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Tenth Annual Charles William Rasco III Colorectal Cancer Symposium
Saturday, September 16, 2006


Nicholas P. Lang, MD
Dr. Lang, who completed a tumor immunology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, is a professor of surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) in Little Rock.  He also serves as the Chief of Staff at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS).  For more than 20 years, Dr. Lang has worked closely with Fred Kadlubar, PhD. of the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, AR, to establish a molecular epidemiology program based at UAMS and CAVHS.


Durado Brooks, MD, MPH
Director, Prostate and Colorectal Cancers, Cancer Control Science

As director of prostate and colorectal cancers at the American Cancer Society’s National Home Office, Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, is involved in creating strategies to improve the prevention and early detection of prostate and colorectal cancers.

An internist by training, Dr. Brooks has spent much of his career working to improve care for medically under served populations. In addition to his role as a primary care physician, he has served in several administrative roles, including health center medical director. Dr. Brooks is an expert in a number of areas, including disease prevention, health promotion, the cultural competency of health care providers and systems, HIV/AIDS treatment and policy, and the impact of managed care on vulnerable populations.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Brooks completed a Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in minority health policy, which led to his serving as a senior health policy intern in the Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Brooks received his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, where he completed his internal medicine residency and chief residency. He also holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

John B. Cone, MD, FACS

Professor, Chief, Department of Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Dr. Cone completed medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1977 and completed a residency in general surgery in 1982. He then began a research fellowship in biochemistry and biophysics at the Johnson Research Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Cone completed a clinical residency at the University of Pittsburgh in critical care medicine in 1984. He is chief of the Department of Surgery at UAMS.

John C. Gocio, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical

John Gocio, M.D., joined the Department of Surgery at UAMS and serves in the general surgery and trauma division. He received his juris doctor from the University of Arkansas in 1975. Gocio received his medical degree and completed residencies in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at UAMS. He also completed a residency in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Minnesota. Gocio most recently was employed at the Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark., where he worked for five years.

Paul Greene, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Education, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Paul Greene, Ph.D., joined the faculty of the Fay Boozman College of Public Health in 2004. He is the associate director for research in cancer prevention and control at the Arkansas Cancer Research Center. Dr. Greene graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1986 with a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has published numerous publications in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Greene is currently researching ways to improve access to and utilization of beneficial cancer interventions in communities with cancer health disparities. The project is designed to increase capacity building, develop community-based participatory research and training programs, and establish sustainable and productive local networks.


Ronda S. Henry-Tillman, MD, F.A.C.S.
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Arkansas Cancer Research Center,
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, specializing in breast surgical oncology, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She is currently the Medical Director of the Women's Oncology Clinic and the Director of Cancer Control at the Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) at UAMS. She received a B.S. in Biology from San Diego State University and furthered her education at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, where she received her M.D. She served her surgical residency at UAMS and completed the Virginia Clinton Kelley/FFANY (Fashion Footwear Association of New York) Clinical Breast Fellowship in 1999.
Dr. Henry-Tillman is a recognized leader in the breast cancer arena—from early diagnosis to innovative treatment. She received the National Cancer Institute Leadership Award in 2004 for her work with the Arkansas Special Populations Access Network (ASPAN), a 5-year grant focusing on increasing cancer control activities among Arkansas' minority and medically under served communities.

Dr. Henry-Tillman has authored numerous publications and offered editorials and commentaries in such journals as the American Journal of Surgery, Annals of Surgery, Journal of Breast Disease, and Women's Oncology Review. She has made national and international presentations on MRI and breast cancer staging, laser treatment of breast cancer, and advancements in breast cancer treatment. Dr. Henry-Tillman's research efforts in cancer control, education, and awareness have advanced her as Principal Investigator on over $8 million in federally funded grants, with additional grant support from private foundations such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Issam Makhoul, MD
Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology Division-Internal Medicine Department
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Dr. Makhoul is a graduate of Tishreen University Faculty of Medicine in Lattaquia, Syria.  Currently, Dr. Makhoul is an Assistant Professor in the Hematology/Oncology Division – Internal Medicine Department at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  Dr. Makhoul has been published in many peer reviewed journals and is a nationally known speaker.

Glen Mays, PhD, MPH
Associate professor, Vice Chair, and Director of Research for the Department of Health Policy and Management, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS); Inaugural Associate Professor of Health Policy, Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas. 

Mays’ research focuses on strategies for organizing and financing public health services, health insurance, and medical care services for under served populations.  His work in public health has included a series of CDC-supported studies examining how public health services are organized, financed, and delivered across local communities, and what factors influence the availability and quality of these services.  His work in health insurance has included economic evaluations of state strategies to expand health insurance coverage, as well as studies of health promotion and disease management activities pursued by health insurers and employers.  As part of this work, he serves as a senior researcher on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported Community Tracking Study at the Center for Studying Health System Change, where he analyzes the decisions of insurers and employers regarding health benefits.  He received Ph.D. (1999) and M.P.H. (1996) degrees in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health economics at Harvard Medical School (2000). 

Kent D. McKelvey, Jr., MD
Assistant Professor, Director of Pre doctoral Education, Family Medicine
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Dr. McKelvey joined the faculty of UAMS in 2003.  Dr. McKelvey has completed two residencies.   He completed his Family Medicine residency at the AHEC-Texarkana and his Medical Genetics residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is board certified in both Family Medicine and Medical Genetics.  In addition to precepting in the clinic and on the inpatient service, Dr. McKelvey is the director of Pre doctoral education in Family Medicine.  He is also the Director of Cancer Genetics Services at the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, where he holds clinic weekly.  He is Course Director of the College of Medicine genetics course and teaches in the masters level genetic counseling program at the UAMS College of Public Health.


Registration deadline is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2006.




For further information contact:
LaSondra C. Hunt
Administrative Assistant
Fax: 501-526-6854

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