Williamstown Speaker Series to Focus on Cancer

19 Sept. 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Erica Cummings

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Join medical staff from the cancer program at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for a series of lectures on cancer hosted by Williamstown resident and medical oncologist, Dr. Orion Howard. The talks, which begin Sept. 28, will cover the latest in cancer screenings and treatments, including prostate and breast cancer as well as breakthroughs in cancer research. They will be held at 7 p.m. in Griffin Hall, on the Williams College campus.

Latest in Prostate Cancer Screening and Treatment

On Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., Dr. Anthony Donaldson will present Not Only For Men: a discussion of prostate screenings and cancer treatment options. Dr. Donaldson is a board-certified urologist who trained at Dartmouth Medical School and at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He is one of the few surgeons in the area trained to perform minimally invasive prostate surgery without robotic assistance.

Learn about SVHC's Team Approach to Breast Care

The series returns Oct. 12 at 7 p.m., with Drs. Charlene Ives, Elizabeth Warner, and Marthe Ann Gabey, who will discuss the team approach to treating breast cancer. This approach is part of the reason that the breast care program at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is the region’s only program fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

This team is led by three female physicians who understand women’s concerns when facing breast disease, Dr. Ives, Dr. Warner, and Dr. Gabey. Dr. Ives is a board-certified medical oncologist who trained at Boston University Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Ives works closely with her surgical colleagues: Drs. Warner and Gabey. Dr. Elizabeth Warner is a board-certified general surgeon who trained at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Warner focuses her practice on breast surgery, closely coordinating her work with reconstructive surgeon Dr. Marthe Ann Gabey. A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Gabey has more than a decade of experience providing reconstructive surgery for women with breast cancer.

Hear about Breakthroughs in Cancer Treatment and Research

The series ends Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. with Dr. Orion Howard who will provide a big-picture look at new trends and breakthroughs in cancer research and treatment. Dr. Howard is a Williams College graduate who attended medical school at Cornell University and trained at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He is a board-certified medical oncologist and the medical director and leader of the cancer research program at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center.

The talks will be held in Griffin Hall on the Williams College campus in Williamstown, Mass. The presentations are free; however, registration is requested. To register or for more information, call Erica Cummings at 447-5019.