The International Multidisciplinary Breast Conference 2019
 
SPEAKERS
Prof. Virgilio Sacchini MD
Attending Surgeon, Full Professor of Surgery
Breast Service of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, New York, USA

Prof. Sacchini is a surgeon who specializes in the treatment of breast cancer. For the past ten years, He have been involved as a co-investigator in clinical trials in Milan, Italy, to evaluate conservative surgery and sentinel-node mapping in breast cancer. In Italy, Prof. Sacchini served as Deputy Director of the Breast Department in the European Institute of Oncology, a leading institution for the study and treatment of breast cancer. He was also a clinical coordinator of the Italian Breast Cancer Chemoprevention Study of Tamoxifen and a clinical investigator in breast cancer trials for the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC).
 
Dr. Adnan Kassis MD, HOD
Consultant radiologist
Ain Al Khaleej Hospital, Al Ain, UAE
 
Dr. Adnan is a very experienced radiologist. He graduated from Faculty of Medicine, University of Aleppo, Syria in 1986 and chose radiology for his post-graduation which he completed in France and was certified by French board of radiology in 1993 and European Board of neuroradiology in 2008.
 
He has also obtained higher diplomas in MRI from Franch-comte University Faculty of Medicine, Besancon, France and in Breast imaging from University of Burgundy, Faculty of Medicine, Dijon, France.
 
Dr. Adnan has worked in prestigious tertiary care hospitals abroad (St Jacque and Jean Minjoz University hospitals, France) and in U.A.E (Tawam hospital). He takes a keen interest in the teaching of medical graduates and post-graduates.
 
Dr. Adnan has participated in many National and International conferences as speaker and he has many publications in National and International journals.
 
Dr. Basemah Zaghir
Consultant Radiologist
Tawam Hospital, Al Ain, UAE
 
Dr. Basemah received her Medical Degree from the faculty of Medicine, Baghdad University, Iraq in 1990.
 
She completed her Post graduate Medical Education in Rotterdam, The Netherlands with training in General Radiology, received the Dutch Board Certification in General Radiology in 2003.
 
Prior to joining Tawam Hospital, Dr Basemah worked as a Consultant Radiologist in the Netherlands for more than 11 years, as a general Radiologist with special interest in Breast Imaging and associated Interventional procedures.
 
She is a member of the Dutch Society of Radiology, including the Dutch division of Breast Radiology, and a member of the European Society of Radiology.
 
Dr. Atif Jalees Khan MD, MS
Radiation Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA

Dr. Atif Khan is an Associate Attending Radiation Oncologist at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Khan completed residency at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago IL and a fellowship in brachytherapy at Harvard’s Brigham and Women's Hospital and was on the faculty of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey before joining the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Khan treats patients with breast, central nervous system, and other tumors in his practice. He is a national expert on breast radiotherapy and leads major ongoing trials in this area, including NSABP B51 and Alliance A221505 and is on major national committees. He also serves as an oral examiner and an item-writer in the breast section for the American Board of Radiology, the certifying body for radiation oncology trainees in the Unites States.

 
Dr. Danijela Jelovac MD
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Maryland, USA

Dr. Danijela Jelovac is an assistant professor of oncology with primary interest in women malignancies, particularly breast cancer and gynecological malignancies. Her clinical focus is on development of new approaches for prevention and treatment of breast and gynecologic malignancies. A member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Dr. Jelovac has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has presented her work at national meetings.

 
Dr. Hannah Yong Wen MD, PhD
Director, Breast Pathology Fellowship
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA

Dr. Hannah Yong Wen is an Associate Attending Pathologist, the director of Breast Pathology Fellowship, and the co-director of the Medical Donation Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Wen’s clinical practice is exclusively on the diagnosis of breast lesions. She received her MD degree from Peking University Health Science Center and PhD in Cancer Biology from MD Anderson Cancer Center. She completed residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at New York University Langone Medical Center, and Surgical Pathology and Breast Pathology fellowships at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Wen has authored 70 peer-reviewed publications, multiple invited reviews and book chapters, and has lectured at various nationally and international conferences and educational courses. Her current research is focused on the genomic alterations and tumor micro environment of triple negative breast cancer. She is a member of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Research Council, an Elected Officer of International Society of Breast Pathology, and a member of NRG Oncology Breast Cancer Translational Subcommittee. She also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals and an associate editor for BMC Cancer.

