Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

Obesity, Inflammation, and Breast Cancer: Axis of Evil

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, September 13, 2012

8:00 AM: Jack D. Weiler Hospital Weiler Auditorium

Speaker & Info

Joseph Sparano, MD

Professor of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Associate Chairman, Department of Oncology
Montefiore Medical Center

Director, Einstein Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office
Associate Director, Clinical Research
Albert Einstein Cancer Center

Repeated at 12:15 pm, Cherkasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Joseph Sparano is an internationally recognized expert in the management of breast cancer and HIV-associated cancers who has authored over 200 original articles, reviews, chapters, and editorials. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and education committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is the principal investigator of an NIH U10 grant that funds cooperative group clinical research activities at Einstein via the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, or ECOG. He also has recently received funding from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Komen Foundation to establish a biospecimen bank devoted to identifying factors associated with late breast cancer recurrence, and serves as a mentor for several recipients of Komen Career Catalyst and K12 awards. He holds several national leadership roles, including Chair of the ECOG Breast Cancer Committee, Associate Chair of ECOG, Vice-Chair of the NCI Breast Cancer Correlative Science Committee, Member of the NCI Breast Cancer Steering Committee, Vice Chair of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium, and Chair of the New York Cancer Consortium. He has received awards throughout his career for excellence in patient care, teaching, and research.

Dr. Sparano's research is focused on developing more effective treatments and improving the precision of therapy for breast cancer and other cancers, and understanding the relationship between tumor- and host associated-factors in influencing cancer prognosis and response to therapy. He recently reported a strong association between body mass index and clinical outcomes in breast cancer that received extensive attention in the scientific community and the lay press.

Dr. Sparano is a graduate of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education who went on to receive his medical degree from New York Medical College. After completing residency and chief residency in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York city, he then completed a fellowship in medical oncology at Montefiore-Einstein in 1986. He joined the faculty as an Instructor in Medicine upon completing of his training, and has been a faculty member here since that time. He has been a Professor Medicine since 2000, and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health since 2006.

Dr. Sparano served as the hematology-oncology fellowship program director between 1997 and 2003, during which time he combined the two programs and campuses into a single unified program that is now one of the largest and most competitive in the country. He has served as Associate Chairman of the Department of Oncology at Montefiore Director of the Einstein Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office since 2002, and was recently appointed Associate Director for Clinical Research at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center. He leads Einstein Cancer Center Breast Cancer Working Group, a multidisciplinary group of physicians and scientists who collaborate together in performing translational research.


After attending this activity, participants will:

  1. Understand tumor and host-associated factors associated with the development of breast cancer and recurrence after a breast cancer diagnosis
  2. Understand the potential mechanisms of tumor and host-associated factors driving recurrence after a breast cancer diagnosis
  3. Understand strategies towards developing improved therapeutic approaches to prevent early and late relapse after a breast cancer diagnosis

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Host: Department of Medicine (Division of Oncology)

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