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Dr. Bryan Bognar takes active role in planning inaugural national meeting on cancer survivorship

Bryan A. Bognar, MD, MPH, FACP, vice dean for Educational Affairs for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, took an active role in planning and presenting at the inaugural Cancer Survivorship Symposium, held in January in San Francisco.

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With colleagues from the inagural Cancer Survivorship Symposium, from left, are Mary Ann Morgan, PhD, FNP-BC, Bryan Bognar, MD, MPH, FACP, Smitha Pabbathi, MD, FACP, Ione Townsend, ARNP, and Jill Van Schaik, ARNP.

The symposium brought together experts from medical oncology and primary care in hopes of providing better coordinated care for survivors, including monitoring late and long-term effects and comorbidities, providing surveillance for recurrence and secondary malignancies, addressing psychosocial aspects of survivorship, improving communication and care coordination, and understanding current research in survivorship care.

Dr. Bognar, professor of internal medicine and previous chief of internal medicine at Moffitt Cancer Center, was on the program planning committee for the symposium, was the co-chair for the session addressing education and training, and presented a lecture titled “Primary Care Physician: Avoiding the “Black Hole” as part of a session called “Multidisciplinary Approach to Survivorship Starts at Diagnosis—Breast Cancer as a Paradigm.”

The two-day symposium attracted a range of health care providers, drawing from internal medicine, family physician, nurse practitioner and oncology specialties.