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Joanna Cain, USA
B.N. Purandare Lecture

Joanna Cain, USA

Joanna Cain, MD, FACOG is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Radiation Oncology at the University of Massachusetts.   She was born and raised on Yakama Nation land in eastern Washington State.  That early experience with the health challenges faced by the many cultures living in the Yakima Valley, particularly women, led her ultimately to medicine.  She did her undergraduate work at the University of Washington (UW), her medical school at Creighton University, her residency in Ob/Gyn at University of Washington, and her fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Cornell/ Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she was the first woman chosen for fellowship.  She has held multiple leadership positions including President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO), President of the Council of University Chairs, Vice President of ACOG, and Chair of the international ethics committee and the Scientific Programme Committee (2015) for FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) as well as Chairing the WHO Cervical Cancer Control committee and the subcommittee on Cervical Cancer Control of FIGO. She was Chair of Departments at Penn State, Oregon Health Sciences University and Brown as well as Center Director for Women’s Health and Surgeon in Chief overseeing faculty in both inpatient and outpatient, academic and community based practices.  She has served as Chair of the Advisory Committee for HPV Vaccine Trials for the NCI for over a decade, as well as continuing her work in women’s cancers, women’s healthcare quality and safety, and medical ethics nationally and globally.

B.N. Purandare Lecture

Lessons on the path to eliminating cervical cancer: challenging science, ethics, and culture

Elucidating the cause, prevention, and treatment of cervical cancer has challenged scientific beliefs, cultural barriers, and medical ethics.  The lessons learned in the ongoing development of radiation and surgical therapy, in prevention and in vaccination are fundamental to all of women’s health.

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