We’re in the business of nourishing the mind, body and spirit of people with cancer
The Savor Health Story
Susan Bratton watched her close friend, Eric, be taken by cancer in 5 months time. Going from his vibrant, positive self, even after getting his diagnosis, to succumbing to mouth sores that made eating so difficult his family and friends were at a loss for what to do.
And so were his doctors.
Susan thought that if this could happen to Eric and his family, it must be happening to a lot of other people.
After Susan watched Eric lose his struggle to cancer, she quit her Wall Street job and spent two years researching this area of nutrition and cancer and armed with the results she started Savor Health.
By leveraging a team of oncology nutrition experts and the latest technology, Savor Health designs individually personalized nutrition solutions to meet the unique needs of cancer patients at every step along their journey. Our comprehensive range of technology-enabled services includes algorithm-driven meal and content recommendations and nutritional counseling through a team of oncology credentialed registered dietitians and nurses.
Our Management Team
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Susan started Savor Health after losing a close friend to a brain tumor and, through that experience, becoming aware of the significant unmet nutritional needs of people with cancer. Struck by the fact that her friend was told “nutrition doesn’t matter” and “eat whatever you want,” Susan read the evidence-based literature on the subject, interviewed oncologists, oncology nurses and oncology dietitians, as well as patients and caregivers, and found that, in fact, nutrition does matter in oncology. Armed with solid scientific evidence supporting the clinical and quality of life benefits of proper nutrition, Susan left Wall Street and created Savor Health, an AI-based provider of personalized and clinically appropriate nutrition solutions for cancer patients, their caregivers and health enterprises. Susan brings to Savor Health over 25 years of industry experience in healthcare and business as well as expertise in strategy, finance and management.
Susan is an outspoken and tireless advocate for cancer patients receiving proper nutrition and nutrition support before, during and after treatment. She strongly believes that the U. S. healthcare system requires new innovation to transform it into a more holistic and integrated system of care whereby multiple disciplines coordinate care together for the benefit of the whole patient. As part of this, her goal is for nutrition to be an integral component of such an integrated cancer care delivery system. Susan’s commitment to the field of oncology extends beyond Savor Health to volunteer work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in pediatrics and as a runner for Fred’s Team to raise money for research at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Susan participated in the Cancer Moonshot in June of 2016 where she was a breakout session group “igniter” tasked with starting and leading discussion. Susan’s first book, the Meals to Heal Cancer Cookbook, was published in March 2016.
In addition to her role as CEO of Savor Health, Susan speaks nationally about the importance of ensuring proper nutrition in the cancer patient and on topics including leadership and startups. She has been a speaker at the Harvard Medical School’s Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare, ESMO World Congress on GI Cancer, BioPharm America, AARP Live @50+, Lake Nona Impact Forum, and IIR ePharma Summit.
Prior to starting Savor Health, Susan had a successful career on Wall Street as a healthcare services investment banker working at prestigious firms including Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Wasserstein Perella and Robertson Stephens. Susan earned a B.A. from Duke University and M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business.
Jessica A. lannotta
MS, RD, CSO, CDN, Chief Operating Officer
Jessica is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition (CSO). She studied nutrition at Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. She obtained her Master's degree through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Jessica has worked in inpatient and outpatient oncology settings since 2001 in the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
Jessica is in charge of all operations including clinical and culinary operations ranging from menu development to evidence-based website content, relationships with registered dietitians and social workers and developing processes and protocols for intake, management and outcomes analysis of patients.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Jardin is a successful serial Entrepreneur. In 1997 Mr. Jardin founded IPivot which was purchased by Intel for $500 Million in 1999. Between 1999 and 2001, he served as CTO of Intel’s Network Equipment Division where he ran the Advanced Development Lab. In 2001, he left Intel to found NextGig Inc. and raised $15.2 Million to pursue parallel database acceleration silicon. After hiring the next stage CEO in 2002, he began Jardin Labs as his personal R&D lab to explore Super Computing technologies. His research created a breakthrough in parallel data processing which led to a $275 Million technology acquisition by Microsoft to drive SQL Server Parallel Server. Since, Jardin Labs has developed internal and contracted projects in computer to human interfaces, big data, machine learning, parallel systems, machine vision, Natural Language Processing (NLP), social networking, autonomous robotics, patent litigation, and general product development. Mr. Jardin holds a B.S in Computer Science, has over 24 patents and patent applications, has written several books and has spoken at a wide variety of association meetings and conferences.
