April 18-19, 2024

We are excited to be back in person for the 14th Annual Texas AYA Oncology Conference. This year’s conference is brought to you by MD Anderson Cancer Center.

We have a new approach this year. The conference will be two days. Day 1 will be virtual only (with an option to meet up at MD Anderson Cancer Center to watch as a group) and Day 2 will be in-person only, with no virtual option available.

If you can only attend Day 1 – it is free!

If you plan on attending in-person for either day, it will be $75 total for all registered participants.

All in-person sessions and activities will take place at MD Anderson Cancer Prevention Center – 1155 Pressler St, Houston, TX 77030.

Agenda

The conference will start on Thursday, April 18th.

Here is a sneak peak at what we have planned so far. Please note, the agenda is subject to change..

Session Time Topic Speaker(s)
Thursday Sessions will be live on Zoom Events
Thursday Apr 18 8:00am – 9:30am Breakfast and check in (in person ONLY)
Thursday Apr 18 9:30am – 11:00am Session 1: Navigating oncofertility conversations in current political climate Joyce Reinecke and Laurie McKenzie
Thursday Apr 18 11:00am – 12:00pm Lunch
Thursday Apr 18 12:00pm – 1:30pm Session 2: Survivorship grand rounds, opioid use and misuse Melissa Beauchemin and Judith Paice
Thursday Apr 18 1:30pm – 1:45pm Break
Thursday Apr 18 1:45pm – 3:15pm Session 3: End of Life Care in AYAs Jenny Mack and Lori Wiener
Thursday Apr 18 3:15pm – 3:30pm Break
Thursday Apr 18 3:30pm – 5:00pm Session 4: Panel on under met psychosocial needs and resources for AYA Anne Kirchhoff, Chiara Acquati, Wendy Griffith
Thursday Apr 18 7:00pm – ??? Social Event for those In-Person
The following sessions are In-Person Only
Friday Apr 19 8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast and check in
Friday Apr 19 9:00am – 9:15am Welcome
Friday Apr 19 9:15am – 10:00am Keynote/writing workshop
Friday Apr 19 10:15am – 11:00am Workshop 1: Fertility
Friday Apr 19 11:00am – 11:15am Break/Snacks
Friday Apr 19 11:15am – 12:00pm Workshop 2: Opioid use and misuse
Friday Apr 19 12:15pm – 1:00pm Workshop 3: End of life care for AYAs
Friday Apr 19 1:00pm – 2:30pm Lunch
Friday Apr 19 2:30pm – 4:00pm Large group discussion about opportunities for collaboration, summarize outcomes from morning discussion
Friday Apr 19 4:15pm – 4:30pm Closing
CE Credits

CONTINUING EDUCATION STATEMENTS

Physicians

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine and the Texas AYA Oncology Conference. The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses

University Health is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) contact hours will be provided for conference sessions (up to 9.0). Successful completion to obtain NCPD contact hours includes registration for conference, sign in to conference using code provided, and completion of online evaluation for sessions attended.

Social Workers
Social Workers will receive  a certificate of attendance and should consult and verify with their licensing board for information on
applicability and acceptance.

Other Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare professionals will receive a certificate of attendance and should consult with their licensing board for information on applicability and acceptance.

Registration

Day 1 Virtual Only: Free

Day 2 – In-Person + Virtual (All Access): $75

Registration link coming soon.

LOcation

This year’s conference will be at the MD Anderson Cancer Prevention Center.

The address is 1155 Pressler St, Houston, TX 77030.

HOTEL BLOCK

Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District
6580 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030

Start Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
End Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024

$179/night plus applicable taxes

Last Day to Book: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Group Code: ADOADOR

Call for Abstracts

We invite abstract submissions on a range of topics in adolescent and young adult cancer care ranging from prevention to early detection and treatment to survivorship and supportive care. All abstract submissions related to care, research, and quality improvement of AYA cancer will be considered for poster presentation. Authors of accepted abstracts will be expected to present in person at the 10th annual TAYA Conference during the poster session on February 18, 2023.

