Keynote Speaker:  The Joy of Managing Your Survivorship Journey

Guadalupe Palos, DrPH, LMSW, RN

Dr. Palos is the Clinical Research Manager in the Office of Survivorship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is a nurse scientist, licensed masters-prepared social worker and registered nurse. Dr. Palos received her nursing degree at San Jacinto Junior College in Pasadena, Texas; a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. Her studies leading to a Doctorate in Public Health, Health Service Research were conducted at The University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas.   

Dr. Palos’ publications on survivorship, caregivers symptom burden, cancer prevention, cultural competency, and pain management have appeared in leading peer-review scientific journals such as the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer, Journal of Pain, Oncology Nursing Forum, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Seminars in Oncology Nursing and the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. She serves as a reviewer for various journals including the Cancer Epidemiology: Biomarkers and Prevention, Ethnicity and Disease. Dr. Palos has authored numerous chapters in books related to survivorship, cultural competency, and palliative care related to the professions of nursing and social work.

Dr. Palos serves as Co-Chair for the MDA Survivorship Research Advisory Workgroup and is an appointed Vice-Chair and member of the Psychosocial, Behavioral, and Health Service Research Institutional Review Board. She has been a long-time volunteer speaker for cancer organizations including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society and CancerCare.

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