Jon Bond is one of the advertising and marketing industry's most recognized thought leaders and entrepreneurs. He has developed several significant companies and marketing concepts over his 30-year career. Jon was Co-Founder and CEO of Kirshenbaum Bond and Partners (KBP). KBP was the first to develop the modern multi-disciplinary, integrated agency. He was CEO of Big Fuel (now part of Publicis) and co-founded and sold one of the first online media agencies (iballs) to Microsoft. Currently, Jon is founder and Chief Tomorroist at TOMORRO\\\. Established in 2012, TOMORRO\\\ is a value accelerator using marketing, innovation, and strategic business development to help visionary companies achieve their ambitions.
Jon is co-founder of Evolve, the only non-partisan gun safety and responsibility group. He is a board member of Gods Love We Deliver and a former board member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Ad Council. Jon co-authored “Under the Radar,” a book about talking to today’s cynical consumer. He has also written for Mediapost and the Huffington Post and is a keynote speaker represented by The Guild Group. Jon has appeared in Morgan Spurlock’s documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, CNN, 20/20, CNBC, Barbara Walters, Deborah Norville, and Piers Morgan. In 2010, Jon was voted number 4 in Adweek’s “Executive of the Decade” poll.
Vice President, Business Development
Andrea Day is a marketing and strategy leader with expertise in patient access, support, and engagement. Andrea brings many years of experience in pharma and biotech, and her dedication to ensuring patients get the care they need. At Pfizer, Andrea was head of US patient assistance and access programs, serving over 1 million patients per year, and led a strategy team for one of Pfizer’s regional business units. Andrea’s passion for fulfilling patient and consumer needs began early in her career in marketing with Kraft Foods, and as a strategist with Siegel+Gale. Andrea has an MBA in marketing from The Wharton School and a BA in Biology from Colgate University.
Andrea is responsible for business development efforts at Savor Health with a focus on pharmaceutical companies and patient advocacy organizations with the goal of expanding reach of Savor Health to people with cancer.
Senior Advisor, Non-Pharma Partnerships
With a visionary approach to marketing, sales, branding, media, and a reputation for restructuring, building and revitalizing businesses, Suzanne has become an accomplished figure in media, brand building, and business. In 2005 Suzanne founded SMS Synergies LLC, a company geared toward helping organizations thrive in today's rapidly changing environment. With a strategically focused approach to business operations, and the ability to draw from her experience in publishing, TV, retail, marketing, sales, events, and social media, Suzanne achieves strong bottom line results. She was at the forefront in the creation of the world's first true media brand, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She helped create the positioning of, and revenue streams for, the media group’s magazines, TV show, website, events, and product. She conceptualized and built the properties of Indian Country Today Media Network, the first Native American multimedia platform, an LLC wholly- owned by the Oneida Indian Nation. With a career built on a foundation of expertise across the full spectrum of business disciplines, she has consulted and developed concepts, properties and promotional opportunities for the Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway company; Alison Restaurants; Chris Blackwell (founder of Island Records and Island Films); The French Culinary Institute; and EXOH DESIGNS Jewelry (co-founded). Suzanne received a BS, Marketing from University of Miami. A passionate connector and communicator, and an avid philanthropist, Suzanne Sobel currently lives in New York City.
Suzanne is a Senior Advisor to Savor Health responsible for non-healthcare partnerships.
Heather Bell-Temin MS, RDN, CSO
Heather Bell-Temin is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. She received a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from Florida State University and a master’s degree in nutrition from Louisiana State University. Heather has been working in the field of nutrition for over 15 years and specializes in the care of patients with gastrointestinal and and head and neck cancer. She was the recipient of the 2013 Connie San Andres-Robles Distinguished Service Award for her volunteer work for the Oncology Nutrition Practice Group. She is passionate about improving lives through nutrition and exercise.
