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Professional Pursuits

 The following are some examples of professional pursuits by Cancer Institute clinicians.


Lisa Rutstein, MD - Maine Medical Partners - Surgical Care
Melanie Feinberg - Oncology Information Services

  • "Oncology Care in Rural Northern New England". American Society of Clinical Oncology Journal, March 2010

Moritz Hansen, MD - Maine Medical Partners Urology

  • Dr. Hansen has a paper in the March 2010 issue of the British Journal of Urology regarding a new methodology of assessing "the learning curve" for robotic prostatectomy. It features our Maine Medical Center experience and puts our program in the forefront of analyzing this new technology in a rigorous manner.

Susan Miesfeldt, MD - Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute/Maine Medical Center Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic

  • Rabinowitz-Abrams D, Morgan D, Morse J, Miesfeldt S, Building a Tool to Identify Risk for Lynch Syndrome Among Individuals Presenting for Screening Colonoscopy. Journal of Genetic Counseling, August 2010.
  • Miesfeldt S, and contributors from CORE, Maine Medical Center Research Institute and New England Cancer Specialists, Perceptions of High-Risk Care and Barriers to Care Among Women at Risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer following Genetic Counseling in the Community Setting. Journal of Genetic Counseling - online article
  • Miesfeldt S, Morgan D, Sylvester H, Lucas FL, Cancer Prevention and Screening Practices Among Women at Risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer After Genetic Counseling in the Community Setting. Springer Science+Business Media B. V. 2009- online- April 2009
  • Miesfeldt S, Hayden C, Apedoe N, Jerome S, Fletcher A.  Colorectal Cancer Screening Pilot Program for Underserved Women in Cumberland County, Maine.  Journal of Community Health ISSN 0094-5145, Vol. 35, #2, Springer Science+Business Media - online, December 2009
  • Cohn WF, Ropka ME, Pelletier SL, Barrett JR, Kinzie MB, Liu Z, Miesfeldt S, Tucker AL, Worrall BB, Gibson J, Mullins IM, Elward KS, Franko J, Guterbock TM, Knaus WA. Health Heritage, a Web-Based Tool for the Collection and Assessment of Family Health History: Initial User Experience and Alalytic Validity. Public Health Genomics. 2010:13:477-491
  • Goodman DC, Fisher ES, Chang CH, Morden NE, Jacobson JO, Murray K, Miesfeldt S. A Report of the Dartmouth Atlas Project: Quality of End-of life Cancer Care for Medicare Beneficiaries Regional and Hospital-Specific Analyses. ed: KK Bronner, Publisher: The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice November 16, 2010.
  • Miesfeldt S, Murray K, Lucas L, Chang CH, Goodman D, Morden NE.  Association of Age, Gender, and Race with Intensity of End-of-Life Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Cancer. Submitted to Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Laurie Small, MD - Maine Medical Partners Women's Health and Gynecologic Oncology

  • Rocereto TF, Brady WE, Shahin MS, Hoffman JS, Small L, Rotmensch J, Mannel RS. A phase II evaluation of mifepristone in the treatment of recurrent or persistent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal carcinoma: A Gynecologic Oncology Group study. Gynecologic Oncology 116(3): 332-4, 2010.
  • Fairfield KM, Lucas FL, Earle CC, Small LA, Trimble EL, Warren JL. Regional Variation in Cancer Directed Surgery, Chemotherapy, and Mortality for Women with Epithelial Ovarian Cancer in the Medicare Population.  Cancer 2010; in press. PMC Journal - In Process  

Ivette Emery, PhD - Director, MMCCI Clinical Trials Unit

  • Battelli C, Blaszyk H, Carrier K, Lucas L, Forman JE, Emery IF, Molecular Predictors of Chemotherapy Response in High Grade Gliomas. ASCO and JCO website publication - online, March 2010
  • Emery IF, Battelli C, Auclair P, Carrier K, Hayes DM. 2009 Response to gefitinib and erlotinib in Non-small cell lung cancer. A retrospective study. BioMedCentral Cancer 9, 333.
  • Weckstein D, Thomas C, Emery IF, Shea BF, Fleury A, White M, Chase E, Frazier S, Robinson C, Pilar C.  2011 The Assessment of Cost and Other Barriers to Patient Clinical Trial Participation in the Community Setting. Manuscript accepted for publication in Journal of Oncology Practice.
  • Emery IF, Battelli C, Cai L, Hayes DM. 2011.  Assessment of DNA repair mechanisms to determine NSCLC susceptibility to alklyating agents.  Manuscript submitted for publication.

