South & East Mediterranean College of Oncology



First SEMCO-ASCO Conference
MCMC
National Training Centre, Cairo, Egypt
5-6 April 2007

Second SEMCO-ASCO Conference
Advanced Course
Ain Shams Training Centre, Cairo, Egypt
26-28 March 2008

Third SEMCO-ASCO Conference
MCMC
Sesme, Izmir, Turkey
20-22 November 2008

Fourth SEMCO-ASCO Conference
EPEC-O
Hilton Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
15-17 April 2009

Fifth SEMCO-ASCO Conference
MCMC
Abu Dhabi, UAE
25-26 February 2010

Sixth SEMCO-ASCO Conference
ICTW
Ramses Hilton Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
27-28 January 2011

Seventh SEMCO-ASCO Conference
Cancer Care in the Older Population
Radisson Blu Hotel
18-19 October 2012


SEMCO- ESMO-ACOD Conference
Palestine Hotel, Alexandria, Egypt
5-7 December 2007

Second Anual African Breast Cancer Conference
Hilton Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
17-19 March 2009
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International Committees

Frank D. Ferris, MD

Frank D. Ferris, MD is the Director, International Program at The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, a teaching affiliate of the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.  Dr. Ferris is a Consultant to the International Palliative Care Initiatives, Network Public Health Program, Open Society Institute, New York, NY; a  member of the Board of the International Association for Hospice &  Palliative Care; Co-principal of the Education on Palliative and End-of-life Care (EPEC) Project based at Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL; Consultant to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Toronto, Canada, a teaching affiliate of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; author / editor of A Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care: based on National Principles and Norms of Practice, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) for which he was awarded a Golden Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Governor General of Canada, May 2003, and a National Leadership Award by CHPCA in September 2005; and co-author of I Can't Stop Crying: It's So Hard When Someone You Love Dies with John Martin, published by Key Porter Books. He is particularly interested in strategies for integrating palliative care into existing healthcare systems worldwide. He has published and spoken widely on multiple palliative care subjects, and effective approaches to education and program implementation.  After graduating from McMaster Medical School, Hamilton, Ontario in 1981, he pursued postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. He completed a Fellowship in Pain and Symptom Management at the Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre in 1991. He became Board-certified with the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 1998 and a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (FAAHPM) in 2009. He was a Faculty Scholar with the Project on Death in America from1998-2000. He continues with appointments as Clinical Professor, Voluntary, in the Department of Family & Preventative Medicine, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA; and Assistant Professor, Adjunct, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Member, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Jamie H. von Roenn, MD

Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, DivisionofHematology/Oncology,Chicago,Illinois,USA  Jamie H. Von Roenn, MD, is Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology. She is also a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA.  As of July 2002, Dr. Von Roenn also resumed the role as the Medical Director of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Palliative Care and Home Hospice Program. She served as the Program's first Medical Director in  the mid-1980s, when she helped establish its inpatient unit  Dr. Von Roenn received her B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1975 and her MD from Rush Medical College in Chicago. She completed her training in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the same institution. She began her tenure at Northwestern in 1985. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her research interests focus on (1) palliative care and the evaluation of treatment's impact on disease-related symptoms and (2) clinical investigations in AIDS-related malignancies focusing on pathogenesis-based therapies. She has been the recipient of long-term NIH funding in these areas. She is a member of several professional organizations as well as many committees in areas of AIDS and palliative care. She has published in the areas of AIDS, breast cancer, and palliative care, authoring numerous textbook chapters, journal articles, and abstracts in these areas. She is a co-editor of the Principles and Practice of Palliative Care and Supportive Oncology, 3rd Edition, published in 2007.  Dr. Von Roenn completed in May 2008 a term as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) . She currently serves as Editor of the ASCO Compendium Project, Editor of the ASCO Curriculum Series, Chair of the ASCO Task Force on Pain and Symptom Management, Editor of both the ASCO Breast Cancer Quality of Care Online Module and the Lung Cancer Quality of Care Online Module, Chair-Elect of the Education Products Subcommittee, and is a member of the ASCO Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course Working Group, for which she is Editor of the Facilitator Training Curriculum. She is a Past Chair of the ASCO Career Development Committee and the ASCO Education Committee and was a member of the ASCO Publication Committee.  She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Supportive Oncology. She also served as the Chairman of the National Cancer Institute AIDS Malignancy Consortium. 

Charles von Gunten, MD,
Provost, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, San Diego, California, USA  Dr. Charles F. von Gunten is the Provost, Vice President at The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, a teaching and research affiliate of the University of California, San Diego, University of San Diego and San Diego State University. He is an established investigator of the National Cancer Institute.  Dr. von Gunten is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Palliative Medicine. He directs the largest fellowship program in palliative medicine in the US. He is a founding trustee and past Chairman of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is the immediate past President of the American Association for Cancer  Education.HewasCo-Principal for the Education for Physicians on End-of-life Care (EPEC) Project and its revision for oncology, EPEC-O. He is an expert for the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) on developing hospital-based palliative care programs. He has been particularly interested in the integration of hospice and palliative care into academic medicine. He has published and spoken widely on the subjects of hospice, palliative medicine, and pain and symptom control.  Dr. von Gunten received the Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1978. He then earned a PhD in Biochemistry and the MD degree with honors from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1988. He subsequently pursued residency training in Internal Medicine, followed by subspecialty training in Hematology/Oncology at the McGraw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University Medical School until 1999 where he directed programs in hospice and palliative care, education, and research. He currently holds the academic rank of Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Diego where he is a member of the NIH-designated Moores Comprehensive Cancer Center and directs the palliative medicine consultation service Provost, Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, San Diego, California 