 
Dr. Jane Mendez MD
Chief of Breast Surgery
Miami Cancer Institute, Florida, USA

Dr. Jane Mendez is a breast surgical oncologist at Miami Cancer Institute. She specializes in the treatment of breast cancer and performs all types of breast surgical procedures. Dr. Mendez has contributed to notable breast cancer research and her findings have been widely published. She also has presented abstracts at numerous national and international symposiums and serves on the editorial board of the breast section of the Annals of Surgical Oncology, a commonly used resource. Renowned for her patient care and advocacy, Dr. Mendez is passionate about educating patients and advancing breast cancer awareness and prevention outside the hospital setting, in the community and at national meetings. She was appointed to the governing board of Susan G. Komen,

Massachusetts affiliate. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of numerous professional societies, including the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

 
Dr. Judy C. Boughey MD
General Surgeon
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center Clinical Researchers, Minnesota, USA

Dr. Judy C. Boughey is the professor of surgery at Mayo Clinic, vice chair for research in the Department of Surgery, medical director ofthe Surgical Clinical Research Office and program director of the Breast Surgery Fellowship. She is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and Education Committee chair for the American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Programand author of over 180 peer-reviewed paper Dr. Judy C. Boughey is a passionate researcher and has led multiple national clinical trials; ACOSOG Z1071 evaluating SLN surgery in patients with node positive breast cancer treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy, ACOSOG Z11102 evaluating breast conservation in women with multiple ipsilateral breast tumors and ALLIANCE A11202 comparing axillary dissection to axillary radiation for patients with node positive disease after neoadjuvant chemotherapy.

 
Dr. Mahmoud El Tamer MD
Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Surgical Oncology & Reconstruction
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA

Dr. Mahmoud El Tamer is trained as a breast surgeon with 25 years of experience caring for patients with breast cancer, and works collaboratively with other breast cancer specialists on Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary breast cancer disease management team.

Dr. El-Tamer received his MD from the American University of Beirut in 1981. He completed his residency at the American University of Beirut Medical Center in 1985, followed by four years of surgical oncology and reconstructive surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. After his training, Dr. El-Tamer became interested in joining these two disciplines to provide improved care to breast cancer patients, and has developed a special expertise in this growing field of oncoplastic surgery.

Dr. El-Tamer’s research interests have covered different aspects of breast cancer and quality of care in surgery. He has been the principal or co-principal investigator on research grants from the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation, the United States Veterans’ Administration, and the American College of Surgeons. His current research interests are focused on tumor micro-environment post mastectomy radiation in 1–3 positive nodes and breast conservation. Dr. El-Tamer has published “Principals & Techniques in Oncoplastic Breast Cancer Surgery”, a textbook to help other surgeons enhance cosmetic results while performing surgery to treat breast cancer. He is currently collaborating with international Oncoplastic surgeons to publish a second edition. Dr. El-Tamer holds the patent to a new agent for sentinel node detection.

 
Dr. Maroun El Khoury MD
Consultant Medical Oncologist
American Hospital, Dubai, UAE

Dr. Maroun El Khoury completed his basic medical training from Saint Joseph University School of Medicine Beirut, Lebanon in 1999. He completed his US Board Certification in Internal Medicine (2003) and both Oncology & Hematology in 2006. Prior to joining us, Dr. El Khoury was working since July, 2006 as an Attending Physician Hematology/Oncology at the Great River Hematology and Oncology Iowa USA. He also served as Medical Director & Chief of Medicine at the same place and co-directed the hospice and palliative care program. He is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and American Academy of Pain Management.