Daniel Hayes, MD - New England Cancer Specialists

  • Peppercorn J, Smith T, Helft P, DeBono D, Berry S, Wollins D, Hayes D, Von Roenn J, Schnipper L. American Society of Clinical Oncology Statement: Toward Individualized Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer. J Clinical Oncology 28, 2011

Jennifer Powers, MS, BSN, CCRC, OCN - Nurse Navigator, Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute

  • Powers J. Shared Decision Making is an Integral Component in Prostate Navigation, Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship, November 2010
  • Powers J. Needs of Older and Elderly Cancer Survivors: Implications for Navigation,, April 2011.

Calvin P.H. Vary, Ph,D. - Maine Medical Center Research Institute

  • Lakshman M, Huang X, Ananthanarayanan V, Jovanovic B, Liu Y, Craft CS, Romero D, Vary CPH, Bergan RC. Endoglin suppresses human prostate cancer metastasis. Clin Exp Metastasis. 2011;28(1):39-53.
  • Romero D, O'Neill C, Terzic A, Contois L, Young K, Conley BA, Bergan RC, Brooks PC, Vary CPH. Endoglin regulates cancer-stromal cell interactions in prostate tumors.Cancer Res. 2011;71(10):3482-93


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Susan Miesfeldt, MD. - Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute/Maine Medical Center Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic

  •  Breast Cancer: A Decade in Review.  Maine Osteopathic Association Annual Meeting, Portland, Maine 2/14/10.
  • Supporting Informed Medical Decision Making: Weighing Complex Treatment Risks and Benefits, Maine Health Literacy Symposium, Augusta, ME,   4/30/10.
  • Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: From Bedside to Bench, Maine Medical Association, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME, 9/09/10.
  • Osteopontin: Clinical Utility as Breast Cancer Biomarker, Maine Breast Nurse Network, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME,  9/23/10
  • Maine Medical Center: National Cancer Institute's Community Cancer Centers Program, Maine Cancer Plan Stakeholders meeting, Maine CDC and Maine Cancer Consortium, ME 10/21/10.
  • Intensity of End-of-Life Cancer Care for Medicare Beneficiaries: Variations by Age, Gender, and Race. Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society, Stowe, VT, 10/29-31/10.
  • National Cancer Institute's Community Cancer Centers Program, ACS Division Board Meeting, Living the ACS Mission  - A personal perspective, Framingham, MA, 1/25/11 .
  • Update on Colorectal Cancer Screening and Risk, York Hospital Grand Rounds, York Hospital, York, ME 4/06/11.
  • Reaching the Rurally Underserved. NIH/NCCCP Annual Conference, Poster, Falls Church, VA, 5/2/11.
  • Does it Run in the Family?, Maine Health Learning Center, Scarborough, ME, 5/5/11.

Eric Larsen, MD. MMCCI/ Maine Children's Cancer Programs

  • High dose methotrexate (HD-MTX) as  compared to Capizzi methotrexate plus asparaginase (C-MTX/ASNase) improves event-free survival (EFS) in children and young adults with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (HR-ALL): A report from the Children's Oncology Group Study AALL0232. American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, June 2011

Tracey Weisberg, MD - MMCCI Breast Care Center/New England Cancer Specialists
Melanie Feinberg - Oncology Information Services

  • "Breast Center Accreditation: A practical approach to preparing for and maintaining NAPBC accreditation". Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society Annual Meeting, October 2010. Oral Presentation

