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Lymphedema- What You Need to Know
Lymphedema – What You Need to Know will be available for virtual viewing via livestream, and recorded for post-viewing. Topics will focus on lymphedema, how it affects people, treatments and what you need to know in today’s changing medical landscape.
5:30 pm- 5:45 pm – Virtual Networking & Exhibit Booths
5:45 – Program presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Speakers will be available via live chat during presentation to answer questions in real time
Meet Our Speakers
Director of Oncology Rehabilitation and Integrative Services, CTCA Philadelphia
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
- Nutritional Support Education
- Advanced degrees:
- Bachelor of Science, Nutritional Sciences – The State University of New York College at Oneonta
- Master of Science, Human Nutrition – The State University of New York College at Oneonta
- Registered Dietitian – Commission on Dietetic Registration
- Certified Nutrition Support Clinician – American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
- Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition – Commission on Dietetic Registration
As Director of Oncology Rehabilitation and Integrative Services, Gina Smith directly and indirectly supports adult oncology patients. Smith joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2009. She began her career at the hospital as a physical therapist and has evolved her role through the years.
At CTCA®, Smith helps enhance patients’ quality of life from diagnosis through survivorship. She worked closely with doctors, nurses and other clinicians to develop the Philadelphia Lymphedema Clinic at CTCA Philadelphia. Lymphedema is a common side effect of cancer, especially for breast cancer patients, and the condition often needs to be managed or monitored throughout life. Smith has also developed other programs to help patients with symptom management focused on bone health, sexual wellness, pelvic floor and vestibular rehabilitation.
“We strive to make cancer patients and their families feel supported the moment they walk through the doors at CTCA,” says Smith. “Each patient has a multidisciplinary care team, focused on exploring comprehensive treatment options and helping them manage side effects. My goal is to help my patients maintain their quality of life during cancer treatment and improve their quality of life in survivorship.”
Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a certification in lymphedema management through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. Prior to coming to CTCA, Smith gained clinical experience in a variety of health care settings.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Smith loves to hike the miles of trails in the Wissahickon with her partner and two dogs and enjoys stand-up paddle boarding on the Schuylkill River.
Supportive Care Physician, CTCA Philadelphia
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
- Palliative Medicine Education
- Medical school: St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
- Residency: Internal Medicine – Cooper University Hospital, Department of Medicine-Division of Hospital Medicine, Camden, NJ
- Fellowship: Hospice & Palliative Care – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY Hospice – Duke University Medical School, Durham, NC
- Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine
Dr. Imran Shariff believes empowering patients to make educated decisions about their treatment is a critical part of his role as a Supportive Care Physician. “I help my patients by giving them the knowledge to make treatment decisions that meet their overall quality of life goals,” he says.
In December 2016, Dr. Shariff became a member of our team of cancer experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Philadelphia. He combines his extensive training with a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic tools to provide personalized integrative care for patients with a wide range of cancer types. Dr. Shariff is dedicated to providing patient-centered care to help patients with symptom management and advanced care planning.
Dr. Shariff studied medicine at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. His postgraduate training included a residency in internal medicine at the Cooper University Hospital, Department of Medicine-Division of Hospital Medicine in Camden, New Jersey. At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, Dr. Shariff completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative care, and completed a “mini-fellowship” in palliative care at Duke University Medical School.
Prior to joining CTCA®, Dr. Imran Shariff was a hospitalist affiliated with multiple hospitals in the Eastern United States.
A member of American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Shariff is board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative care by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition to patient care, Dr. Shariff has written several publications and is interested in research.
Outside of CTCA, Dr. Shariff enjoys the arts, comedy and travel to destinations around the world.
Manager, Clinical Oncology Nutrition
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
- Oncology Rehabilitation Education
- Advanced degrees: Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy – Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Certifications
- Licensed Physical Therapist
- Certification in Lymphedema Management – Academy of Lymphatic Studies
JoAnna Hazard is the Manager of Clinical Oncology Dietetics at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Philadelphia. Hazard strives to empower each patient with education to help them to choose nutrient-dense foods and beverages that may strengthen their bodies and help them complete their treatment without interruptions.
“My goal is to help patients maintain or increase their strength and energy through proper nutrition,” she says. “By focusing on the whole-person needs of each patient, I can provide personalized nutritional plans,” she says. “I am continually involved in my patients’ care and informed of each step of their treatment. This allows me to stay on top of treatment side effects that may impact their nutritional status.”
Hazard joined CTCA® in 2012 as a dietitian and was promoted to manager in 2018. Through continuing education and training, Hazard translates current nutrition research into new innovative offerings provided by the team of oncology dietitians.
Hazard completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from The State University of New York College at Oneonta in Oneonta, New York. She then completed a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the same school. Prior to joining to CTCA, Hazard was a leader among clients, peers and other healthcare professionals providing nutritional support in a variety of settings for more than 10 years.
Hazard is married and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Her favorite activity is to take road trips through foreign countries with her husband to discover new places and try new foods.