3rd Annual Cancer Disparities Virtual Symposium: Challenges in Cancer Care for Gender and Sexual Minorities

September 18, 2021

The 3rd Annual Cancer Disparities Virtual Symposium will be a one-day virtual conference focused on addressing the challenges in current clinical practice for sexual and gender minorities. Topics will include tobacco control and prevention, epidemiology of anal cancer, cancer survivorship, and more as we address strategies to improve outcomes and disparities faced by the LGBTQ community. 

Target Audience

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Researchers and Allied Health Professionals. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Learners will be able to identify health inequities among cancer survivors from sexual and gender minorities, and list preventive cancer screening recommendations appropriate to their patient population. 
  2. Attendees will differentiate risk factors for more common types of cancer among sexual and gender minority populations.  
  3. Attendees will be able to provide resources better curated for SGM patients that can address unique needs such as physical/psychological impact of pausing hormone treatments, sexual disfunction post-treatment and confronting heteronormative bias (conscious and unconscious) in a health care environment.
Additional information
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 4.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/18/2021 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/18/2021 - 12:20pm CDT

8:00-8:05 a.m.        Introduction - Gustavo Leone, PhD

8:05-8:45 a.m.         LGBTQ+ Health: Understanding Health Needs, Improving Patient Experiences and Enhancing Health Professional Education – Andrew Petroll, MD

8:45-9:25 a.m.         Cancer and the LGBT Community: Same but Different - Ulrike Boehmer, PhD 

9:25-10:05 a.m.       Psychosocial Needs of LGBTQ Cancer Patients and Their Caregivers  - Charles Kamen, PhD

10:05-10:20 a.m.     Break/View virtual exhibits

10:20-11:00 a.m.     By Undoing Big Tobacco, We Have the Power to Upend Cancer – Bob Gordon, MPH

11:00-11:40 a.m.     Anal Cancer and Novel Screening Strategies – Alan Nyitray, PhD

11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.     Panel Discussion and Q & A - Moderated by Chandler Cortina, MD & Janet Retsek

Guest Speakers:

Ulrike Boehmer, PhD
Associate Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Boston University School of Public Health
Bob Gordon, MPH
Co-Chair, San Francisco Tobacco-Free Coalition
Project Director, LGBT Tobacco Education Partnership
Charles S. Kamen, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Cancer Control Unit
Department of Surgery
University of Rochester Medical Center
Alan G. Nyitray, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Center for AIDS Intervention Research
Medical College of Wisconsin
Andrew Petroll, MD, MS
Medical Director,  Froedtert & MCW Inclusion Health Clinic
Professor of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
Planning Committee
Sailaja Kamaraju, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Division of Hematology and Oncology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Alan Nyitray, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
Chandler Cortina, MD, MS, FSSO
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Hallgeir Rui, MD, PhD
Director, MCW Tissue Bank
WBCS Endowed Professor of Breast Cancer Research
Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Pathology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Malika Siker, MD
Associate Dean, Student Inclusion & Diversity
Department of Radiation Oncology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Melinda Stolley, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Associated Director for Cancer Prevention & Control
Medical College of Wisconsin
All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to dislose with the exception of:
Andrew Petroll, MD, MSGileadResearcher (Funding)

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ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 4.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Available Credit

  • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 4.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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Attendees will register here for the event. On September 13, those registered for this event will receive a link to our event portal (hosted by Pheedloop) via email. The event portal will allow our virtual attendees to attend presentations, view exhibits, participate in the panel discussion and pose questions to our presenters. Additionally, our program will be recorded and viewable for two weeks after the conclusion of the event (though CEUs will only be given to those attending the live event).