Health System

James Mulshine, MD

 Acting Dean, Graduate College

Rush University


1) Essentials of an Effective Lung Cancer Screening Program

Andrea McKee, MD

Radiation Oncologist

Lahey/Beth Israel Lahey Health

 2) Role of the Nurse Navigator

Vickie Beckler, MBA, RN

Principal Implementation and Education Specialist


3) Lung Cancer and the Primary Care Provider

Celeste Worth, MCHES

Director, LuCa National Training Network

University of Louisville

4) Improving Lung Cancer Screening Awareness for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

Efren Flores, MD

Thoracic Radiologist

Massachusetts General Hospital

5) American College of Radiology Lung Cancer Screening 2.0 Initiative

Debra Dyer, MD

Chair, Department of Radiology

National Jewish Health

 Integrating Tobacco Cessation Across the Lung Cancer Continuum Workshop



Jamie Ostroff, PhD

Chief, Behavioral Sciences Service

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


 1) Smoking Cessation at Lung Examination Update: The SCALE Collaboration

Stephanie Land, PhD

Program Director

Behavioral Research Program Tobacco Control Research Branch

National Cancer Institute


2) Tobacco Cessation and Cancer Survivorship

Graham Warren, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

Medical University of South Carolina


3) TeleTobacco: Examining the Practicalities of Delivering Smoking Cessation Services via Telehealth

 Joelle Fathi, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, NCTTP

 Clinical Associate Professor    

 University of Washington

4) E-Cigarettes, Cessation and Harm Reduction: What’s the Prognosis?

Clifford Douglas, JD

Vice President, Tobacco Control

American Cancer Society


5:30 PM – 6:45 PM


6:45 PM

Networking Reception                                                 


Dinner on your own

7:00 AM – 7:50 AM Networking Breakfast 
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM Welcome and Recap

Douglas Wood, MD

Vice Chair, National Lung Cancer Roundtable

The Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair

Department of Surgery

University of Washington

8:15 AM – 9:45 AM Plenary Panel: Harnessing Technology and Strategic Planning to Impact Lung Cancer


  • Scalable Business Models that Drive High-Impact Lung Cancer Screening 
  • Quality Metrics in Lung Cancer Screening: Setting Practice Standards 
  • Reaching High Risk Populations: Mobile Lung Cancer Screening Unit 
  • Emerging Role of Remote Lung Cancer Care – TeleOncology/TeleSurvivorship 
  • Project ECHO: ACS Comprehensive Lung Cancer Patient Support Program 
9:45 AM – 10:25 AM

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Poster Presentations and Networking

Plenary Panel: Stigma in Lung Cancer Care


  • Implicit Bias in Lung Cancer Healthcare 
  • National Stigma Survey Data 
  • Patient Advocate
  • Clinician Interventions 
  • NLCRT Summit: Addressing Stigma Across the Lung Cancer Control Continuum 
12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Buffet Lunch and Networking

Is Personalized Medicine in Sight for Lung Cancer Patients: Destination or Mirage?


  • CMS Perspective on Biomarkers for Lung Cancer 
  • NCCN Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Panel Perspective 
  • Patient Advocate 
2:30 PM Closing Thoughts