2022 Career Path Speakers

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 4 pm
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Marcin Chwistek, MD, FAAHMP - Director, Supportive Oncology and Palliative Care Program - Read more here
Hidden geometry of our lives: looping, zigzagging, or leaping forward - finding our paths amid chaos
Marcin Chwistek, MD, is a pain and palliative medicine physician in the Department of Hematology and Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  He is also an Associate Editor at the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, a member of Faculty Opinions, and a volunteer physician working to improve palliative care in the post-Soviet states. In his clinical practice, Marcin takes care of patients with advanced cancer focusing on control of their symptoms and assisting patients and their caregivers with decision-making that aligns with their preferences and wishes. His professional career has been rooted in the desire to understand and explore how a serious illness shapes our lives, relationships, and sense of ourselves. He is fascinated by how recent discoveries from diverse fields of social sciences, evolutionary medicine, and neuroscience shape our understanding of the human condition. He is passionate about ways to translate them into medical care that is deeply human, connected, supported by technology, and available to everyone. In his seminar, Marcin will talk about his meandering professional journey from a medical student in Krakow, Poland, to a palliative care physician in the US. LinkedIn

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Joshua Meyer, MD - Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology - Read more here
What do I want to be when I grow up? Still figuring it out
Josh Meyer, MD is a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. He is known nationally and internationally for work on colorectal and anal as well as esophageal cancers. During his presentation, Josh will try to give a sense of the types of experiences and decisions that have allowed him to do what he does every day at Fox Chase as a radiation oncologist who treats patients, a translational researcher who studies the genetics of colorectal cancer, and an educator of junior clinicians and medical students. He will describe his educational, training, and personal journey that’s led him to be a leader in cancer care. LinkedIn

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 4 pm
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Anna Liza Rodriguez, MSN, MHA, RN, OCN®, NEA-BC,  Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Nursing and Patient Services - Read more here
An Unlikely Journey to the Top
Anna Liza Rodriguez, MSN, MHA, RN, OCN(R), NEA-BC is the chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Fox Chase Cancer Center. In her presentation, Anna will share her lived experience in her journey as an immigrant nurse from the Philippines rising through the leadership ranks to land the top nurse executive role at an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. LinkedIn

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Rosanna Veggeberg, MS, Director, Investigator Sponsored Research Unit - Read more here
Knowing Your Options and Finding Your Path
Rosanna (Rosie) Veggeberg, MS is the Director of the Investigator Sponsored Research Unit at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Rosie grew up thinking that to follow her professional interests she had to decide between two pathways: a medical degree, if she wanted to work with patients, or a PhD, if she wanted to pursue research. She found out, however, that there were way more options. During her presentation, Rosie will discuss her experiences and how she pivoted from a Neuroscience Ph.D. pathway to the pathway she’s on today. LinkedIn


Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 4 pm
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Abiona (Abby) Berkeley, MD, JD, Interim Senior Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Professor, Clinical Anesthesiology - Read more here
Topic: The Path from Law to Medicine
Abiona (Abby) V. Berkeley, MD, JD is a Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at Temple University Hospital, and the Interim Senior Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. In 1998, Abby says she hit the lottery.  During her presentation, Abby will discuss her path to medicine and beyond. LinkedIn

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Dianne Langford, PhD, Associate Dean, Research, Professor, Neural Science and Centerfor Substance Abuse Research - Read more here
Topic: A Study of Patterns
Dianne Langford, PhD is the Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Neural Sciences at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. During her presentation, Dianne will discuss how journeys to our life goals so often differ dramatically from where we end up. Dianne will also highlight the unlikely and sometimes seemingly random circumstances that "guide" us in our careers and lives. LinkedIn

Friday, August 5, 2022 - 4 pm
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Alyssa Leystra, PhD, Education Coordinator, Academic Affairs, Teen Research Internship Program Co-Director - Read more here
Topic: Exploring cancer research: perspectives from a scientist and educator
Alyssa Leystra, PhD is a cancer biologist, educator, and administrator. She has been at Fox Chase Cancer Center for 6 years, where she currently serves as Education Coordinator in Academic Affairs. Throughout her career, she has applied her passion for learning, asking questions, and solving problems to explore unusual avenues of cancer biology and to mentor others in critical research-related skills. During her presentation, Alyssa will discuss how her experiences in multiple research lab environments led her to her current role in education administration. LinkedIn

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Camille Ragin, PhD, MPH, Professor, Cancer Prevention and Control, Associate Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Read more here
Topic: How did I get from there to here?
Camille Ragin, PhD, MPH is Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Professor in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center – Temple Health System. Her research focuses on cancer epidemiology and prevention primarily in Black populations. During her presentation, Camille will discuss her career journey to Fox Chase. LinkedIn