The summit convenes survivors and leaders within medicine, research, government, industry and the community to address policy and medical issues towards eliminating the
prostate cancer racial disparity. 

2018 Summit Agenda  


Thursday, September 13th 

United States Capitol
Visitors Center
Congressional Meeting Room North

Individual video's and presentations from our summit will be coming soon.



9:00 - 9:45 AM:  Summit Opening Proceedings

Welcome:                       Mr. Robbie Robinson
PHEN Network
Boston, MA

Opening Statement:      Mr. Thomas A. Farrington
President and Founder
Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN)
Boston, MA

Opening Remarks:        Congressman Gregory W. Meeks
                                        New York (D-5)      

                                        Congressman Donald Payne, Jr.
New Jersey (D–10) 

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (Invited)
New York (D–9) 


9:45 - 10:15 AM: Understanding the African American Prostate Cancer Disparity by The Numbers

A review of prostate cancer incidence and mortality statistics by race nationally, by state, and region with an analysis of historic trends with future projections

Introduction:                  Matthew A. Kinnard, PhD
PHEN Network
Hyattsville, MD

Speaker:                         Yaw Nyame, MD, MBA, MHSA
Acting Instructor, Urologic Oncology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

10:15 - 11:30 AM: Prostate Cancer Early Detection - An Update

The U. S. Preventive Services Task Force also published its final prostate cancer early detection screening recommendation in May, 2018. This session will review and analyze this recommendation and the potential impact for African American men.

Introduction:                  Mr. Anthony Lee
PHEN Network
Boston, MA

Moderator:                     J. Jacques Carter, MD, MPH, FACP
PHEN Medical Advisor
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Speakers:                       James C. Roberson, II, MD
PHEN Network
Clinton, MD

Compton Benjamin, Jr., MD, PhD
Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group
Gaithersburg, MD

11:30 - 12:30 PM: Developing Treatment Trends and the Implications For Patients

A new generation of prostate cancer care is being shaped through major new developments underway including new drugs, imaging technology, molecular and genetic testing and more. An overview of these developing trends and the implications for patients will be presented.

Moderator:                     Ms. Wendy Roberson
PHEN Network
Clinton, MD

Speaker:                         James Mohler, MD
Chair, NCCN Prostate Cancer Guideline Committee
Associate Director and Senior Vice President of Research
Roswell Park Cancer Center
Buffalo, NY

12:30 - 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 - 4:00 PM: Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Rally Update Report

An update on PHEN's Clinical Trials Rally with an insightful look at the journey of some successful trials and how they are now benefiting patients. An analysis of the different classes of trials including a review of certain trials will also be presented during this session.

Introduction:                  Jackson L. Davis, III, MD
PHEN Network
Washington, DC

Moderator:                     Edith Mitchell, MD, FACP
Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

Speakers:                       Franklin W. Huang, MD, PhD
Instructor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Damali N. Martin, PhD, MPH
Program Director
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Arash Eshraghi, PharmD
Clinical Trials Rally Coordinator
Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN)
Boston, MA

Stanislav Lechpammer, MD, PhD
Senior Director in Oncology North America Medical Affairs
Pfizer Oncology
San Francisco, CA

Denise D’Andrea, MD
Director, US Medical Affairs – Solid Tumor
Janssen Oncology
Horsham, PA

Arif Hussain, MD
Co-Leader Hormone Responsive Cancers Program
University of Maryland
Greenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baltimore, MD

4:00 - 4:30 PM: Closing Remarks


Friday, September 14th
Washington Convention Center
Room 145B


A session of the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference

Hosted by Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY)


9:00 - 9:30 AM: Opening Proceedings

Welcome:                       Deacon Raymond Fuller, Jr.
PHEN Network
Boston, MA

Opening Statement:      Mr. Thomas A. Farrington

Opening Remarks:        Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY)
Member, Congressional Black Caucus 

9:30 - 11:00 AM: Community Education and Awareness Outreach

PHEN's faith-based community outreach initiatives are now recognized as the broadest and most effective prostate cancer education and awareness efforts focused on African American communities. This session will present results of these church partnership initiatives and outline plans and strategies for 2019.

Moderator:                     Reverend Blane J. Newberry
Associate Pastor
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
Philadelphia, PA


Reverend Adrian Backus, JD, MDiv
                    Director of Partnerships and Outreach
                    Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN)
                    Greenbelt, MD


                    Jerry M. George, MPH
                    Program Coordinator
                    Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN)
                    Boston, MA


                    Reverend Joseph P. Deck, III
                    Senior Minister to Men
                    Reid Temple AME Church
                    Glenn Dale, VA


                    Reverend Dr. Henry P. Davis III
First Baptist Church of Highland Park
                    Landover, MD

Questions & Answers 

11:45 - 12 Noon: Summit Closing Remarks: Mr. Thomas A. Farrington

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