Susan G. Komen San Diego Presents Prominent Cancer Experts at Annual Symposium

Susan G. Komen San Diego Presents Prominent Cancer Experts at Annual Symposium
March, 2016 Client News
SAN DIEGO – March 8, 2016 – What if everything your doctor has told you about breast cancer is wrong? Susan G. Komen San Diego (Komen San Diego) explores this provocative question among others at its 2nd annual dinner symposium, “Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make: A Conversation on Research, Treatment and Lifestyle,” on March 23, 2016 at the Del Mar Marriott Hotel from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The engaging and enlightening evening will feature leading experts on the cutting-edge of research and therapies including Dr. Susan Love, a pioneer in breast cancer advocacy and Dr. Sheila Patel, M.D. medical director of the Deepak Chopra Center, giving provocative talks on the latest breast cancer research, personalized medicine, genetic make-up, mammograms and lifestyle choices.
“This dinner will connect guests to leading cancer experts so they can learn more about the latest developments related to breast cancer research and treatments as well as the role of mindfulness during a difficult time,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, president and CEO, Komen San Diego. “We are excited about our impressive lineup of experts in what is sure to be a thought-provoking evening. Komen San Diego is committed to providing educational services and programs for those who are affected by breast cancer and we invite all members of the community to attend this important event.”

Medical science is making extraordinary breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, giving individuals more hope than ever and a better chance at survival. The symposium will feature the following four speakers:

  • Dr. Susan Love, Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
    Dr. Love’s talk titled, “Impatient Science,” aims to fill the void between the basics and the science by translating complex concepts into digestible information related to frequently asked questions about the biology of breast cancers, the body’s defense systems, the pros and cons of treatment options, and promising new directions in research. An informed patient is an empowered patient who feels confident in being an active participant in her/his treatment plan and palliative care, and advocating for her/his preferences.Dr. Love has dedicated her professional life to the eradication of breast cancer. What began as a career in the 1970’s quickly turned into a mission and as chief visionary officer of Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (DSLRF). Dr. Love started the first all-women breast center in Boston, then went on to develop a model for multidisciplinary breast care at the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center. Known as a trusted guide to women worldwide through her books and the Foundation website, Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book was termed “the bible for women with breast cancer” by “The New York Times.”  Dr. Love is a clinical professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and lectures nationally and internationally on breast cancer, menopause, and women’s health. She has been awarded six honorary doctorate degrees, as well as numerous honors and citations. She also has a business degree from the Executive MBA Program at UCLA’s Anderson School.
  • Dr. Sheila Patel, M.D., Medical Director, Chopra Center for Wellbeing and Mind Body Medical Group
    Dr. Patel, M.D. will have a talk titled, “The Science of Mindfulness.” The talk will include Dr. Chopra’s work on the “Super Brain,” using your mind and mindfulness to maximize health, happiness and spiritual well-being. Studies have shown that 15 minutes of breathing or quiet time can reduce an individual’s chance of chronic illness by nearly forty-three percent. Dr. Patel will provide guests with insight on the correlation between mindfulness and an individual’s health as well as the breakthroughs in neuroscience, not known to the general public, proving that self-awareness (mindfulness) and intention can help a person literally train their brain to increase health and resilience.Dr. Patel, M.D. is a board-certified family physician who is passionate about bringing holistic healing practices into the Western medical system. Before coming to the Chopra Center, she practiced full-spectrum family medicine, from prenatal care and deliveries to ER coverage and primary care for all ages. As the Chopra Center’s medical director, she offers integrative medical consultations that combine the best in conventional medicine with the wisdom of Ayurveda. Her special interests include preventive medicine and mind-body medicine, with an emphasis on Ayurveda.
  • Dr. Steven Eisenberg, Medical Oncologist; Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer at Workup, Inc.
    Dr. Eisenberg will give guests an opportunity to take the reigns of their breast cancer journey by with his discussion of, “Decisions and Further Tests.” In his talk Dr. Eisenberg will delve into the question of “Why aren’t San Diego doctors insisting that every newly diagnosed breast cancer patient have a simple test to determine whether chemo is effective for them or not?” Dr. Eisenberg will also review the many tools available to help women with invasive breast cancer understand and assess their treatment options that many are unaware of.
    o Adjuvant!
    o Cancer Profiler
    o Oncotype DX Test
    o MammaPrint Prognostic Test
    Dr. Eisenberg is a medical oncologist in San Diego, Calif. and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Palomar Medical Center and Pomerado Hospital. He received his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice for 19 years. Dr. Eisenberg has published articles on colon cancer, and continues to lecture on a wide array of cancer-related topics. His special interests include breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and integrative oncology.?
  • Miguel Perez – Vice President, Affiliate Network at Susan G. Komen®
    Miguel Perez, Vice President, Affiliate network at Susan G. Komen®, will be moderating the event. Perez is responsible for Komen’s global network of Affiliates. In this role, Perez oversees all aspects of Affiliate Network leadership and support, including Affiliate operations, revenue generation and communications. He also serves as the primary liaison with the Affiliate Leadership Council, and represents the Network within Komen’s Senior Leadership Team. Miguel will be the moderator for this year’s dinner symposium.

Guests will also enjoy a farm-to-table menu and the opportunity to tour San Diego’s first Mobile Mammography Coach. Proceeds from the event will benefit Komen San Diego, the County’s largest provider of free breast cancer services and support.


Event: “Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make: A Conversation on Research, Treatment and Lifestyle”
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: San Diego Marriott Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, Calif. 92130
Tickets: General – $100 per person; general table – $1,000 for 10 guests; Premium ticket – $150 per person; table sponsor – $1,500 for 10 guests
Presenting sponsor is Tri-City Medical Center; dinner sponsor is Ovation; reception sponsor is Mammagard and program sponsor is Genomic Health.

For additional information about Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make click here. Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Flora Hoang at

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Since its inception in 1995, Komen San Diego has raised more than $13 million to fund local non-profits who provide everything from free diagnostic mammograms and surgeries to meal delivery, child care and temporary financial aid. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised in San Diego stays right here in San Diego County to fund free diagnostic mammograms, treatment and services for uninsured and underinsured women and their families. The remaining 25 percent funds international breast cancer research. In fact, next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen® is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. For more information, please visit Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.