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Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality. Visit our Contact Us Page
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Medical Advisory Board

The Medical Advisory Board (MAB) includes clinicians who specialize in the care of people with stomach (gastric), esophageal and GE junction cancer. The MAB advises the organization on specific medical and clinical aspects of stomach (gastric), esophageal, and GE junction cancer as it relates to our programs.  The MAB also contributes to the content on the website.


Jaffer A. Ajani, MD - DDF Medical Advisory Board Chair
Professor of Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Dr. Ajani is a Professor of Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He received his doctor of medicine from Government Medical College, Nagpur, India. He is interested in upper gastrointestinal cancer research and focuses on combined ...
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Salah-Eddin Al-Batran, MD
Medical Ondologist and Director
Institute of Clinical Cancer Research and Krankenhaus Nordwest-University Cancer Ctr
Frankfurt, Germany

Salah-Eddin Al-Batran, MD, is Director of the Institute of Clinical Cancer Research and Director of GI Oncology at Krankenhaus Nordwest-University Cancer Center, Frankfurt.  His main fields of interest are esophageal and stomach cancer and health related quality of life....
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Adam Bass, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cellular & Molecular Oncology
Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Adam Bass is an assistant professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and also is an associate member of the Broad Institute. He completed clinical training in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and ...
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Al B. Benson III, MD, FACP, FASCO
Professor of Oncology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

Al B. Benson III, M.D is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.  He is also the Associate Director for Clinical Investigations at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive ...
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Jordan D. Berlin, MD
Ingram Professor of Cancer Research
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Dr. Berlin is a medical oncologist who specializes in gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies and new drug development. As Clinical Director of the GI Oncology program at VICC, he directs the development and conduct of clinical trials for GI cancers at Vanderbilt. In this role as well as ...
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Arthur W. Blackstock, Jr, MD
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

A. William Blackstock, MD, is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Wake Forest University (WFU) School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. He is a national and international expert in the radiotherapeutic management of gastrointestinal ...
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Barbara Ann Burtness, MD
Professor, Department of Medical Oncology
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Burtness is Professor of Medical Oncology and Associate Director of Clinical Research at Fox Chase Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. She is an active clinical investigator interested in esophagogastric cancers. Dr. Burtness received ...
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Michael A. Choti, MD, MBA, FACS
Hall and Mary Lucille Shannon Professor of Surgery & Chair of Department of Surgery
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Dr. Choti received his MD degree at Yale University, general surgery training at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed the surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center before joining the division of Surgical Oncology at Johns Hopkins.  In 2013, ...
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Michael Cusnir, MD
Mount Sinai
Miami, Florida

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David K. Dennis, MD
Medical Oncologist
Plantation, Florida

Dr. Dennis is in private practice in oncology and hematology in Plantation, Florida. He received his B.S. Summa Cum Laude from the University of Miami in Florida and his Doctor of Medicine from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at New York University Medical Center, where he also served as Chief ...
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Peter C. Enzinger, MD
Medical Oncologist
Dana-Farber Center Institute
Boston, Massachusetts

Peter C. Enzinger, MD, is an oncologist in the Department of Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Esophageal and Gastric Cancer at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and ...
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Charles S. Fuchs, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Fuchs is Director of the Center for Gastrointestinal Cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He also leads the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center Gastrointestinal Malignancies Program and the DF/HCC SPORE ...
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Steven Hahn, MD
Gastroenterologist
Plantation, Florida

Dr. Hahn is in private practice in internal medicine and gastroenterology in Plantation, Florida. He received his B.S Magna Cum Laude from Hofstra University in New York and his M.D. from University of Miami School of Medicine. After serving his internal medicine internship and ...
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Daniel G. Haller, MD, FACP, FRCP
Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Haller is a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia. He received his doctor of medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and completed his fellowship in medical oncology at the Georgetown University Hospital, ...
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Elizabeth B. Harvey, PhD, MPH
CEO, International Consulting Oncology, LLC
Interventionalist, MSKCC, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
New York, New York

Dr. Harvey's career spans over 40 years of experience in the academic, government and industry cancer arenas. She held academic positions in radiopharmaceutical development at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. After earning a PhD in Cancer ...
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Howard S. Hochster, MD
Associate Director for Clinical Sciences
Yale Cancer Center
New York, New York

Dr. Howard Hochster serves the Yale Cancer Center as Associate Director for Clinical Sciences. Dr. Hochster has a long record of clinical trial experience and publications relating to new drug development in medical oncology. He has published widely on the use of ...
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David H. Ilson, MD, PhD
Medical Oncologist and Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York

David H. Ilson, MD, PhD is an attending physician and member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York and a professor of medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College. He is a nationally recognized authority in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancer whose primary ...
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George P. Kim, MD
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, Florida

Dr. Kim is assistant professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and director of the gastrointestinal cancer group at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. He received his doctor of medicine from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine in Burlington, ...
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Lawrence R. Kleinberg, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Kleinberg is an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Radiation Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.  He received his medical degree from yale University and trained in radiation oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering ...
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Heinz-Josef Lenz, MD, FACP
Associate Director for Clinical Research
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Los Angeles, California


Robert Martin II, MD, FACS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Oncology
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Martin is associate professor of surgery and director of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He obtained his doctor of medicine from the University of Louisville, where he is now a doctoral candidate, and completed a surgical oncology ...
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Martin McCarter, MD
Professor of Surgery and Surgical Director of the Esophageal and Gastric Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, Colorado

Dr. McCarter is a professor of surgery and the surgical director of the Esophageal and Gastric Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado. He received his doctor of medicine from the University of Vermont and ...
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Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACP
Clinical Professor of Medical Oncology, Program Leader in Gastrointestinal Oncology
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Edith Peterson Mitchell, MD, is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology and Program Leader in Gastrointestinal Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University. In addition, she holds the positions of Associate Director of Diversity Programs for the Kimmel Cancer Center ...
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Mary F. Mulcahy, MD
Associate Professor in Medicine-Hematology/Oncology, Radiology and Surgery-Vascular
Northwestern Feinberg Medical School
Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Mulcahy is an associate professor of hematology/oncology at Northwestern University and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chicago IL. She received her medical degree from the University of California in San Diego and completed her residency in general ...
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Alexander A. Parikh, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, Tennessee

Dr. Parikh is assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology and clinical director of the Jim Ayers Institute for Precancer Detection and Diagnosis at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his doctor of medicine from the ...
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Lakshmi Rajdev, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (Oncology)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Jack D. Weiler Hospital
Bronx, New York

Dr. Lakshmi Rajdev is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y. She completed her training in Hematology and Oncology at New York University Medical Center and also received a Masters in Clinical Research at the Albert Einstein College ...
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Josep Tabernero, MD
Head, Medical Oncology Department
Vall d'Hebron University Hospital
Barcelona, Spain

Josep Tabernero holds MD and PhD degrees from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. He is currently the Head of the Medical Oncology Department at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona and the Director of the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology. He is ...
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Joel E. Tepper, MD
Hector MacLean Distinguished Prof of Cancer Research, Dept of Radiation Oncology
UNC/Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dr. Joel Tepper is the Hector MacLean Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from MIT, and his MD degree from Washington University, St. Louis. He was an ...
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Eric Van Cutsem, MD, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

Eric Van Cutsem obtained his MD and PhD degree and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology/GI oncology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is currently Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and is head of Digestive Oncology at ...
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Kathleen Mary Wesa, MD
Assistant Attending Physician Integrative Medicine Service
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York

Kathleen Wesa, MD, is a physician-scientist in the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, followed by an Internal Medicine Residency and ...
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Donald Zelman, MD
Surgeon
Plantation, Florida

Dr. Zelman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York. He served his surgical internship and his general and plastic surgery residency at Kings County Hospital ...
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