 
Dr. Ming-Huei Cheng MD, MBA, FACS
President and Professor
Department of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

Dr. Ming-Huei Cheng attended Chung-Shan Medical College, graduating in 1988. After completing both his residency in general and plastic surgery with Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan, he worked as trauma plastic surgeon for 3 years and served as deputy chairman and professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery for over 10 years.

As a fellow of the American College of Surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a member of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery to name a few, some of his most outstanding accomplishments include: winning the 2006 Godina Travel Fellow, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery award, hosting the 2009 ASBPRS and the 2013 International Symposium for Surgical Treatment of Lymphedema conferences, publishing a sequence of books titled Breast: the comprehensive guideline in Mandarin (English in progress), lecturing in Singapore and over 10 states in the USA as visiting professor, mentoring and training over 60 visiting international fellows in the field of reconstructive microsurgery.

Today, Dr. Ming-Huei Cheng is listed among one of the most sought-after doctors/professors in the reconstructive microsurgery field. His innovative surgical methods as well as his unique techniques have gained him global recognition and praise, attracting innumerable medical scholars and patients alike from as close as Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, and far as North and South America, the Middle East and Europe.

 
Dr. Mohamed Al Bshir MD,  FACS  
Consultant Surgeon
Tawam Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE - Member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons 
 
Dr. Al-Bashir is an American-Certified General Surgeon. He is currently the director of breast care center and breast fellowship at Tawam hospital. He is an adjunct associate professor at Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAEU.
 
Dr. Al-Bashir joined the staff at Tawam Hospital in 2007 and was the Co-Director of the General Surgery Residency Program from 2007-2010.
 
Prior to 2007, Dr. Al-Bashir worked at Jersey City Medical Center (New Jersey) and Maimonides Medical Center (New York). He was the Site-Director of the General Surgery Residency Program at Jersey City Medical Center. In addition, he was an assistant Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York).
 
Dr. Al Bashir received his B.S. with highest honors in Biochemistry from CUNY-Staten Island in 1992 and his MD degree from Down State Medical School (Brooklyn, New York) in 1996. He completed his general surgery residency program at Downstate in 2001. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 2002 and was recertified in 2011.
 
Dr Al Bashir has many ongoing IRB approved breast cancer research projects. He presented many papers in national and international meeting and has many publications. He participated in national and international conferences as an invited speaker.
 
Dr. Al-Bashir is a fellow of the American college of surgeons and a member of the American society of breast surgeons and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He was the recipient of many awards, just to name few: Jonas E. Salk Award & Scholarship (1992), Chandler Mc Cuskey Brooks Annual Award in Physiology (1992-1993), Thomas W. Pollock Award (2001), Teacher of the Year Chief Resident Award (2001). He was chosen as best surgeon by the department of critical care medicine at Tawam Hospital in 2010 and received the exemplary contribution award by department of surgery at Tawam Hospital in 2011.
 
Dr. Mohammad Al Bashir's specialty is Plastic Surgery - Breast and currently works as a Chief of Breast Surgery. 
 
 
Dr. Mohammed Jaloudi MD
Associate Professor of Medicine/Oncology
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, USA

I am currently back in my home state working as an Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  Prior to this current appointment, I was Director of Medical Oncology at The AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center affiliate since November of 2017. From February of 2006 until August of 2017, I was Chairman of The Oncology Department at Tawam Hospital in Al Ain, UAE.  Since the middle of 2006, Tawam Hospital has been managed in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHMI).

Having worked in New York City during the beginning of my career, taking on a challenging role in the UAE was more rewarding than I could have imagined. As the world has become more intertwined and closer than ever before, one realizes that we are more similar than we think. Medicine is no different, though ethnic and cultural variations may exist. My area of interest has been in solid tumors with an emphasis on breast cancer. Having been instrumental in initiating collaborative groups and trials throughout the Middle East and Africa, I am hopeful this collaboration will continue across continents.