Abstract submission extension to Jan 27th. Submit your abstract via email to: jose.esquilin@hcahealthcare.com

Click here to download Abstract Template

Submission instructions:

  • An author may submit more than one abstract
  • If your abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author must register for the conference by the registration deadline
  • Abstracts submitted and accepted for the 2023 TAYA conference may be presented at another meeting
  • Work in progress may be submitted.
  • Abstract submission extension to Jan 27th.
  • Include a descriptive abstract title.
  • Include all authors that contributed to the abstract.
  • Underline the name of the presenter(s).
  • Indicate with an asterisk (*) the name of the corresponding author.
  • Include all authors’ affiliations. Author affiliations should include institution name, city, state and country.
  • Abstract should be no longer than 250 words
  • Abstracts must use 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • It is recommended that the content of the abstract be divided into appropriate section (i.e., background, methods, results, conclusion etc.)
  • Abbreviations are allowed if they are described in full at the first mention.
  • Do not insert charts or images into the abstract.
  • Do not include references.
  • Provide the name and email address for the presenter(s) and the corresponding author.
  • Submit your abstract via email to: jose.esquilin@hcahealthcare.com

Poster details:

  • Posters must be 24 X 63 to fit on vertical x-banners. Vertical x-banners will be provided. Please use the attached PowerPoint poster template to prepare your poster. This template is the exact size that your poster needs to be. You may change the layout of sections, fonts, colors, and add your institution’s logo, but your poster must conform to this size.
  • Posters must have grommets that are 1⁄2 an inch in from edges on all four corners of the poster.
  • The top of the poster should feature the title of the project/program and all authors
  • The content of the poster should be divided into appropriate sections (i.e., background/introduction, methods, results, conclusions, significance/impact, etc.).
  • Include illustrations if possible – figures, tables, color photographs, charts etc.
  • The material should be well labeled and legible from a distance of 2 yards.
  • All posters must note which grant and core usage the research was supported by if applicable
  • All presenters are responsible for printing and bringing their poster to the conference and putting it up in their assigned location
Speakers

Coming Soon!

Brad H. Pollock

MPH, PhD, FACE

Brad H. Pollock

MPH, PhD, FACE

Brad Pollock is Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology, and Chairman of the Department of Public Health Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine. He was Founding Chair of the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UT Health San Antonio and was previously on the faculty of the University of Florida. He serves as the principal investigator of the Children’s Oncology Group NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCOP) Research Base grant.

Mike Roth, MD

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Mike Roth, MD

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Roth is an associate professor of Pediatrics at MD Anderson Cancer Center where he is co-Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Program and Director of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program. Within the Children’s Oncology Group he is Chair of the AYA Oncology Discipline Committee and leads the AYA Responsible Investigator Network. He has a particular interest in improving the long-term health and quality of life for AYA cancer survivors.

Meghan McGrady

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Meghan McGrady

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Dr. McGrady is a pediatric psychologist and Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology and the Leader of the Young Adult Oncology Psychosocial Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. McGrady’s NIH-funded program of research focuses on promoting medication adherence among adolescents and young adults with cancer and adherence measurement. She is committed to disseminating advances in science to improve adherence-promotion care and is the author of over 50 publications including the adherence guidelines published as part of the Psychosocial Standards of Care Project for Childhood Cancer.

Kelly Bailey

UPMC Children’s hospital of Pittsburgh

Kelly Bailey

UPMC Children’s hospital of Pittsburgh

Dr. Kelly Bailey is a physician scientist in the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the UPMC Children’s hospital of Pittsburgh and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is the co-director of the Mario Lemieux Institute for Pediatric Cancer Research. Dr. Bailey is a pediatric oncologist specializing in the clinical treatment and biology of bone sarcomas, with a focus on the adolescent primary bone tumor Ewing sarcoma. She directs a laboratory-based research program focused on understanding the intersection of DNA damage and the anti-tumor immune response in Ewing sarcoma. Nationally, Dr. Bailey leads the COG Bone Tumor Committee's Localized Ewing sarcoma Task Force, a group tasked with developing the next national clinical trial for localized Ewing sarcoma. Dr. Bailey is also Vice Chair for the COG clinical trial AOST2121, examining a maintenance immunotherapeutic for the treatment of relapsed osteosarcoma.

