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Medical Board of Advisors 2022-2024

Cristina P. Rodriguez, MD - (Seattle WA) – Dr. Rodriquez is a Physician at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Associate Professor, Division of Medical Oncology University of Washington School of Medicine, Associate Professor, Clinical Research Division Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center specializes in treating patients with head and neck cancer and salivary gland cancer. Dr. Rodriquez's expertise also includes treating thyroid and lung cancers. While there have been significant advances in the prevention, detection, and treatment of these diseases, there are certain ethnic and demographic groups who continue to experience poor outcomes. These groups tend to have limited access to care and may experience exposure to risk factors — such as tobacco, alcohol, and human papillomavirus (HPV) infections — that can contribute to cancer. Her hope is that disparities in cancer care will be alleviated in her life through public awareness and collaborative efforts between the scientific community and health policymakers.

Dr. Clieto Reyes-Gibby (Houston TX) – Dr. Reyes-Gibby is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Texas School of Public Health. Dr. Reyes-Gibby is a population-based scientist, and the focus of her research is on the application of classical and molecular epidemiology approaches to understanding the complex interaction among clinical, epidemiological, and biological/genetic factors on the occurrence and persistence of cancer-related symptoms and toxicities of cancer treatment. She is the 2016 recipient of the Provost Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award at MD Anderson.

Dr. Emilia Diego (Pittsburgh, PA) – Dr. Diego is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Section Chief, Breast Surgical Oncology Program Director, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Director, Pre-Menopausal Breast Cancer Program. Dr. Emilia Diego received her medical degree from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, Manila, Philippines. She completed a residency in general surgery at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Darby, Pa., and a surgical breast oncology fellowship at UPMC. Dr. Diego is board-certified in surgery and specializes in premenopausal breast cancer, breast conservation therapy, locally advanced breast cancer, and high-risk breast disease. Dr. Diego is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Breast Surgery, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Surgeons, and the Association of Women Surgeons.

Dr. Marlon Saria (Los Angeles, CA) – Dr. Saria is an advanced practice registered nurse serving in multiple roles ranging from direct clinical care to program development and management. His program of research is grounded on two overlapping themes- the effect of cancer- and cancer-related toxicities on patient outcomes and the impact of caregiver burden on caregiver well-being outcomes, patient health outcomes, and healthcare utilization outcomes. Dr. Saria serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a flight commander in the aerospace medical squadron. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

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