Kylie Buchan, RD, CSO
Kylie is a Registered Dietitian and a Licensed Dietitian in the state of Oklahoma. She earned her B.S. in clinical dietetics from the University of Oklahoma. Kylie received her Board Certification in Oncology Nutrition in 2008. She has spent most of her nutrition career working with oncology patients and currently works in an outpatient cancer center located in Tulsa, OK. Kylie is passionate about educating oncology patients on the importance of nutrition during their fight against cancer and assisting them during all phases of treatment. Although Kylie has worked with a number of different cancer diagnoses, she has a special interest in prostate and colorectal cancers, in which nutrition and lifestyle play a significant role in prevention.
Corinne is a graduate in Nutrition and Food Studies, with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics. She started at Savor Health as an intern while receiving her Bachelor’s degree from New York University. She continues to assist the Savor Health team in maintaining the website and other day-to-day activities, as well as volunteering part-time. She will be continuing her education to become a Registered Dietitian at Leeds Metropolitan University in the Fall.
Aoi Goto, DTR
Aoi is a dietetic technician and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Studies from New York University. She interned at Savor Health in her senior year before joining the team as the Community Manager. Her work involves customer service, managing website/blog/social media, and assisting with various projects. She is interested in the oncology field and plans to continue her education to become a Registered Dietitian.
Angela Hummel, MS, RD, CSO, LDN
Angela is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition (CSO). She studied nutrition at Central Michigan University, where she completed her bachelor’s degree, dietetic internship, and master’s degree. Angela has worked in the inpatient, outpatient, and community oncology settings since 2005 and currently works part time at the Reading Health System. Angela’s passion to help oncology patients has developed from learning the nutritional demands of cancer and seeing the improvement that nutritional modification can provide. Angela is part of the clinical team at Savor Health where she counsels patients on oncology nutrition issues and contributes to clinical website and other Savor Health content.
Stephanie Lang, MS, RDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist with an M.S. degree in Nutrition Education from Teachers College Columbia University. Stephanie interned at Savor Health during her dietetic internship, and continued on after graduating, helping out with various special projects. Check out her monthly blog series titled Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient. Stephanie loves eating out and cooking in, and in addition to her own kitchen adventures, she previously worked as a pastry cook in both California and New York. She is also a co-editor of the Greater New York Dietetic Association’s quarterly newsletter, The Greater New Yorker. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing and recipes on her blog, Figs in My Belly.
Maria Varthis, MS, RD, CDN, CSO
Maria is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Hofstra University, and Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York Institute of Technology. Maria has been working as a nutritionist for over seven years providing nutrition counseling to patients and their families, as well as educating medical professionals through one-to-one counseling, group counseling, lectures, discussions, and presentations. Maria is part of the clinical team at Savor Health where she counsels patients on oncology nutrition issues and contributes to clinical website and other Savor Health content. In addition to working part-time at Savor Health, Maria works at NSLIJ-LIJ Cancer Center.
Hillary B. Sachs, MS, RD, CSO, CDN
Hillary is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO). She received her BS in Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and MS in Clinical Nutrition at New York University, and completed her dietetic internship at the James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center. Hillary works as an outpatient dietitian at the North Shore-LIJ’s Cancer Institute, where she counsels patients and their families before, during and after cancer treatment. Additionally, Hillary counsels clients on nutrition through her private practice, Recipe for Health, L.L.C., and has been invited to present at several nutrition-related events including the Breast Cancer Update Symposium at North Shore-LIJ (2013) and Adelphi University’s Farm to Table lecture (2014). Hillary strives to translate the science behind health, nutrition and prevention into practical and easy-to-follow recommendations.
Aimee M. Shea, MPH, RD, CSO, LD
Aimee is a registered dietitian and board certified specialist in oncology nutrition. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Maryland and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before moving to Columbus, Ohio, where she now resides, Aimee served as the Outpatient Oncology Dietitian at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital, part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill HealthCare System. In addition to working part-time for Savor Health, Aimee is an adjunct nutrition instructor, both online and at a few local universities.
Alyson M. Gould, RN, BSN, OCN
Alyson is a registered nurse and is certified in oncology nursing (OCN) through the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). She also has her certification as an ONS Biotherapy and Chemotherapy Provider. Alyson studied nursing at Thomas Jefferson University where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN). Since starting her nursing career in 2004, Alyson has had a strong dedication and commitment to oncology patients. She has worked inpatient specializing in Bone Marrow and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation. Alyson currently works in outpatient oncology at the North Shore-LIJ Monter Cancer Center. Alyson is part of the clinical team at Savor Health where she counsels patients on oncology and oncology nutrition issues and contributes to website and other Savor Health content.