Jeffery Wong, MD
Palliative Medicine Fellow, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, San Diego, California, USA  Dr. Wong comes earned his medical degree from UC Davis School of Medicine in 2005 and he most recently completed a Pediatric Residency at University of Hawaii at Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women in Honolulu in 2008. His interest in hospice and palliative care derives from his experiences that significant medical and human value exists in the time spent simply listening to, caring for, and counseling patients and families - and that palliative care emphasizes this philosophy. Outside of medicine, Dr. Wong earned an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America. He enjoys cooking, food science, and playing the ukulele. 

Jamal Khader, MD
King Hussein Cancer Centre, Amman, Jordan

Mohammad Bushnaq, MD
King Hussein Cancer Centre, Amman, Jordan

Hassan Abbas, MD
King Hussein Cancer Centre, Amman, Jordan

Mahmoud O. El-Foudeh, MD

Omar Shamieh, MD
Consultant Palliative Care & Supportive Oncology, King Abdulaziz Medical City, KAMC, Riyadh, SaudiArabia  Omar Shamieh, MD is a Consultant Palliative Care & Supportive Oncology, Department of Oncology, King Abdulaziz medical City Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an Assistant Professor of Oncology, College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for health Sciences. He is also:  Facilitator of Palliative Care Education & Founder of Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Dr. Shamieh completed residency training in Internal Medicine at John H.  Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, USA and became American Board Certified in Internal Medicine (ABIM) in 2004. He also completed a Fellowship in Geriatrics at Loyola University, Maywood, Illinois, USA and became American Board Certified in Geriatrics in 2005.  Dr. Shamieh has been practicing as a Consultant in Palliative Care for the past 3 years and recently obtained the first recognized American Board Certification in Hospice & Palliative Medicine, HPM in 2008. He is honored to be considered one of few, if not the first Physician practicing in the Middle East region to obtain such a precious certification.  Dr. Shamieh is actively involved in research in the area Palliative Care , Supportive Oncology and Symptom Management and serve as a PI and Co-PI in many National and International clinical trials. He has also obtained the Jordanian Board in Internal Medicine in 2006 and currently holding an active License to practice in the country of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, in addition to the USA in the State of Illinois.

Joe Harford, MD
Director, Office of International Affairs, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA  Dr. Joe Harford serves as Director of the Office of International Affairs (OIA) of the National Cancer Institute with responsibility for a number of interactions involving the NCI and non-U.S.cancerresearchinstitutions. Dr. Harford chairs the Implementation Group of the Ireland-Northern Ireland-NCI Cancer Consortium and is the NCI liaison to the Middle East Cancer Consortium, the US-JapanCooperativeCancerResearch Program, the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer, and the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research. Dr. Harford has also represented the United States on the Governing  Council of the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer.  Dr. Harford has a B.S. in chemistry and a Ph. D in biochemistry. His research career focused on receptor-mediatedprocessesandpost-transcriptional regulation of genes involved in cellular iron metabolism. He has published over 100 scientific papers and served as the Series Editor for ModernCellBiology. He edited the volume mRNA Metabolism and Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation for this series. Dr. Harford is a founding editor for CurrentProtocolsinCell Biology andfor Short Protocols in Cell Biology. 

Mary V. Callaway. M.E.
the Director of the International Palliative Care Initiative (IPCI) of the Public Health Program at the Open Society Institute. The goal of the initiative is to enhance palliative care development internationally with a specific focus on Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Southern Africa, and East Africa.  From 1994 to 2003 she served as the Associate Director for the Project on Death in America of the Open Society Institute, a 45 million dollar initiative to improve end of life care in the United States. Prior to joining OSI, she was the Administrator for the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City for 16 years. In that position she served the Executive Director for the World Health Organization's (WHO) Collaborating Center for Cancer Pain Research and Education. She also developed educational programs for health care professionals and managed over 4 million dollars a year in research grants and philanthropic support. She organized and managed the working group for the development and dissemination of the WHO 1996 monograph "Cancer Pain Relief and Palliative Care in Children" .  She is a founding member of the United States Cancer Pain Relief Committee. She is a member of the Steering Group for the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and serves on both the advocacy and policy working groups. She is on the Steering Group of the International Children's Palliative Care Network and a member of the African Palliative Care Association pain management working group which has planned and implemented three regional drug advocacy workshops to increase opioid availability.  She serves on the grants committee of the Virginia Gildersleeve Foundation and has served as a technical advisor to national and international foundations interested in advancing palliative care.  With Dr. Frank Ferris, she recently edited the JPSM volume on International Palliative Care. 

 

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SEMCO-ASCO Advanced EPEC-O Course and Conference on Integrated Oncology Palliative Care
15 - 17 April 2009, Cairo, Egypt