Survivorship Symposium 2023
Program Schedule

8–9 am 


9–9:10 am


HNCA Board President, Dr. Michael Moore, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Department of  Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery,  Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis

HNCA Board Member and Ambassador Jason Mendelsohn co-founder and President of Ashar Group, LLC., Survivor of Stage 4 HPV-attributed Oral Cancer, Maitland, FL

9:10–10 am 

Managing Head and Neck Cancer Radiation Side Effects

Tony EskanderMD, ScM, FRCSC, Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences; Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada

Medical Expert
Sue Yom, MD, PhD, MAS, FASTRO, Professor and Vice Chair, Strategic Advisory, Department of Radiation Oncology; Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California San Francisco

Survivor Panelist
Felton Harding, Survivor of Tonsil Cancer, Brownsburg, IN

10:05 –11 am 

Nutrition, Swallowing & Feeding Tube Challenges

Beverly Garber, NP, CORLN, Nurse Practitioner III, UC Davis Health, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Sacramento, CA

Medical Expert 
Beth Kirsch, RDN, CSO, LD, Clinical Dietitian – Senior, IU Health Clinical Nutrition Services; IU Health Simon Cancer Center/Radiation Oncology, Indianapolis

Heather Starmer, MA CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Clinical Associate Professor, Otolaryngology and Director of the Head and Neck Cancer Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation Center, Stanford University.

Survivor Panelist
Mike Wright, Survivor of Throat Cancer, Indianapolis

11:00–11:15 am


11:15 am -noon

Dental Care and Oral Complications of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

Joel B. Epstein
, DMD, MSD, FRCD(C), Certified Specialist Oral Medicine (BC), FDS RCS(Ed), Dipl American Board of Oral Medicine. Professor and Director, Cancer Dentistry, at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai Health System Los Angeles. Medical Director, Dental Oncology at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte CA

Medical Experts
Steven M. Roser, DMD, MD, FACS, FRCS(Ed), Delos Hill Chair and Professor of Surgery,Residency Program Director, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Chief, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta

Alessandro Villa, DDS, PhD, MPH, Chief of Oral Medicine, Oncology, and Dentistry at Miami Cancer Institute, Professor, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami

Survivor Panelist
Jessica Dagley, Survivor of Salivary Duct Cancer, Greenwood, IN

Noon–1 pm



1–2 pm

The Importance and Impact of Oncology Rehabilitation for Head and Neck Cancer Patients and Survivors

Cherie-Ann Nathan, M.D., F.A.C.S., Jack Pou Endowed Professor & Chair, Dept. of Otolaryngology/HNS, LSU Health-SHV, Director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, Shreveport, LA

Medical Expert 
Julia Porter, MSP, CCC-SLP, MPH, CLT,  Speech-Language Pathologist, Team Lead, Oncology Rehabilitation , IU Health North Hospital, IU Health Schwarz Cancer Center, Carmel, IN

Survivor Panelists
Mark Laughlin, Survivor of Oropharyngeal Cancer, Anderson, IN

Hannah Wu, Survivor of Nasopharyngeal Cancer, Indianapolis

2:05–3 pm

Managing Stress During Head and Neck Cancer Treatment and into Survivorship

Maie St. John, MD, PhDProfessor and Chair, Department of Head & Neck Surgery; Thomas C. Calcaterra, M.D., Chair in Head and Neck Surgery; Co-Director, UCLA Head and Neck Cancer Program, UCLA Health, Los Angeles 

Medical Expert
Susan McCammonMD, PhD, FACS, FAAHPM, John W. Poynor Professor of Otolaryngology, Director, Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Director, Pat and Jean Sullivan Comprehensive Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Clinic, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Survivor Panelist
Ellie Schilling-Morris (Mickey), Survivor of Laryngeal Cancer
Wilkinson, IN

3:00–3:15 pm 


3:15–4:15  pm

Becoming A Head and Neck Cancer Survivor Champion

HNCA Survivor Ambassadors

Kris Molnar, Executive Director, Rural Emergency Trauma Institute, Farm Owner, Survivor of Tonsil Cancer, Wheeling, WV 

Itzhak Brook, M.D. Msc. Physician and Professor of Pediatrics, Georgetown University School of Medicine and HNCA Board Member, Survivor of Throat Cancer, Washington, DC

Hank Deneski, Proud Husband, Father and Survivors of Stage IV Tongue Cancer - Union, OH

Jason Mendelsohn, Father, President of Ashar Group, LLC; Survivor of Stage 4 HPV-attributed Oral Cancer, Maitland, FL

Julia Porter, Speech-Language Pathologist, Indiana University Health and Survivor of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, Indianapolis

4:15–4:30 pm

Closing Remarks and Staying Connected

Dr. Michael Moore and Jason Mendelsohn