Michael Jones, MD - MMC Pathology

  • "Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Cervical Cancer: An Update". Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society Annual Meeting, October 2010

Cheryl Bougie, RN, OCN - MMCCI Patient Navigation
Christine Robbins, RN, BSN, OCN - MMCCI Patient Navigation

  • "Identifying Measurable Outcomes of Site-Specific Oncology Nurse Navigator Program". Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society Annual Meeting, October 2010. Abstract Presentation
  • Bougie C, Introduction to Nurse Navigation, Maine Chapter American College of Surgeons, Annual Meeting, June 2011.

John Bosco, MD - Portland Gastroenterology, Guest Faculty

  • 11th Therapeutic ERCP/EUS Workshop, Yale University, November 2010

 Amanda Lamb, ScM - MMC Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic

  • "The Role of Family Functioning in Adaptation to Being a Caregiver of an Individual with Rett Syndrome". National Society of Genetic Counselors, 2010 Annual Education Conference, October 2010. Oral Presentation

Members of the MMCCI Breast Care Center Team
Maine Breast Nurse Network Fall Conference, September 2010

  • "Benign Breast Conditions", oral presentation - Patricia Greatorex, MD
  • "Challenges in Pathologic Processing of Breast Specimens", oral presentation - Michael Jones, MD
  • "Osteopontin Study", oral presentation - Susan Miesfeldt, MD
  • "Preparing for National Accreditation: Are You Ready?", panel discussion - Donna Green, BSN, RN, BA, OCN; Lynn Reid, APRN, MSN, CBCN; Betsy  St. Germain, MN, RN, AOCN
  • "Current Controversies in Breast Imaging", oral presentation - Elizabeth Pietras, MD

Jennifer Powers, MS, BSN, CCRC, OCN - MMCCI Patient Navigation

  • "Prostate Cancer Navigation", Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, First Annual Navigation and Survivorship Conference, September 2010. Oral Presentation

Cyndi O'Brien, RN - MMCCI Radiation Therapy

  • "A Randomized Trial Comparing Gelclair to Standard Care for Radiation Therapy Related  Oral Mucositis and Associated Oral Pain: Progress and Challenges". Oncology Nursing Society, 2010 Congress. Poster presentation

Ivette Emery, PhD - Director, MMCCI Clinical Trials Unit

  • Emery I, Chase E, Blackburn K,  Hayes DM. "Two-Pronged Approached to Increasing Clinical Trial Enrollment at Maine Center for Cancer Medicine". NCI-ASCO Cancer Trial Accrual Symposium, April 2010. Abstract presentation
  • "Molecular Predictors of Chemotherapy Response in Glioblastoma Multiforme". Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society Annual Meeting, October 2010
  • Emery IF, "Molecular predictors of chemotherapy response in high grade gliomas", Abstract published in the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) website for the ASCO Annual meeting 2010 and presentation at Northern New England  Clinical Oncology Society.  Stowe, VT 2010.

 Laurie Small, MD - Maine Medical Partners Women's Health and Gynecologic Oncology

  • delCarmen M, Micha J, Small L, Street D, Lantz K, Londhe A, McGowan T, Lowery C. "A Single Arm Study of Carboplatin and Pegylated Liposomal Doxorubicin Plus Bevacizumabin Subjects with Platinum Sensitive recurrent Ovarian, Fallopian tube, and Primary Peritoneal Cancers: An Interim Safety Analysis".  Society of Gynecologic Oncology, March 2010. Poster presentation

Debra J. Palmer, RN, MS.

  • "The Multi-system Model of Knowledge Integration and Translation (MKIT): A New Translation Model". Sigma Theta Tau International 21st Nursing Research Congress, March 2010. Oral presentation

Denise Lambert, RN, BSN, CBCN - MMCCI Breast Care Center

  • Lambert, D., Navigating Your Way with Breast Cancer: A Breast Care Center Approach. Maine Society of Radiologic Technoloigsts, May, 2010.

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