Session Abstract – PMWC 2020 Silicon Valley

Molecular profiling of oncology patients is being adopted across leading medical organizations. This session consists of a panel with leaders representing diverse medical organizations discussing their approaches and strategies of implementing molecular profiling in order to meet their internal patient and organizational goals.

 Session Chair Profile

M.D., Senior Investigator, CTEP, National Cancer Institute

Dr. Sharon’s current portfolio includes immunotoxins, antibody-drug conjugates, immune-based monoclonal antibodies and other targeted agents. Dr. Sharon received his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 2003. He completed his internal medicine residency at Emory University in 2006 and continued to work at Emory as a hospitalist and Clinical Instructor prior to his fellowship. Dr. Sharon completed his Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the NIH in 2011, and during his fellowship, he obtained a Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2009. His research at the NCI focused on mesothelioma and clinical investigations of targeted therapies, including immunotoxins. Other projects included clinical and translational projects aimed at decreasing immunogenenic responses in the host immune system. Dr. Sharon also has a particular interest in clinical effectiveness and comparative health systems. He previously worked as a guest at the Brookings Institution, helping plan and manage panels for the Brookings Institution’s inaugural Conference on Clinical Cancer Research, whose aim was to find consensus among stakeholders to find solutions to critical questions regarding the future of clinical cancer research. He has served as a reviewer for journals, such as Mabs, Value in Health, and Clinical Cancer Research.

 Speaker Profile

M.D., Director, Clinical Services and Education, Sanford Health

Cassie Hajek is a Sioux Falls, SD native. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master’s degree in industrial engineering and went on to work for the Boston Consulting Group for two years before deciding to go to medical school. After graduating from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and completing Internal Medicine residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx NY, she practiced outpatient internal medicine at Sanford Adult Medicine in Sioux Falls. In 2014, she took a leave from her practice to pursue a medical genetics fellowship at the UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics Program. Her training was focused on Adult Genetics and the genetics of common complex disease and genetic risk. She completed her training in June 2016, and now serves as the Clinical Director of Sanford Imagenetics. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 19-month-old son, Jack, doing just about anything.