Suzanne Ameringer, Ph.D.

RN, FAAN; VCU

Suzanne Ameringer, Ph.D.

RN, FAAN; VCU

Suzanne Ameringer is a Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Nursing. She has had a long career in pediatric nursing, including practice, teaching, and research. Dr. Ameringer’s research contributions focus on enhancing quality of life for adolescents and young adults with life-limiting illnesses, specifically, cancer and sickle cell disease.

Aubree Shay, PhD

UTHealth School of Public Health

Aubree Shay, PhD

UTHealth School of Public Health

Aubree Shay, PhD, MSSW is a behavioral scientist and Assistant Professor in Health Promotion and Behavioral Scientist at UT Health Houston School of Public Health. Her background as a hematology/oncology social worker provided her with hands-on experience supporting, advocating for, and counseling child and adolescent cancer patients and their parent caregivers. Informed by this experience, Dr. Shay’s research focuses on how to actively engage young cancer patients and caregivers to enable them to make informed, value-concordant decisions about their survivorship care with the goal of improving health outcomes.

Gwendolyn Quinn

NYU

Gwendolyn Quinn

NYU

Dr. Gwendolyn Quinn (she/her) is the Livia Wan Endowed Chair and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of OB-GYN and Professor in Population Health and the Division of Medical Ethics in the New York University Grossman School of Medicine. As a health psychologist and bioethicist, her research focuses on patient-provider communication primarily in reproductive health and cancer in adolescent and young adults, LGBTQ health issues, uptake of genetic technologies, clinical trials and access to care for minority and underserved populations.

Lydia Chevalier, Phd

Dana-Farber Cancer Insitute, Harvard Medical School.

Lydia Chevalier, Phd

Dana-Farber Cancer Insitute, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Lydia Chevalier is a clinical psychologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Insitute and Harvard Medical School. Her research and clinical work focus on sexual health after cancer, particularly in young adult survivors. She recently received funding to create a measure of sexual health tailored to adolescent and young adult survivors.

Allison Grimes

UT Health Science Center

Allison Grimes

UT Health Science Center

Dr. Grimes is a pediatric oncologist at UT Health Science Center where she serves as Director of the AYA Cancer Program. She has an active portfolio of clinical research focused on cancer control and prevention targeting AYA including symptom management, treatment-related hyperglycemia, and HPV prevention. She is involved in clinical trial development within the Children's Oncology Group, serving as Vice Chair for AYA and Chair of the Nutrition Subcommittee in Cancer Control and strives to improve access and representation of AYA in clinical trials.

Nick Giallourakis

Executive Director - Elephants and Tea, Steven G. Cancer Foundation

Nick Giallourakis

Executive Director - Elephants and Tea, Steven G. Cancer Foundation

Nick Giallourakis is the Executive Director of Elephants and Tea and the Steven G. Cancer Foundation (SGCF). Elephants and Tea is the nonprofit media brand of SGCF, with the mission to help adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers know they are not alone in facing cancer. Elephants and Tea’s unique storytelling ability is built from Nick’s expertise in developing community and content - which includes engaging audiences with riveting content.

Lauren Spiker

Founder and Executive Director of 13thirty Cancer Connect

Lauren Spiker

Founder and Executive Director of 13thirty Cancer Connect

Lauren Spiker is the Founder and Executive Director of 13thirty Cancer Connect, the organization she established following the death of her 19-year-old daughter in 2000. Under Lauren’s leadership, 13thirty Cancer Connect has grown from a fledgling grassroots effort to an internationally known leader in the provision of psycho-social support for adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer. For over 20 years, Lauren continues to keep the promise she made to her daughter before she died – “to make a difference, to make things better.”