Rhone Levin, RDN, CSO, LD
Professional and Clinical Outreach Coordinator
Rhone Levin has been a practicing clinical dietitian for 28 years, specializing in oncology nutrition for the past 17 years. Rhone has volunteered with the national organization dedicated to training dietitians in oncology practice, and helped to develop patient handouts, dietitian counseling notes, and standards of practice. She is passionate about providing patient care to those suffering from cancer or cancer treatment.
Chelsey is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Oncology nutrition (CSO). She completed her Dietetic Internship at Northwell Health, received her BS in Dietetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her MS in Nutrition at Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine. Chelsey works as an outpatient dietitian at Mount Sinai covering all of the downtown cancer services at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Philips Ambulatory Care Center. Chelsey works with patients and families before, during and after treatment to optimize their nutrition through dietary counseling and support. Chelsey has experience counseling clients with a variety of diagnoses including breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, head & neck cancer, and more. Chelsey also enjoys sharing nutrition knowledge with her peers by running a monthly Employee Wellness program that showcases healthy topics, recipes and food demos.
Anthony Wind earned his MS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology in 2014 from Teachers College, Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. He is now a part of the Dietetic Internships at Teachers College. Prior to the DI, he independently contracted with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in Washington DC where he worked as Technical Adviser for Nutrition for phase 1 of a project to improve nutrition in Nigeria through the food system. Additionally, Anthony was Nutrition Researcher for the 2015 season of the Dr. Oz Show. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys running and training for long distance foot races. His most memorable race was in the Marin Headlands in San Francisco California. He also enjoys reading up on American history. Anthony is excited to write content and manage the editorials for Savor Health.
Board of Directors
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Susan founded Savor Health in 2011 after a career on Wall Street where she represented and focused exclusively on early and growth stage healthcare services and insurance companies. During her tenure on Wall Street, Susan was a member of the healthcare groups at firms including Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Robertson Stephens and Wasserstein, Perella & Co.
Susan brings to Savor Health over 25 years of industry experience in healthcare and business as well as expertise in strategy, finance and management. She is actively involved in a number of industry associations including Women Business Leaders in Healthcare. She also serves on the Advisory Board of HCap, the national leading venue for healthcare providers and capital to meet, and is the Secretary for Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee. In addition to her role as CEO of Savor Health, Susan speaks nationally on the role of proper nutrition in the cancer patient at industry association meetings as well as advocacy group summits and other oncology meetings. Her work in oncology extends beyond Savor Health and speaking on the role of nutrition to her volunteer work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in pediatrics and as a runner for Fred’s Team to raise money for research at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Susan earned a B.A. from Duke University and M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business.
Jan founded Health Intelligence Partners as a health care consultancy that blends more than twenty five years of both business and clinical experience. Health Intelligence Partners focuses both nationally and internationally on healthcare business strategies and solutions. A great deal of Jan’s focus is on consumer engagement and behavior change and how it affects the decisions that the consumer makes and the actions that they take.
Prior to founding Health Intelligence Partners, Jan served as Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for CVS Caremark. During that time she had both P & L, management and strategy responsibilities. Before going to CVS Caremark, Jan had 15 years experience in healthcare administration within the health plan and academic arenas.
Jan presently sits on the boards of Care Core National, the University of Arizona School of Pharmacy and the advisory boards of Truvaris and RxAnte.
As the recent author of the books “Leveraging Health” and Thirteen Common Pitfalls in Consumer Engagement” , the Editor in Chief of American Journal of Pharmacy Benefit and on the editorial boards of a number of healthcare journals, Jan is considered a national health care thought leader. Jan speaks and writes on a broad range of health care issues. She also serves on the boards of Care Core National (Committees: Audit (Chairperson), Compensation, Search, M&A and Strategic Directions) Midwest Business Group on Health (Committee: Strategy) and University of Arizona School of Pharmacy. She also sits on numerous business and healthcare committees.
