Conference Speakers

We are excited to announce our keynote speakers for the 11th Annual Conference!


Martine Extermann MD, PhD
Professor of Oncology and Medicine at the University of South Florida
Senior Member in the Senior Adult Oncology Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center

“Psychosocial evaluation of the older cancer patient: Moffitt’s Senior Adult Oncology Program 20-year experience.”

Dr. Extermann earned her medical diploma and her medical PhD at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She has a Swiss Board Certification in Internal Medicine, specialty Oncology-Hematology. She also holds ABIM certifications in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. She has worked at Moffitt since 1994 and has been a faculty member since 1997. Her research focuses on cancer in the elderly.  Her main areas of investigation are comorbidity, comprehensive assessment, and prediction/prevention of treatment toxicity in older cancer patients. She served as Chair of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group’s Subcommittee on Aging and is presently involved in the South West Oncology Group. She also served as  President of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), of which she is also a founding board member. She served on the ASCO Education and Scientific Program Committees, and is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Extermann was presented at ASCO 2009 with the B.J. Kennedy Award for Scientific Excellence in Geriatric Oncology.

Philip A. Pizzo, M.D.
Former Dean and Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Philip A. Pizzo, MD, the David and Susan Heckerman Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology, served as dean of the Stanford School of Medicine from April 2001 through November 2012. Previously he was the physician-in-chief of Children’s Hospital in Boston and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; he served as head of the National Cancer Institute's infectious disease section, chief of the NCI’s pediatric branch, and acting scientific director for NCI's Division of Clinical Sciences.

Pizzo devoted much of his career to the diagnosis, management, prevention and treatment of childhood cancers and the infectious complications that occur in children and adults whose immune systems are compromised by cancer and AIDS.  He is the author of more than 500 scientific articles and 16 books. He has received numerous awards and honors and is a member of a number of prestigious organizations and societies, including the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences,  and he serves on the Board of Trustees of several universities.   


Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D.

Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Florida International University, Herbert Wetheim College of Medicine


Carolyn D. Runowicz, MD is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in women’s health and gynecologic cancer. Her research has focused on the development, initiation and conduct of clinical trials in gynecologic cancer and in cancer prevention. She has authored more than 200 scientific articles. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the University of Connecticut Distinguished Alumni Award, the American Medical Women’s Association Local Legend Award, Cancer Care Physician of the Year Award, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology Statesman Award.

She has served in leadership roles in the major cancer organizations. She served as the first woman president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (2000), was President of the American Cancer Society (2005) and served on the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB), appointed by President George W. Bush. She served as Chair of the NCAB for 4 years (2006-2010). She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) (2011-2015) and she is on the Audit Committee and Board Liaison for the Health Disparities Committee. She is also currently serving as Vice President of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Foundation Board.


David Spiegel MD
Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

David Spiegel MD will give the Holland Distinguished Leadership Award lecture. Dr. Spiegal is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists, Past President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.  He has published ten books, 368 scientific journal articles, and 156 book chapters on psychosocial oncology, stress physiology, trauma, hypnosis, and psychotherapy.   His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Dana Foundation for Brain Sciences, and the Nathan S. Cummings Foundation.  His research on cancer patients was featured in Bill Moyers' Emmy award-winning PBS series, Healing and the Mind.