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 Registration 
7:00 AM – 7:55 AM Networking Breakfast 

Note: our meeting will start promptly at 8:00am 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? Or maybe you attended last year and still don’t know what anyone does beyond your own Task Group? Then this session is for you. 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
8:15 AM – 8:45 AM  Patient Advocate Story
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote Presentation and Population Health Conversation with the Experts

Ms. Susan Dentzer 

Visiting Fellow

Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy

Duke University

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


  • State of Lung Cancer Today: Trends, Disparities, Gaps in Care 
  • Lung Cancer Screening Evidence Update 
  • Primary Care: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices 
  • Big Picture: Who is Being Screened? 
  • Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Evidence Update 
12:30 PM – 1:10 PM Buffet Lunch and Networking
1:15 PM – 3:15 PM Plenary Panel: State-Based EmpowermentPresentations:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Overview of the CDC Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
  • Colorado – Early Lung Cancer Detection: Increasing Preventive Lung Cancer Screening of Heavy Smokers
  • Delaware – Delaware Statewide Lung Cancer Screening Program
  • Michigan – Lung Cancer Screening: An Emerging Cancer Control Issue Presents Opportunities for an Awareness Campaign in Rural Michigan
  • North Carolina – Breaking the Stigma – Lung Cancer Initiative Summit
  • West Virginia – Health Centers Advancing Lung Cancer Early Detection (HALE) Program
  • Wisconsin – Wisconsin Lung Cancer Initiative
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
  • Emerging Trends in Precision Medicine for Lung Cancer 
  • Tissue Acquisition and Biomarker Testing in the Community and Academic Settings 
  • Overcoming Barriers to Biomarker Testing 
  • NLCRT Summit: Optimizing Lung Cancer Biomarkers in Practice 
  • Addressing Disparities in Urban and Rural Areas 
  • Lung Cancer Atlas 
  • Lung Cancer Screening in Low-income Populations in Chicago 
  • American Lung Association Medicaid Survey 
  • Surgical Disparities 
  • Essentials and Outreach in Lung Cancer Screening 
  • Essentials of an Effective Lung Cancer Screening Program 
  • Role of the Nurse Navigator 
  • Lung Cancer and the Primary Care Provider 
  • American College of Radiology Lung Cancer Screening 2.0 Initiative 
  • Integrating Tobacco Cessation Across the Lung Cancer Continuum 
  • Smoking Cessation at Lung Examination Update: The SCALE Collaboration 
  • Tobacco Cessation and Cancer Survivorship 
  • TeleTobacco: Examining the Practicalities of Delivering Smoking Cessation Services via Telehealth 
  • Tobacco Treatment – Once Size Does Not Fit All and Recognizing When it Won’t 
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

6:45 PM

Networking Reception Hosted by AstraZeneca 

Dinner on your own

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