Dr. Berger holds both a Doctor of Medicine degree and a Masters degree in Jurisprudence from Loyola University in Chicago and a Certificate in Healthcare Business Administration from University of South Florida. She is also an assistant professor at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Evanston, Illinois.2
Aafia Chaudhry, M.D.
Vice President Global and U.S. Medical Affairs, Oncology, Eli Lilly and Company
Aafia is a pioneer in the study of key opinion leadership science, influence networks, physician sentiment analysis and healthcare innovation adoption relating to pharmaceutical life cycle management strategy. She departed full-time clinical practice in general surgery in order to pursue a career in healthcare advisory and consulting and has successfully supported drug commercialization efforts within the world’s largest pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Until March 2010, Aafia held the position of President at 81qd, an innovation hub employing proprietary data mining techniques to deliver custom Key Opinion Leader strategy solutions for leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. In her spare time, Aafia serves as a Leadership Alliance Board Member for the Melanoma Research Foundation, and is a frequent invited speaker at industry symposia. In 2007 she received a Healthcare Business Women’s Association Rising Star Award, and in 2008, she was the recipient of the prestigious Healthcare Business Women’s Association’s, President’s Award. She lives and works in New York City and is an avid oil painter, gardener and world traveler.
Former President and Chairman of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Carl Schramm is recognized internationally as an authority on entrepreneurial innovation, job creation, and economic growth. He is president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the world's premier organization dedicated to creating new firms and understanding the role they play in economic growth. The Kauffman Foundation is the leading private funder of economic research related to growth and innovation in the United States.
Before joining Kauffman, Schramm served as a professor of health finance and policy at The Johns Hopkins University, founded several companies in health care finance and information technology, served as executive vice president of Fortis, and established a merchant banking firm. He was chairman of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and a member of the Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority.
Schramm is also a prolific writer whose commentary often runs in publications such as Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times. He frequently appears on CNBC and Fox Business News. His two books, Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism (with Robert Litan and William Baumol, now published in eight languages) and The Entrepreneurial Imperative, are considered international classics in their field for their insights into economic growth.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Batten Fellow in the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. He earned degrees in economics and law and holds several honorary doctorates. In 2005, he received the University of Rochester's George Eastman Medal.
Lynn Shapiro Snyder
Partner, Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C
Ms. Shapiro Snyder is a Senior Member of the law firm Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C. in the Health Care and Life Sciences and Litigation practices in the firm's Washington, DC, office, and she is Strategic Counsel with EBG Advisors, Inc. Ms. Snyder has over thirty years of experience at Epstein Becker Green, advising clients about federal, state, and international health law issues, including Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, compliance, and managed care issues. Her clients include health care providers, payers, pharmaceutical/device manufacturers, and those companies and financial services firms that support the health care industry.
She is a frequent speaker and publishes extensively. Ms. Snyder is Founder and President of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation.™ She has authored "Advancing Women in Business: 10 Best Practices" and co-authored "Answering the Call: Understanding the Duties, Risks and Rewards of Corporate Governance." Ms. Snyder joined the firm in 1979 and is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, the State of Florida, and before the United States Supreme Court. She was board re-certified as a Specialist in Health Law in the State of Florida beginning August 1, 2003. She earned a B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College in 1976 and her J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1979.
L. Peter Smith
Mr. Smith started his healthcare career at Baxter International, a diversified medical products and services company, from 1978-1990. While at Baxter, Mr. Smith served as Chief Operating Officer of Baxter’s Japanese Subsidiary located in Tokyo. Subsequently, he was the President of Baxter’s Caremark Division.
In 1991, Mr. Smith founded and led CorSolutions, Inc. which became a leading national disease management company. CorSolutions was sold in 2005 to Matria Healthcare for an IRR of 25%. Mr. Smith also founded and led Medmark, Inc., a leading specialty pharmaceutical distribution company which was also sold in 2006 to Walgreens for an IRR of 45%.
In the case of both CorSolutions and Medmark, Mr. Smith was responsible for developing the business plans and management teams and securing funding. During his career, Mr. Smith has served as a director of a number of both public and private healthcare companies. He currently serves as a director for Matrix Medical Corporation Smartpill Corporation, and E-O2 Concepts, Inc. Mr. Smith received his BA from Princeton University and his MBA from the University of Chicago.
