Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is an institution of higher learning, with schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and public health – and with a network of campuses and partners throughout Oregon. They are a national research hub, with thousands of scientists developing lifesaving therapies and deeper understanding. OHSU is Oregon’s only public academic health center.

The university’s programs are highly ranked nationally, with the School of Medicine ranking in the top 5 for primary care and family medicine residency ranking #1 by U.S. News & World Report, as well as the ophthalmology residency under Casey Eye Institute ranking in the top 10 by Ophthalmology Times in 2020. It is designated as a “Special Focus – Research Institution” according to the Carnegie Classification.

Melanoma Community Meet & Greet

Engage with melanoma experts at OHSU’s first in-person conference since COVID-19

Date: Saturday – April 29, 2023
Time:  12:00 PM (ET)| 11:00 AM (CT) | 10:00 AM (MT) | 9:00 AM (PT)
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Format:  This symposium is being held in person as well as virtually.
For In-person attendance:

  • The event is at the Rood Family Pavilion on Portland’s South Waterfront. The address is 3410 S Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239
  • Free garage parking is available for the event in the Rood Pavilion Parking Garage. Street parking is also available, but this is a self-pay option.
  • For garage parking, enter the parking garage and navigate up to the P3 level, where you’ll reach a gate arm, and you’ll pull a ticket to lift the arm. You can park in any space beyond the P3 gate. When you exit, insert your ticket, and the arm will again raise, allowing you to exit.
  • If you run into any issues with the ticket machine, you can press an assistance button on the machine.
  • You’ll want to locate an elevator from the parking garage and take it down to the first floor (street level). You’ll then exit the elevator lobby, take an immediate left, re-enter the doors, and proceed to the registration table.
  • We will also have wayfinding help on-site.


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (PT)
5 Minute Presentations


  • War on Melanoma (where we’ve been) by Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., and Elizabeth Stoos-Prentice, M.Ed., Associate Director, OHSU
  • War on Melanoma (now what?) by Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., and Elizabeth Stoos-Prentice, M.Ed., Associate Director, OHSU
  • High School Skin Cancer Curriculum by Gina Calco, Ph.D., Medical Student, OHSU
  • Underserved Community Outreach Elena Paz Munoz, Medical Student, OHSU
  • Radiation Therapy by Reid F. Thompson, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Radiation Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, OHSU
  • Immunotherapy and Side-Effects by Noah Hornick, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dermatology, OHSU
  • Dermatopathology for Melanoma by Jina Chung, M.D., Assistant Professor, Dermatology, OHSU
  • Surgical Oncology by  Cristian Valenzuela, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Surgical Oncology, OHSU
  • Imaging and Telehealth by Joanna Ludzik, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dermatology, OHSU
  • Surgical Treatment (Mohs) by Wesley Yu, M.D., Assistant Professor, Dermatology, OHSU
  • Medical Oncology by Aimee Kohn, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology, OHSU
  • Specialty Melanoma (Ocular) by Afshan Nanji, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Ophthalmology, OHSU

10:05 AM (PT)


10:15 AM (PT)

Break Out Groups: Meet the Experts

11:00 AM (PT)

Panel Q&A
Moderated by Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D.

11:20 AM (PT)

Patient Resources
Ann Garst Taylor
Director of Community Engagement
AIM at Melanoma Foundation

11:25 AM (PT)

Closing Remarks
Robin Zimmerman, Coordinator, Steps Against Melanoma Walk
Diane Rose, FORCE Contact and Outreach for May
Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., OHSU
Elizabeth Stoos-Prentice, M.Ed., Associate Director, OHSU