Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Heather Harpham MA, MFA (full)

Heather Harpham MA, MFA

The Living Story: The Transformative Power of Sharing (and Listening to) Transplant Stories with Care, Communion and Courage 

Heather Harpham is a writer, teacher and theater artist whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Slate, Parents, More, Water~Stone Review and Red Magazine (UK). Her memoir, Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After, chronicling her child’s 2005 successful bone marrow transplant, was a 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection and is being developed for film by Pretty Pictures. Ms. Harpham’s writing also includes six solo plays which have toured nationally and internationally.  

Her work has been recognized with the Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, a Marin Arts Council Independent Artist Grant and support from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women. Ms. Harpham currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives outside New York City with her family. 

Workshop Speakers

Alousi

Amin Alousi, MD

Director, Department of GVHD Clinic and Research Program, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Diwakar Balachandran, MD

Dave Balachandran, MD

Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Minoo Battiwalla MD, MS

Minoo Battiwalla, MD, MS

Director, Outcomes Research Sarah Cannon Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program at TriStar Centennial
Joseph Bubalo PharmD, BCPS, BCOP

Joseph Bubalo, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP

Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Oregon Health & Science University
Carly Cappozzo MSOT, OTR/L

Carly Cappozzo, MSOT, OTR/L

Senior Outpatient Occupational Therapist, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Champlin

Richard Champlin, MD

Director, Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Center, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Beth Colaluca PhD

Beth Colaluca, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Cook Children's Medical Center
Meredith Cowden MA, AT, LPCC-S

Meredith Cowden, MA, AT, LPCC-S

Psychotherapist and transplant survivor LifeStance Health, Inc.
Stephanie Davidson PsyD

Stephanie Davidson, PsyD

Health Psychologist. Westlake Village Counseling and Wellness
Michael Fediw MD

Michael Fediw, MD

Medical Director of Cancer Rehabilitation, UT Southwestern Medical Center Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ekta Gupta MD

Ekta Gupta, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Mohamed Hegazi MD

Mohamed Hegazi, MD

Section Chief of Blood Cancers, Cellular Therapeutics and Transplant Program UofL Health Brown Cancer Center
Gerhard Hildebrandt MD, FACP

Gerhard Hildebrandt, MD, FACP

Director, Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program, University of Kentucky
Sharon Hymes MD

Sharon Hymes, MD

Professor of Dermatology, Clinical Consultant, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Karthik Jayaraman PT, DPT

Karthik Jayaraman, PT, DPT

Center Manager, Outpatient Rehabilitation, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation
Robert Krance MD

Robert Krance, MD

Director of the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant / Stem Cell Transplant Program, Texas Children's Hospital
Huifang Lu MD, PhD

Huifang Lu, MD, PhD

Co-Director, Bone Health Clinic, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Bonnie Lucio PT

Bonnie Lucio, PT, CLT

Physical Therapist, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation
Zhonghui Katie Luo MD, PhD

Zhonghui Katie Luo, MD, PhD

Physician-Scientist, Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Navneet Majhail MD, MS, FASTCT

Navneet Majhail, MD, MS, FASTCT

Deputy Physician-in-Chief of Blood Cancers, Sarah Cannon Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program at TriStar Centennial
Sandra Mitchell PhD, CRNP, FAAN

Sandra Mitchell, PhD, CRNP, FAAN

Senior Scientist, Outcomes Research Branch; Healthcare Delivery Research Program, National Cancer Institute
Luke Mountjoy	DO

Luke Mountjoy, DO

Assistant Member Physician, Colorado Blood Cancer Institute at Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center
John Mulhall, MD, MSC, IECSM, FACS, FRCSI

John Mulhall, MD, MSc, IECSM, FACS, FRCSI

Director, Male Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Megan Nelson MD

Megan Nelson, MD

Medical Director of Cancer Rehabilitation, UofL Health Brown Cancer Center
Rachael Petrie MS, OTR/L, MSCS

Rachael Petrie, MS, OTR/L, MSCS

Occupational Therapist, UofL Health Brown Cancer Center
Luis Pineiro MD

Luis Pineiro, MD

Director, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Baylor Scott & White/Texas Oncology Blood and Marrow Transplant Program - Dallas
Uday Popat MD

Uday Popat, MD

Professor, Department of Stem Cell Transplantation, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Jana Reynolds MD

Jana Reynolds, MD

Associate Director of Blood & Marrow Transplant. Baylor Scott & White/Texas Oncology Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program - Dallas
Danielle Roberts MS, MMSc, PA-C

Danielle Roberts MS, MMSc, PA-C

Emory Winship Cancer Institute Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Medicine University of Utah

Jordan Rullo, PhD, ABPP, CST

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology University of Utah
Nikki Samms, PT, DPT

Nikki Samms, PT, DPT

Senior Physical Therapist, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Shivan Shah MD

Shivan Shah, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Houston Methodist Hospital
Paul Shaughnessy MD

Paul Shaughnessy, MD

Program Medical Director, Sarah Cannon Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program, Methodist Hospital San Antonio
Ajay Sheshadri, MD, MSCI

Ajay Sheshadri, MD, MSCI

Associate Professor, Pulmonary Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Renee Stubbins PhD, RD, LD, CSO

Renee Stubbins, PhD, RD, LD, CSO

Senior Oncology Dietitian, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Houston Methodist Hospital
Paulette Taku PT, DPT

Paulette Taku, PT, DPT

Senior Physical Therapist, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Michael Tees MD, MPH

Michael Tees, MD, MPH

Director, Lymphoma Program, Colorado Blood Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/ St. Luke's Medical Center
Nadarajah Vigneswaran BDS, DMD, FAAOMP, DABOMP

Nadarajah Vigneswaran, BDS, DMD, FAAOMP, DABOMP

Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, University of Texas School of Dentistry
Madhuri Vusirikala MD

Madhuri Vusirikala, MD

Director of Adult Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation, UT Southwestern Medical Center Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
John Wingard MD

John Wingard, MD

Director, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, UF Health Cancer Center
Vlad Zaha MD, PhD

Vlad Zaha, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA

Medical Director, Cardio-Oncology Program, UT Southwestern Medical Center Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
Kate Zoll MSW, LCSW

Kate Zoll MSW, LCSW

Psychosocial Oncology Supervisor, Colorado Blood Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center