 
Dr. Rola Shaheen MD, FRCPC
Chief & Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging
Peterborough Regional Health Center, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Rola Shaheen joins Health Centre from Abu Dhabi in January 2015 as Chief and Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging (DI). Dr. Shaheen comes to Peterborough from her role as Chief of Women’s Imaging with Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi, a major government hospital, where she worked to champion women’s health care issues, including planning initiatives for breast imaging services and interventions.

“I am passionate about the role radiology plays in a hospital setting,” says Dr. Shaheen. “Diagnostic imaging is not a commodity; it is an important, multidisciplinary clinical service that provides our patients with the answers they need. Just ten years ago, the technology and equipment were not what they are today. In my role with PRHC, I am dedicated to the pursuit of continuous education and quality improvement in everything we do.”

In addition to her recent work overseas, Dr. Shaheen has served as Chief of Radiology and Director of Women’s Imaging with Harrington Memorial Hospital, a community hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Jordan University in Amman, followed by a year of medical school, an internship and a residency at the University of Toronto. Subsequent to her fellowship in women’s imaging with Harvard Medical School, she joined the faculty there for four years before she was recruited by the government of Abu Dhabi.

 
Dr. Sana Al Sukhun MD, MSc.
Director of Medical Oncology/ Hematology
President of Jordanian Oncology Society, Amman, Jordan

Dr. Al Sukhun is Adjunct Professor of Medical Oncology, and currently the president of Jordanian Society of American Medical Graduates. She is immediate past president of the Jordanian Oncology Society. She is actively involved in numerous professional organizations such as European and American societies of medical oncology (ESMO & ASCO), where she serves on several committees, she is Co-Chair of the Resource Stratified Guideline Advisory Group of ASCO, member of the Colorectal Cancer Guideline Consensus Panel, the multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course Working group; and served on the International Affairs Committee of ASCO, she is member of the Global Policy Committee of ESMO, and the Emerging Country Committee of ESMO, member of the NCCN- Middle East & North Africa (MENA) committee, member of breast cancer core faculty of the European School of Oncology, member EUTROC and many other regional and international societies. She served as Director of Breast and Gynecology Service at King Hussein Cancer Centre, and was on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Jordan. She has helped establish the National Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Program in Jordan, contributed to the MENA edition of the NCCN breast cancer guidelines, contributed to the 2014 UICC Review of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Model List of Essential Medicines for cancer, and currently involved in reviewing National Cancer Control Plans submitted to WHO. She has organized & chaired the first conference on Breast Cancer in Jordan mainly focusing on "Neoadjuvant therapy" in 2004, introducing the concept in the region, organized and chaired many other national and regional meetings.

Dr. Sana Al Sukhun earned her medical degree from the University of Jordan with honors, and pursued a Master of Science, majoring in cancer biology from Wayne State University (WSU) in Michigan. She completed her internal medicine residency at Detroit Medical Centre, followed by postdoctoral research at WSU, while pursuing her fellowship in Medical Oncology & Hematology at Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at WSU. She is American board certified in internal medicine, medical Oncology & hematology.
 
Dr. Al Sukhun is mainly interested in translational research particularly development of biologic and immune based therapies with predictors of response to systemic therapy targeting breast, ovarian, and other solid tumors. In addition, her work focuses on advocating for greater awareness of cancer, its regional impact, and the importance of research to overcome cancer and improve access to proper health care. 
 
Dr. Souzan El-Eid MD, FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Nevada, Nevada, USA

Dr. Souzan El-Eid is a breast surgeon with Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) and serves as the Medical Director of the Breast Care Center at Summerlin Hospital. Dr. El-Eid is currently the Cancer Liaison Physician for the Cancer Program and co-chair of the Breast Tumor Board as well as Cancer Committee at Summerlin Hospital. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of General Surgery at Touro University Nevada and has served as principal investigator for several clinical research studies.

