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Strategically Applying Your Existing Clinical and Research Skills to Leadership: Thinking Like a Program

Wednesday, March 11: 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Matthew J. Loscalzo is the Liliane Elkins Professor in Supportive Care Programs in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine and Professor in Department of Population Sciences. He is also the Executive Director of the Department of Supportive Care Medicine and the Administrative Director of the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at the City of Hope-National Medical Center, Duarte California, USA.

Professor Loscalzo has over 38 years experience in caring for cancer patients and their families.  He is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the clinical, educational, and research domains of psychosocial aspects of cancer.  Professor Loscalzo was the President of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and the Association of Oncology Social Workers.  He is highly recognized and sought after for his strategic mentorship of leaders across disciplines.  Professor Loscalzo has focused pain and palliative care, the implementation of problem-based screening programs, gender-based medicine and problem solving therapies. Along with James Zabora, ScD, they created the first prospective universal clinical biopsychosocial screening program in the United States.

Professor Loscalzo has held leadership positions at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, the Rebecca and John Moores Cancer Center at the University of California at San Diego and is now in his 10 year at City of Hope-National Medical Center. He has created a number of highly integrated interdisciplinary biopsychosocial programs based on a unique staff leadership model.   He has been a consultant to multiple major cancer organizations on how to build supportive care programs, implement new processes, enhance staff engagement and has developed a unique staff leadership model.

In 2010, he received the Outstanding Education and Training Award Recipient from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. In October 2014, Professor Loscalzo was recognized for a lifetime achievement award in clinical care with the Noemi Fisman Award for Lifetime Clinical Excellence from the International Psycho-Oncology Society. In August 2015, he received the Jimmie Holland Life Time Leadership Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. In 2016 Professor Loscalzo received the Harold Benjamin Innovation Award, Cancer Support Community and in August of 2017, he was the recipient of the Arthur M. Sutherland Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Psycho-Oncology, International Psycho-Oncology Society

He has been a  PI on two 5 year NIH R25E training grants (teaching health care professionals how to build supportive care programs and biopsychosocial screening programs) and a site PI for a third  R25E to teach advanced cognitive behavioral skills. He is also on the editorial boards or a reviewer for a number of professional journals and has over 85  publications, including 5 books. His clinical interests are gender-based medicine, strengths-based approaches to psychotherapies, pain, insomnia, problem-based distress screening and the creation of supportive care programs.

Scaling Patient-Centered Communication: The Promise and the Paradox

Thursday, March 12: 8:15 – 9:15 AM

Dr. Anthony Back is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, Division of Oncology. He is Co-Director of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence with Dr. Randy Curtis. His research on patient-physician communication has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Arnold P Gold Foundation and many others. He was a faculty scholar for the project on Death and America. He co-founded VitalTalk as a 501 c3 foundation with Dr. Robert Arnold and Dr. James Tulsky, to use a startup entrepreneurship approach to disseminating clinician-skills training for serious illness. He created the first video online illustrations of communication skills, created the first smartphone teaching app for this purpose, and the first video blog, still ongoing at For over a decade he has been a senior teacher at the Upaya Institute’s Being with Dying contemplative practice program, and the Resilient program for the American Society of Clinical Oncology Professional Development program. Currently, he is the principal investigator for Care.Lab a national initiative funded by the John A Hartford Foundation, to scale up innovations for serious illness.

Opportunities for Impact: Fostering Innovation at the Intersections of Policy, Practice and Research

Friday, March 13: 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Dr. Carly Parry is a Senior Advisor in the Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, where she leads the $120M Transitional Care Evidence to Action Network and is the POR lead for the $40M AHRQ/PCORI career development program to train learning health systems researchers. Dr. Parry’s expertise includes program development and leadership, health services research and delivery, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices, quality metric testing and development, and mixed methodologies. Dr. Parry earned a joint doctorate in Social Work and Sociology, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Parry began her career as a community organizer in the non-profit public health arena, was an NIH pre-doctoral fellow and grant awardee, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado’s Division of Healthcare Policy and Research, and served concurrently as Dissemination and Training Leads for the nationally-recognized Care Transitions Program™ in addition to working in the healthcare industry.

From 2011-2014, Dr. Parry served as Program Director at the National Cancer Institute, leading cancer survivorship and care transitions portfolios. Prior to NCI, Dr. Parry was Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado, conducting research and serving 9 years as Dissemination and Training Lead for the Care Transitions Program. Dr. Parry served as a Care Improvement Researcher for Kaiser Permanente Southern California, a $20B health system with 14 hospitals, 168 medical offices and over 3.7 million members. In this dual research-operations role, Dr. Parry identified and helped to close gaps in Kaiser Permanente care delivery using evaluation, quality improvement and research initiatives executed in conjunction with clinicians, patients, and operational leaders to support a learning healthcare system.

Dr. Parry served as a Technical Expert on AHRQ’s Developing Workforce Competencies in the Learning Healthcare System and serves as the PCORI Lead for a corollary $40M Learning Healthcare Systems training program, co-funded by AHRQ and PCORI. She serves as an expert for NAM Value-Driven Roundtables, a thought leader for cancer and chronic illness initiatives, and cancer survivorship care with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of HHS). Dr. Parry has received funding support from entities including the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PCORI, the Commonwealth Fund and the John A Hartford Foundation. Dr. Parry was lead architect for 2 National Cancer Institute (NCI) funding opportunity announcements on survivorship care planning, headed an NCI initiative to drive measurement consensus in cancer care, and developed a model of cancer survivorship care highlighted in the 2013 IOM Report and by ASCO. She currently leads an $20M initiative to highlight and leverage PCORI’s transitional care research portfolio. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals, NAM reports, the Handbook of Oncology Social Work, blogs, and commentaries.