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH

Chair and Full Professor of the Department of Population Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH

Chair and Full Professor of the Department of Population Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, of UT Health San Antonio, is a health equity pioneer who has achieved local, state, national, presidential, and international recognition for her successes in reducing Latino cancer health disparities and championing system and policy changes that promote health equity for Latinos. As Chair and Full Professor of the Department of Population Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio, a Hispanic-Serving Institute, Ramirez leads a multidisciplinary team of public health researchers, data scientists, and communication specialists in addressing the cancer experience of Latinos. As leader of community outreach at the NCI-designated Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio, Dr. Ramirez has implemented system changes that have enhanced surveillance of the South Texas cancer burden, improved equity and diversity in cancer clinical trial recruitment, and engaged the community in clinical research and preventive cancer care. Dr. Ramirez is a member of the board of directors for the CDC Foundation and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. She has been recognized by the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Oprah Winfrey, the Obama White House, Susan G. Komen, and more. Dr. Ramirez is a native of Laredo, Texas. She received her MPH and DrPH degrees from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her social media includes LinkedIn and @SaludAmerica on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

Manny Esquilin

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at Methodist Children's Hospital

Manny Esquilin

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at Methodist Children's Hospital

Dr. Manny Esquilin is board certified in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and is part of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at Methodist Children's Hospital since 2018. Dr. Esquilin graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in neuroscience from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He studied medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York. He completed his pediatrics residency at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and returned to Columbia University Medical Center for his fellowship in pediatric hematology, oncology and stem cell transplantation. He has been honored with a number of awards, including the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Scholars Award which recognizes excellence in research by physician-scientists, the American Society of Hematology Research Training Award for Fellows, a national prize recognizing excellent research, and the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Society, a national medical society recognizing excellence in the practice of humanistic medicine to which one is elected by peers.

Jaime Varela

Hearts Need Art

Jaime Varela

Hearts Need Art

Jaime Varela, Musician since 1993, born and raised in El Salvador, plays guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin. He’s been part of many solo and group musical projects around the region playing different genres of music such as rock, blues, funk, and jazz. In 2017 he moved to SA Texas, and has been playing music for patients with HNA since Feb 2019.

Hilary Gan, M.A.

Hospital Programs and Services Director Teen Cancer America

Hilary Gan, M.A.

Hospital Programs and Services Director Teen Cancer America

After a 20 year career as a Child Life Specialist in hematology/oncology with a strong focus on the AYA population, Hilary changed directions with a vision to improve Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer care on a national level.  As the Director of Hospital Programs as Services at Teen Cancer America (TCA), Hilary leads her team in supporting hospitals throughout the US in the development of a comprehensive AYA program (and or facility) between pediatric and adult care specialists. With the establishment of an extensive strategic guide and personal consultation, she and her team assist in the creation of individualized models of care consisting of key components necessary to best meet the needs of the adolescent and young adult cancer population at each institution. Within the short 10-years that Teen Cancer America has been in existence, we have been honored to support and partner with over 50 hospitals and their health care teams and over a hundred more in consultation. 

Richard Wilmore

CEO at Hearts Need Art

Richard Wilmore

CEO at Hearts Need Art

Richard is Hearts Need Art’s CEO. He joined Hearts Need Art in 2018 as a volunteer after meeting Constanza at a San Antonio theatre and inviting her to be a guest on his Talk Show. Through his award-winning self-titled show and various other roles as director and producer, Richard brings creativity to life through collaboration, innovation, and organization. His combined experience with storytelling and arts in health positions him uniquely as a leader who gives a voice to those we serve: patients and caregivers experiencing life-altering health challenges. With his leadership, we are confident that Hearts Need Art will expand its reach and impact so that moments of loneliness and suffering can be transformed into joy, self-expression, and connection. Richard also hosts, produces, and directs various other podcasts, including our own Arts For The Health Of It.

Kim Hamilton

Program Coordinator at Hearts Need Art

Kim Hamilton

Program Coordinator at Hearts Need Art

Kim joined Hearts Need Art in 2022 as Program Coordinator. She has worked in the arts for 15 years focusing primarily on project management, logistics, and customer service. Coming from a musical background, Kim has loved and appreciated the arts her whole life and has played the piano from age 4. Her easygoing nature and true love of getting to know people have enabled her to establish an eclectic understanding of the art world. Kim recently moved to San Antonio with her husband who is also an artist. She surrounds herself with art of all forms and enjoys enrichment from various disciplines. On the weekends, you can find Kim anywhere outdoors: hiking, camping, or cultivating the home-based plant business she runs with her husband.