Dr. El-Eid is past President of Clark County Medical Society and an instructor at the American Society of Breast Surgeons’ Annual Meeting, teaching Breast Ultrasound and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy. She was also invited by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ACSO) to review and publish clinical practice guidelines on surgical margins for breast-conserving surgery with whole-breast irradiation in stage I and II invasive breast cancer. The data was published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology in spring 2014. Additionally, Dr. El-Eid serves on various medical and imaging committees, co-authors numerous publications about breast cancer and breast diseases and frequently gives presentations and lecturers about breast cancer to the public and physicians.

Dr. El-Eid has been named Top Doctor by Vegas Seven and Desert Companion, Medical Marvels by Nevada Business Magazine, Distinguished Women in Nevada by Distinguished Publishing Company, Top Breast Surgeon by HealthTap, and America’s Most Compassionate Doctor as chosen by PatientsChoice.org. She has been recognized as Top Surgeon from Consumers’ Research Council of America and received the Cancer Liaison Physician, Outstanding Performance Award from the American College of Surgeons in 2006. Dr. El-Eid practices by her core philosophy, “The patient always comes first, all else is secondary.”

 
Dr. Nehad Kazim Albastaki
Specialist Breast Radiologist and Head of Breast Imaging
Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital (MAIR), Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Dr. Nehad has 19 years experience in diagnostic radiology (2000 till this date) served both government and private hospitals in which 13 years expertise and leadership in both breast cancer screening and diagnostics and interventions (2006 till this date).
  • Has a contribution in scientific presentations and review articles in National and International conferences and workshops.
  • Committee member in the National Breast Cancer Screening Initiative for guidelines, MOH, Dubai
  • (2013-2017)
  • Lead Radiologist and Head of National Breast Cancer Screening Program in MOH (2006-2015)
  • Deputy of clinical radiology at Al Baraha hospital, Dubai, (2001-2006)
  • Fellow Residence at Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital and Avon Breast Screening Centre, Bristol, UK (1997-1999). During the residency, has worked on more than one thousand symptomatic cases at one stop breast clinic in a project titled “Role of ultrasound in comparison to mammogram in diagnosis of breast cancer” and was presented at international conference of radiology in Dubai year 2002.
  • Member of ESR and EUSOBI societies, Vienna, Austria
  • Member of Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), USA
 
Dr. Nehad specialization is Breast Imaging and Intervention such as:
  • Mammogram/Tomosynthesis-screening and diagnostic.
  • Breast Ultrasound.
  • Breast MRI
  • Image guided interventional procedures such as stereotactic biopsy, core biopsy breast and axillary lymph node, fine needle aspiration, wire localization, Automated Vacuum Assisted Biopsy (VAB) and marker/clip Placement
 
 
Dr. Suhaila Alameeri
Consultant Anatomic Pathologist
National Reference Laboratory, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Suhaila Alameeri is a Consultant Anatomic Pathologist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Medicine and Health Science at the United Arab Emirates University.

Dr. Alameeri has obtained her Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1996, at the Cairo University, Egypt. In 2007, she completed her residency program in anatomic pathology at the King Faisal Hospital and Research Center and King Saud University in Riyadh, KSA, and in 2008, completed a Fellowship at the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (FRCPA). In 2013, Dr. Suhaila was awarded a Master’s Degree in Quality Management from the Wollongong University in Dubai.

Dr. Suhaila has over ten years of vast working experience in different roles, including clinical, academic, administrative and advisory responsibilities. Her clinical experience is in general surgical pathology, with focus and interest in breast and gynaecologic pathology. She worked as a Histopathology Specialist at the Mafraq Hospital Abu Dhabi from 2007 to 2010, and as from 2010 to 2013 as a consultant. She was the Acting Chief of the Anatomic Pathology Section at Mafraq Hospital from 2011 to 2013 and from 2013 to 2016 as a Chief of Anatomic Pathology at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Suhaila is an active member of many organizations and committees, including the National Task Force for Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, under the Health Authority Abu Dhabi since 2009, in addition to being a frequent lecturer in regional educational events.

Dr. Alameeri joined NRL as a Consultant Anatomic Pathologist in 2017.