Seminar - Addressing Cancer Health Disparities Through Research Training and Education
Date: January 27, 2012
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Room: 120
J. Robert Beck, MD
Senior Vice President, Chief Academic Officer,
Chief Medical Officer
H.O. West & J.R. Wike Chair in Cancer Research
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Camille Ragin, PhD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
Cancer Prevention and Control Program
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Dr. Beck’s research interests are in technology assessment, cost-effectiveness of cancer therapies, training professionals to address cancer health disparities, and the organization of biomedical informatics services and academic medical resources.
Dr. Ragin’s work encompasses cancer epidemiology research (a population-based approach to study cancer). Her work has extended far beyond the local community but to the Caribbean islands as well. Dr. Ragin is committed to improving cancer prevention strategies in minority populations.
Dr. J. Robert Beck is Senior Vice President, Chief Academic Officer and Chief Medical Officer at Fox Chase Cancer Center. He also is the inaugural holder of the H.O. West & J.R. Wike Chair in Cancer Research at Fox Chase. In these roles Bob has responsibility for academic programs, corporate alliances, information technology, quantitative sciences, physician operations, clinical quality and safety, as well as strategic planning and process improvement. From 2001 to 2007 Dr. Beck was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Fox Chase, having also served as deputy director of the Population Science Division. Bob’s undergraduate education was completed at Dartmouth College. After medical school at Johns Hopkins University and a pathology residency, he took a fellowship in Clinical Decision Making at the Tufts-New England Medical Center. He has held positions in blood banking, clinical pathology, biomedical informatics and information technology at Dartmouth Medical School, Oregon Health Sciences University, and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Beck’s research interests are in technology assessment, cost-effectiveness of cancer therapies, training professionals to address cancer health disparities, and the organization of biomedical informatics services and academic medical resources. He has held grants from various institutes within the National Institutes of Health, as well as from other federal agencies, corporations and foundations. Bob is the author of 200 articles in the literatures of pathology, decision science and medical informatics, and he currently chairs the Healthcare Technology and Dissemination Sciences Review Panel for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Dr. Camille Ragin is Associate Professor in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center. She a Caribbean native of Jamaica and graduated from Hunter College with a B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences. Subsequently, she completed the Medical Technology program at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital School of Medical Technology in Harrisonburgh Virginia and was certified by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. For ten years, she worked as a Medical Technologist in the areas of Microbiology, Chemistry, Hematology and Immunohematology. She earned a PhD in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in 2000 at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health. She later completed a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology. In 2006, Dr. Ragin was promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health and in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Science at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. She was selected as one of the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Clinical Research Scholars. This Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Scholars Program is a very prestigious and competitive career development award. Two years later she was offered an appointment of Associate Professor at the State University of New York. Dr. Ragin’s work encompasses cancer epidemiology research (a population-based approach to study cancer). Her work has extended far beyond the local community but to the Caribbean islands as well. In 2006, she established the African Caribbean Cancer Consortium, a research group designed to promote collaboration between cancer researchers that focused their research in populations of African ancestry. Dr. Ragin is committed to improving cancer prevention strategies in minority populations.
The Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building is located on the northeast corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets.