Judith G. Abramson
MD, MSCI; Former Medical Director, Cancer Survivorship at Feinberg School of Medicine
Judith G. Abramson MD, MSCI is a board-certified internist with longstanding interest and experience in cancer survivorship and cancer risk reduction. She herself is a breast cancer survivor and passionate advocate for personalized, comprehensive survivorship care. Dr Abramson was the former Medical Director of Cancer Survivorship at Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern while a faculty member in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Abramson received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine and completed her medical residency at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. She has held faculty positions at the George Washington University Medical School and Emory University School of Medicine. Her 30 years of clinical experience as an internist include two years as a medical consultant for patients at increased risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer who were being evaluated for genetic testing in the Center for Medical Genetics at Evanston Hospital. In this capacity, she created a comprehensive clinical breast health program for women at high-risk for developing breast cancer.
To pursue her commitment to improving care and long-term outcomes for cancer survivors, she completed a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention and earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) degree in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In collaboration with Judy Guitelman, Dr Abramson developed and implemented a community-engaged study, “Breast Cancer Disparities in the Hispanic/Latina Community in Chicago.” Working with community partners, a series of focus groups were conducted to assess the needs and concerns of Latina breast cancer survivors. This Seed Grant was funded by The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC), a component of the Community-Engaged Research Center (CERC) at Northwestern University’s Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute. Dr Abramson is excited to work with ALAS-Wings and to support improved breast cancer survivorship and prevention services for Latinas.
M.D., F.A.C.S. Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Dr. Rosalinda Alvarado is a General Surgery Specialist in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated with honors from Stanford University School Of Medicine in 2005. Having more than 12 years of diverse experiences, especially in GENERAL SURGERY, Dr. Rosalinda Alvarado affiliates with Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in many medical groups including Advocate Health And Hospitals Corporation, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.
Dan J Epstein
Managing Partner; Edgeline Capital Partners
President; Si! Communications
A media guru, a doer, a natural born optimist, Alejandra Moran is a communications expert who over more than two decades has developed successful marketing campaigns, media relationships, community relationships, and continues to resolve corporate crises. Alejandra also serves as a media relations consultant for elected officials and political candidates on the local and state levels. Her innovative approach has helped local, national and international clients conquer significant consumers in their desired markets; no client is too small or too big for Alejandra. Alejandra loves a good challenge, and her creative mind will provide that unique viewpoint when everyone in the room has run out of ideas.
A prestigious Rotary International Scholarship brought Alejandra to Drake University from her native Argentina to study Journalism at the Post Graduate level in 1990. Her career began shortly after as a reporter in the Hispanic market. Alejandra worked as the Entertainment and Tourism Editor for La Raza Newspaper, the leading Hispanic publication in the Midwest. Her ability to build a vibrant, diverse and broad social network in Chicago took her to the radio industry, joining WIND 560 AM/WOJO 105.1 FM, owned by Tichenor Media Systems, where she served as an advertising and sales executive. There she was able to practice her real love, journalism, and as a result, left the radio industry to open her business in 1996. Alejandra created Si! Communications Chicago and has been at the top of her game ever since, increasing brand awareness and market penetration.
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health Faculty Affiliate, Center for Research on Women & Gender Academic Partner, Cancer Center’s Office of Community Engagement, Research and Implementation Science University of Illinois at Chicago
Yamilé Molina is an assistant professor with affiliations to the School of Public Health, Center for Research on Women and Gender, and Cancer Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Since beginning these positions in 2015, Molina has led multiple studies characterizing and intervening upon the disproportionate burden of cancer that Latinx, African Americans, and rural populations face. This work has culminated in more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, garnering over$500K in peer-reviewed funding, and training opportunities for over 20 high school, undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, medical, and graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds. Molina’s efforts have resulted in competitive membership in national networks such as the Pardee RAND’s Faculty Leaders Program, Professorial Advisory Council for HHS Office of Minority Health’s Office of Minority Health’s Resource Center, and National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. Molina earned BA and MS degrees in biopsychology and cognitive studies from Tulane University, a PhD in biopsychology from the University of Washington, and a MPH in epidemiology from UIC.