Saint John’s Cancer Institute

Saint John’s Cancer Institute is renowned for advancing therapeutics, translational science, and establishing standards of care. We foster robust fellowship programs, implement and initiate clinical trials, and collaborate with academic and industry partners worldwide.

This presentation was offered in person and virtually for melanoma patients, family members, and loved ones. 

Date: Saturday – October 29, 2022
Time:  11:00 AM (ET)| 10:00 AM (CT) | 9:00 AM (MT) | 8:00 AM (PT)
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Presenters & Topics

8:00 AM PT

Registration and Breakfast

8:45 AM PT

Welcoming Remarks
Rick Essner, M.D. FACS
Surgical Director
Melanoma Cancer Program
Saint John’s Cancer Institute
Santa Monica, California

8:50 AM PT

Melanoma Facts You May Not Know
Shasa Hu, MD, FAAD
University of Miami Health System
Miami, Florida

9:25 AM PT

Genetic Risks and the Importance of Family History in Melanoma
Miles Picus, M.D.
Cancer Genetic Counselor
Providence Health & Services
Santa Monica, California

9:45 AM PT

Whole Person Cancer Care: Assessing Social & Emotional Support Services

10:00 AM PT


10:15 AM PT

The Effects of Diet and Supplements in Preventing and Surviving Cancer
Ashley Salazar
Registered Dietician
Saint John’s Health Center
Santa Monica, California

10:30 AM PT

Sun Protection, Sunscreens, and Skin Care During Therapy
Sonia Batra, MD, MSc, MPH
Dermatologist, Batra Medical, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology
Santa Monica, California

10:50 AM PT

Surgery and Wound Care Management in Melanoma
Laura Fluke, MD, FACS
Surgical Oncology Fellow,
Saint John’s Cancer Institute
Santa Monica, California

11:10 AM PT

Recent Progress in Medical Treatment for Advanced Melanoma
Kim Margolin, M.D., FACP, FASCO
Medical Director of the SJCI Melanoma Program
Saint John’s Cancer Institute
Santa Monica, California

11:30 AM PT

Recognition and Management of Side Effects and Toxicities from Melanoma Treatments
Patti Jo Carruth, MSN, RN, OCN
Research Nurse Trainer, Clinical Research Office
Stanford Health Care
Stanford, California

11:55 AM PT


12:30 PM PT

2022: Things are Looking Up, But Much Work Remains
Samantha Guild
AIM at Melanoma Foundation