Intimacy in the  Head and Neck Cancer Population

Head & Neck Cancer Alliance, in collaboration with the American Head & Neck Society, is hosting a free webinar, Intimacy in the Head and Neck Cancer Population, on January 26, 2021 from 4-5 PM EST. The webinar was moderated by Heather M. Starmer MA CCC-SLP, BCS-S and features Nicole Barr RN, NP, LMFT as the medical speaker, Mr. Jonathan Kaplan as the survivor speaker, and Dr. Carole Fakhry, HNCA Board of Directors and AHNS Survivorship Service Committee.

Presented  by:

Head and Neck Cancer Alliance
American Head and Neck Society
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Medical Moderator: Heather M. Starmer, MA CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Image of Heather M. Starmer, MA CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Director, Head and Neck Cancer Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation
Stanford Cancer Center

Heather Starmer is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University, and the Director of the Head and Neck Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation Center at the Stanford Cancer Center. Professor Starmer completed her Bachelor’s Degree at California State University Long Beach and her Master’s Degree at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the Stanford faculty in 2014 to develop the Head and Neck Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation Center.

Professor Starmer specializes in the evaluation and rehabilitation of communication and swallowing disorders associated with head and neck cancer. She has worked with patients following total laryngectomy for over 20 years. Her research interests include use of technology to optimize patient outcomes, developing strategies to enhance therapeutic rehabilitation, and the relationship between head and neck lymphedema and functional impairments of communication and swallowing.

Medical Presenter: Nicole Barr RN, NP, LMFT
Survivor Presenter: Jonathan Kaplan
HNCA Board of Directors and AHNS Survivorship Service Committee: Carole Fakhry, M.D., M.P.H.

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