Advisory Committee

  • Becky Fahrenbruch, PharmD, BCOP
    Oncology Pharmacy Manager
    University of Minnesota Health
    Maple Grove, MN

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    Becky FahrenbruchBecky Fahrenbruch, PharmD, BCOP, is the oncology pharmacy manager at Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center and the residency program director for the PGY2 Oncology Residency at Fairview. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Dr. Fahrenbruch has been involved in many local and national organizations including the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), and for the last 14 years has co-coordinated an Oncology Journal Club for oncology pharmacists.

    Becky Fahrenbruch received her PharmD degree from University of Nebraska Medical Center. She then completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, and an Oncology Specialty Residency at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

  • Niesha Griffith, MS, RPH, FASHP
    Vice President, Cancer Services
    West Virginia University Health System
    Morgantown, WV

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    Niesha GriffithMs. Niesha Griffith is Vice President, Cancer Services, for the West Virginia University Health System, where she is responsible for providing overall direction with regard to the strategic, operational, clinical, financial, and administrative functions associated with cancer services. Prior to coming to WVU, she spent the past 19 years of her career at The Ohio State University Medical Center, with 15 years specifically working in cancer. In her role as Administrator for Pharmacy and Infusion Services at The James Cancer Hospital, she had responsibility for all inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services, as well as infusion services at all six locations, including the hospitals’ Phase I unit.

    Ms. Griffith earned her Bachelor of Science Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University. She earned her Master of Science degree at the OSU College of Pharmacy after completing the combined two-year Masters/Residency Program in Hospital Pharmacy Administration.

    She is Past President of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), where she previously served as Health Policy Chair and Board Member at Large. She is Past President of the Central Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Past Chair of the Leadership Advisory Group of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers.

    Ms. Griffith has been successful in the development of clinical programs and services aimed at improving supportive care management of patients, ensuring appropriate and safe use of medications, maximizing medication reimbursement, and improving patient throughput. She lectures regularly and is published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Pharmacotherapy, Formulary, Hospital Pharmacy, and the Journal of Oncology Practice.

  • Parameswaran Hari, MD, MRCP, MS
    Director, Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
    Division of Hematology Oncology
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Milwaukee, WI

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    Parameswaran HariParameswaran Hari, MD, MRCP, MS, is the Armand J. Quick/William F. Stapp Professor of Hematology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Hari serves as director of the Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (BMT) at Froedtert Hospital and section head, Hematologic Malignancies and Transplantation, in the Division of Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Medicine.

    His primary clinical interests are in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, plasma cell disorders — multiple myeloma, amyloidosis and other monoclonal gammopathies. Dr. Hari is also scientific director of the plasma cell disorders and lymphoma working committees of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR).

    After medical school in India, Dr. Hari completed training in Internal Medicine and Hematology in United Kingdom, followed by training in Medical Oncology and Transplantation at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

  • Kristine B. LeFebvre, MSN, RN, AOCN
    Oncology Clinical Specialist
    Oncology Nursing Society
    Pittsburgh, PA

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    Kristine LeFebvreKristine LeFebvre, MSN, RN, AOCN joined the Education Team at the Oncology Nursing Society in 2004. In the role of Oncology Clinical Specialist, she works on a variety of educational and collaborative projects, including the ASCO/ONS Chemotherapy Administration Safety Standards, ONS Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Guidelines, and many ONS leadership initiatives. Ms. Lefebvre has more than 25 years of oncology nursing experience, including the roles of staff nurse, nurse manager, and clinical nurse specialist in oncology and bone marrow transplant.

  • Ray Page, DO, PhD, FACOI
    President and Director of Research
    The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
    Fort Worth, TX

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    Ray PageDr. Ray D. Page, is president and director of Research at The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Fort Worth. He practices as a medical oncologist and hematologist at the same institution and in Weatherford, Texas.

    As director of Research, Dr. Page remains at the forefront of new drug development and anticancer therapies that enable patients to get novel cancer treatments closer to home. He has been the Principle Investigator (PI) of more than 180 oncology clinical trials. He has a special interest in improving chemotherapy drug delivery resulting in better treatment responses and less toxicities.

  • Jody Pelusi, PhD, FNP, AOCNP
    Oncology Nurse Practitioner
    Honor Health Research Institute
    Scottsdale, AZ
  • Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, RN, PhD
    Director for Nursing and Research Education
    Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
    Seattle, WA

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    Clinical research nurse Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, RN, PhD, is a 17-year veteran of the Clinical Research Division, XXXX.

    In addition to her research responsibilities, Ms. Dorcy serves on Fred Hutchinson’s Institutional Review Board and other center oversight and ethics committees. She teaches nursing classes at UW Tacoma.

    Shannon Dorcy is past president of the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (a nursing honor society) and an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society, the American Public Health Association and Puget Sound Oncology Nurses’ Society.

  • Virginia Vaitones, MSW, OSW-C
    Oncology Social Worker
    PenBay Medical Center
    Rockport, ME

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    Virginia VaitonesVirginia Vaitones, MSW, OSW-C, is an oncology social worker at PenBay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine, and a past president of the Association of Community Cancer Centers.

    Ms. Vaitones did her graduate work at Simmons College School of Social Work and has worked in field of oncology for 39 years. She is a past president of the Association of Oncology Social Work and represented this association at the Commission on Cancer (CoC) for 11 years. She was involved in the writing and updating the CoC Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient Centered Care. Her areas of interest and expertise include patient navigation, financial advocacy, and psychosocial distress screening.

    She has been a reviewer for the Livestrong Foundation and the National Cancer Institute patient education booklet series. She has authored two booklets: What to expect from a Cancer Diagnosis in the Family-A Teen’s Guide and Hospice in Long Term care Facilities. She has co-authored articles for Journal of Psychosocial Oncology and Handbook of Oncology Social Work.

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