CEO, Cutis Care
Scientific Advisory Board
Barbara L. Grant
MS, RD, CSO, LD
Barbara is a Registered Dietitian and is a Certified Specialist in Oncology (CSO). In addition to her work at Savor Health, Barbara also provides nutrition counseling throughout the continuum of cancer care at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Cancer Care Center in Boise and Caldwell, ID.
She is currently serving as a Commissioner for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (“CDR”) and was Chair from 2011 – 2012. The CDR is the credentialing organization for over 90,000 nutrition and dietetic and professionals in the United States. Barbara is also a member and a past chairman of the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (ON DPG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Barbara is a frequently published author of clinical and scientific papers and journal articles and has also received numerous honors and awards including the 2011 American Medical Writers Association’s Medical Book Award for Health Care Consumers Category and the Distinguished Practice Award and Service Award from the Academy’s Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.
Barbara received her BS, Cum Laude from Washington State University, her MS in Adult Education from the University of Idaho, and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics. Barbara is part of the clinical team at Savor Health where she counsels patients on oncology nutrition issues and contributes to clinical website and other Savor Health content.
Jonathan M. Kurie
M.D. Professor, Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dr. Kurie received a BA in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC and an M.D., Medicine from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. He was a Medical Oncology Fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York from 1988 to 1993, a Biotechnology Fellow, Laboratory of Genetics, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. He did his Internship and Residency at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA. Dr. Kurie has authored numerous publications.
Joel B. Mason
M.D., Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, Tufts University; Director, Vitamins and Carcinogenesis Laboratory, Jean Mayer U.S.D.A. Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University; Staff Physician, Divisions of Clinical Nutrition and Gastroenterology, Tufts Medical Center; Associate Director for Nutrition and Cancer, Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center
After completion of his residency in Internal Medicine, Dr. Mason received postdoctoral training in both Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition at University of Chicago. He then joined the faculty of Tufts University, where he has spent his entire professional career. He directs a very active research laboratory, the focus of which is the role of nutrition in the prevention of cancer.
For the past 15 years, he has also directed a postdoctoral training program in Human Nutrition and Metabolism supported by the National Institutes of Health. He continues to work as a clinician as well: two decades ago he created a multi-disciplinary team—the Nutrition Support Service--that provides consultative guidance to other physicians pertaining to the management of nutritional issues in critically ill patients; and in his clinic he specializes in the management of nutritional complications of gastrointestinal diseases.
MS, RD, CDN, CSO, Nutrition Consultant
Holly Mills is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist and Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition, a founding partner of Fresh View Nutrition and a nutritionist at a comprehensive clinical cancer center in NYC.
Holly previously worked at New York-Presbyterian hospital as a clinical nutritionist on the oncology service where she managed the nutritional care of cancer patients going through surgery for tumor removal, chemotherapy and radiation. Holly also has extensive ongoing experience with general medicine patients with a variety of conditions including diabetes, heart disease and renal disease. Holly holds a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Holly is also a member of the Company’s Advisory Board.
Elizabeth Chabner Thompson
M.D., MPH, CEO, BFFL
In 1993, upon graduating from Johns Hopkins Medical School, Dr. Elizabeth Chabner Thompson devoted herself to taking care of women. When her mother developed breast cancer, Elizabeth decided to focus her career on this specific disease. During her residency, Elizabeth also obtained a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard.
As a Radiation Oncologist, Elizabeth worked part-time while raising her four children. In 2006 after years of breast surveillance and biopsies, consultations with genetic counselors and her own physicians, Elizabeth underwent prophylactic mastectomies. Recovery from this surgery and interaction with her physicians led to a second part-time job with the Reconstructive Surgeons, helping other women with the decisions and the recovery from breast surgery.
Elizabeth felt that while the surgeries and radiation treatment for breast cancer had evolved and been truly revolutionized, the garments she could offer to her patients undergoing radiation therapy and surgery were designed in the 1970’s, mostly for patients undergoing surgeries of the past. Patients were concerned and confused about their surgeries, “What should I bring to the hospital?” “Help me find the tools to recover.” Elizabeth decided to develop a line of recovery bags, bras and surgical accessories for the modern age of patient recovery.
