Mississippi/Louisiana Chapter


Gulf South Blood Cancer Conference


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LLS 2014 Gulf South Blood Cancer Conference September 27, 2014 Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans, LA

A FREE full-day conference for patients and caregivers.

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2014 Conference Agenda

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2014 Conference Faculty and Panelists Photos and Bios (shown alphabetically)

Tiffany Anton, LCSW, New Orleans Sex Therapy and Counseling, Covington, LA

Carolyn Bigelow, MD, University Medical Center, Jackson, MS

James Clarkson, MD, Singing River Cancer Center, Pascagoula, MS

Robert Emmons, MD, Ochsner Cancer Institute, New Orleans, LA

Benjamin Gatewood, MD, Singing River Cancer Center, Pascagoula, MS

Ghenet Ghebretatios, NP, FNP-BC, AOCNP, Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates, Baton Rouge, LA

Aurlisa Isom, LCSW, multiple myeloma survivor, New Orleans, LA

Anand Jillella, MD, FACP, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Janell Kalifey, LCSW, Clinical Therapist

Cheryl Klein, polycythemia vera survivor, New Orleans, LA

Joel Marcus, Psy D, Ochsner Cancer Institute, New Orleans, LA

Carrie Marquette, MD, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington, LA

Lesley Meng, MD, East Jefferson General Hospital, Metairie, LA

Reinhold Munker, MD, Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, Shreveport, LA

David Oubre, MD, Ponchartrain Hematology-Oncology, Hammond, LA

Eric Padron, MD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Vijay Patel, MD, The Cancer Center at West Jefferson Medical Center, Harvey, LA

Brian Persing, MD, Singing River Cancer Center, Pascagoula, MS

Pinki Prasad, MD, MPH, Children's Hospital, New Orleans, LA

Rhonda Ruffino, spouse of a CML survivor, Baton Rouge, LA

Nakhle Saba, MD, Tulane Cancer Center, New Orleans, LA

Sissy Sartor, MD, The Fertility Institute, New Orleans, LA

Les Gallo-Silver, LCSW, City University of New York, New York, NY

Debbie Vehnekamp, Parent of a teen leukemia survivor, Mandeville, LA

Maria Velez, MD, Children's Hospital, New Orleans, LA

Charles Wendling, Jr., MD, Ochsner Cancer Institute, New Orleans, LA

Amy Young, MD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA


GSBCC 2014 keynoteaddress

Exhibitor information



2014 Conference Exhibitor Fee $750. Non-profit organizations, fee waived. Deadline to register and for payment is August 31, 2014. Any exhibitor tables not paid in full by this date will be released. All exhibitors should register individually at  http://tinyurl.com/gsbccregistration. Exhibitor fees may be paid by check or credit card: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society MSLA Chapter 3636 S. I-10 Service Road, Suite 304 Metairie, LA  70001 or contact Felice Serrett at felice.serrett@lls.org or (888) 290-0945.

GSBCC 2014 sponsors and grant logos

To educate blood cancer patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the community about blood cancer diagnoses, treatment, survivorship, and support.



  • Identify strategies to make informed decisions about a treatment plan, managing the disease and treatment specific side effects, and survivorship care planning; and understand the importance of obtaining a treatment summary and follow up plan to coordinate ongoing care

  • Formulate management strategies for ongoing cancer survivorship issues, including fatigue, "chemo brain," financial and employment challenges and psychosocial needs of individuals and families

  • Explore the educational and supportive care resources available and how to access services, especially at comprehensive cancer centers and LLS

  • Identify services and programs available for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, especially at LLS, that educate, support, and advocate blood cancer cures

Professional Conference Track (Approved for 5.5 CE)


CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: Approval for nurses has been obtained by the National Office of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society under provider number CEP 5832 to award 5.5 continuing education contact hour(s) through the California Board of Registered Nursing. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), provider number 1105, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www. aswb.org Approved Continuing Education Program (ACE). Approval Period: 12/2011-12/2014. LLS maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 5.5 CE clinical clock hour(s). Upon completion of this program and submission of the activity evaluation, a certificate of completion will be issued to you following the program. Partial credit will not be offered.

last updated on Tuesday, September 02, 2014