Jordyn Ruiz

Hearts Need Art

Jordyn Ruiz

Hearts Need Art

Jordyn Ruiz is a traditional and digital artist from San Antonio, TX. She specializes in oil painting, colored-pencil art, and digital art. Her artistic style incorporates autobiographical elements and surrealist imagery. Jordyn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2021 with a B.A in Medical Humanities and a M.S in Business.

Hannah Garrison

Hearts Need Art and AnCan

Hannah Garrison

Hearts Need Art and AnCan

Hannah Garrison is a visual artist and Multiple Sclerosis activist. Her multimedia works delve into the act of being present and mindful and utilize the idea of art as therapy in mental health self care. Her work with the patients through Hearts Need Art has only solidified the importance of the role of art-making and/or participation in the healthcare setting.

Steve Esposito

Assistant Executive Director at 13thirty Cancer Connect

Steve Esposito

Assistant Executive Director at 13thirty Cancer Connect

Steve Esposito, Assistant Executive Director at 13thirty Cancer Connect, has been an integral part of the organization's growth in recent years. Developing and implementing programs at 13thirty since 2016, he understands the importance of overall wellness for AYAs as well as the unique challenges they face. When Steve isn't working or with his wife and two little boys (4 and 2), he's sneaking out to play golf!

Karen Albritton, MD

Director of AYA Oncology at Cook Children's Medical Center, founder of the Fort Worth Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Coalition (FWAYAOC)

Karen Albritton, MD

Director of AYA Oncology at Cook Children's Medical Center, founder of the Fort Worth Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Coalition (FWAYAOC)

Karen Albritton, MD, is an oncologist specializing in the care of adolescents and young adults. She received her medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, and completed her Medicine/Pediatrics residency and oncology fellowships at the University of North Carolina. Her research focuses on access to care and outcomes for AYAs with cancer, and she has been active with the Children's Oncology Group, National Cancer Institute and advocacy organizations to improve policy and standards of care for this underserved group. She is currently Director of AYA Oncology at Cook Children's Medical Center, founder of the Fort Worth Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Coalition (FWAYAOC), and a founding officer of the national Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Alliance.

Melissa Beauchemin

Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia University

Melissa Beauchemin

Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia University

Melissa Beauchemin is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia University, and the Scientific Co-Lead for Cancer Care Delivery Research in the Columbia University Minority-Underserved NCI Community Oncology Research Program. As a nurse scientist and pediatric oncology nurse practitioner with over 15 years of clinical experience, her program of research focuses on identifying and developing strategies to enhance delivery of high-quality, equitable cancer care for children, adolescents and young adults.

Jeff Wood

Hearts Need Art

Jeff Wood

Hearts Need Art

Jeff Wood is a solo acoustic musician from Kansas City, Missouri. He has been writing, recording and performing songs for 25 years now. His style ranges from country, blues, rock and pop music.

Vivian Cortez

Research Coordinator at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio

Vivian Cortez

Research Coordinator at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio

Vivian Cortez is a Research Coordinator at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio. Vivian is a leader for multiple research projects covering smoking cessation, improving hormonal therapy adherence among breast cancer patients, and improving awareness and intentions to participate in cancer clinical trials among newly diagnosed cancer patients, as well as educating the community on preventive cancer care and cancer clinical trials. Vivian has been an integral and effective expert in creating digital programs that are being used in current research studies. The use of created digital media is for patient enhancement of healthcare reminders, optimal recruitment, retention, and helps to create patient satisfaction. Her greatest passion is addressing the social needs that affect public healthcare in ethnic communities. Her research abstracts have been exhibited at various scientific conferences, including the AACR’s Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, the Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos Conference, and the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Vivian is a native from a small South Texas town named Roma, Texas and she graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Masters in Kinesiology and Public Health.