With needle and thread, Elizabeth cut and pasted bras to meet the needs of the 21st century patient. BFFL provides line of recovery bags, bras and surgical accessories for the modern age of patient recovery. The BFFL Bags ™ for breast cancer patients, traumatic brain injury patients, and axilla pilla™ are available today and other garments will roll out in 2012. BFFL is dedicated to improving the patient experience.
MPH, MS, RDN
Suzanne Dixon, a registered dietitian and epidemiologist, is best known as the creator of an award-winning cancer nutrition website, which was acclaimed by the New York Times and Time magazine. She has received numerous awards from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and is Past Chair of the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.
Suzanne managed the Outpatient Oncology Nutrition Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and has served as an appointed member to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). She was recently appointed to serve on the American Society of Clinical Oncology Obesity and Energy Balance Work Group, and has authored journal articles, textbook chapters, and consumer health publications. She has developed and taught medical, nursing, public health, and complementary medicine coursework. Suzanne received her training in epidemiology and nutrition at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health at Ann Arbor.
M.D., Board-Certified Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Colorado Cancer Center
David Raben, M.D. is currently faculty at the University of Colorado where he is a board-certified Professor of Radiation Oncology and has recently been named a U.S. News Top Doctor. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University in 1985 and completed his M.D. at Wake Forest University/Bowman Grey School of Medicine in 1990. After graduation, he completed residency in Radiation Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1991-1994, serving as a chief resident in 1994. Dr. Raben has developed nationally recognized clinical expertise over the past 20 years in the management of head and neck cancer (HNC), lung cancer and prostate/bladder cancers. Clinically, Dr. Raben has a strong interest in nutritional precision for patients, with an interest in reducing processed foods and sugars in patients with locally advanced cancers, especially ones with high cell turnover. An anti-inflammatory strategy with a Mediterranean dietary approach coupled with reductions in high carbohydrate loading may reduce or slow cancer progression and improve a patient’s intrinsic microbiome to enhance immune response to various therapies including immune enabling drugs like checkpoint inhibitors that have shown dramatic success recently in advanced cancers. From a research perspective, his focus has been on laboratory discoveries and innovative clinical trials in areas such as high risk, heavy smoker HNC patients and has explored approaches that inhibit cancer DNA repair or growth factor signaling. Dr. Raben recently completed the first Phase I clinical trial in the US with and oral DNA repair inhibitor (PARP inhibitor) and radiation for heavy smokers when combined with intensity modulated radiation (IMRT). His efforts currently center around evaluation of TGFb inhibition in HNSCC as well as the use of radiation to stimulate activity of immune enabling drugs. Nationally, Dr. Raben serves on the NRG Oncology head and neck steering committee as well as co-chairing the Developmental Therapeutics Co-Chair at the NRG. He actively serves as an ASCO Ambassador for Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Courses (MCMC) to help educate underserved areas around the world in cancer care. Finally, he serves an ad hoc reviewer for high impact journals such as Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Oncology, JAMA Oncology, Oral Oncology, Head and Neck, Int. Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, Clinical Cancer Research and Cancer Research. He has authored over 140 publications.
M.D., MBA, Director, Digital Medicines and Innovation, Novartis
Dr Fombu is a recognized authority on the convergence of digital technologies and healthcare. He is an award-winning author, physician and medical futurist with over 10 years combined experience in clinical medicine, drug development, medical affairs, research, pragmatic trials and product lifecycle management strategy in biopharmaceutical industry and private equity.
His current focus for Novartis is how digital technologies can be leveraged to better measure Novartis product’s real world effectiveness and value, and also to design more comprehensive disease management systems in partnership with digital health startups, payers and providers. In addition to his book, The Future of Healthcare: Human and Machine Partnering for Better Outcomes, Dr. Fombu has authored multiple research papers and abstracts in renowned peer reviewed journals. As a medical futurist and 2017 winner of the prestigious New York City Health Business Leaders Boldest Digital Health Influencer Award, Dr Fombu is a champion and advocate for value based healthcare, personalized medicine, mhealth, nanotechnology, big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and digital medicine. He serves as an external advisory board member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT.nano project.
Dr Fombu did his clinical training at Emory-Crawford Long Hospital and holds an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business and a certification in Artificial Intelligence: Implications for business strategy from MIT’s Sloan school of management and Computer Science Artificial Intelligence Lab. He lives in New York City.