Administrative Core

Administrative Core2019-02-08T22:07:51-05:00

The U54 Administrative Core coordinates all Partnership activities and ensures that the Partnership continues to function effectively and efficiently. The Administrative Core includes:

Francesca Gany, MD, MS

Principal Investigator (MSK)

Dr. Francesca Gany is the Chief of the Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Director of the Center for Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities, and a Director of the community based participatory South Asian Health Initiative. She works to bridge immigrants, minority community members, and the medically underserved with the healthcare system, and to eliminate health disparities. Her groundbreaking work has led to an improvement in health outcomes and to the development of long-term clinical, health policy, and programmatic changes.

Tim Ahles, PhD

Principal Investigator (MSK)

Dr. Ahles a behavioral psychologist with a special interest in the cognitive effects of cancer treatments. His clinical interests have focused on cognitive-behavioral interventions designed to improve symptom management (e.g., cognitive problems, pain, sleep disorders) and to reduce stress associated with cancer and cancer treatments. In addition, he is the psychological liaison to the Neurology Service and to the Brain Tumor Center.

Karen Hubbard, PhD

Principal Investigators (CCNY)

Dr. Hubbard is a molecular biologist who studies gene expression during cellular aging. Her research focuses on RNA metabolism during aging and the relationship between cell death (apoptosis) and aging. She is also the director of the partnership program with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Bao Vuong, PhD

Principal Investigator (CCNY)

Bao Vuong, PhD

Dr. Vuong is an immunologist who studies the mechanisms that regulate immunoglobulin gene diversification and genomic instability. His research examines molecular and cellular processes that promote antibody-mediated immunity and lymphomagenesis. Dr. Vuong has initiated research education programs through the U54, including a summer medical research education program for MSK hematology/oncology fellows and a high school cancer education program.

Hedvig Hricak MD, PhD

Department Chair, Radiology (MSK)

Dr. Hedvig Hricak is Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). She is also a member of the Molecular Pharmacology Program at the Sloan Kettering Institute, and Professor at the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She is an international leader in the field of diagnostic radiology and advanced imaging. Dr Hricak’s research focuses on imaging of genitourinary and gynecological cancers, particularly the development of new imaging techniques and validation of imaging biomarkers derived from cross-sectional techniques.

Dr Hricak is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, and has served on the National Institutes of Health, Board of Scientific Counselors, Scientific Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute and the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. She has also served on the Nuclear Radiation Study Board (NASB) of the National Academy of Sciences

Dr Hricak is committed to training the next generation of cancer imaging researchers. She directs a number of international research fellowship programs that, through a competitive recruitment process, bring radiologists from all over the world to MSK for training in oncologic imaging, such as body imaging, breast imaging and interventional radiology.

As Co-Leader on the Training and Career Development Core of the U54 CCNY-MSKCC Partnership grant, Dr Hricak works with Dr. Karen Hubbard to continue to develop and expand training opportunities in a robust translational cancer research environment to attract and retain students (particularly minority and low-income students) interested in cancer research – to complete MD, PhD, DO, and MD/PhD programs and to pursue cancer-related research careers. These opportunities are enhanced by educational and training opportunities and increased mentorship and support.

Her overall goal is to help provide opportunities for students and trainees and to build the next generation of scientists. One of her proudest accomplishments is the establishment in 2004 of an educational program Radiology: Giving Back to NYC for high school students from the New York City Department of Education public high schools. In 2013 the Council of the City of New York issued a proclamation citing Dr Hricak’s guidance and support for high school students stating that the 18th day of April in 2013 is Radiology/Science Careers Awareness & Exploration Day for High School Juniors. The overall goal of the program is to inspire and educate students and teachers about careers in healthcare with a focus on STEM careers. The Partnership supports summer internships in STEM for the five high school students who won the competition

Karen Hubbard, PhD

Principal Investigators (CCNY)

Dr. Hubbard is a molecular biologist who studies gene expression during cellular aging. Her research focuses on RNA metabolism during aging and the relationship between cell death (apoptosis) and aging. She is also the director of the partnership program with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Erica Lubetkin, MD, MPH

PCORE Co-Leader

 

Erica Lubetkin an associate medical professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine at the CUNY School of Medicine. Her background is in neuroscience (B.S.), internal medicine (M.D.) and public health (M.P.H./health policy and management, effectiveness and outcomes). The majority of her research has examined the performance of patient-reported outcome measures, and she has a strong track-record in measuring health-related quality of life and quantifying the burden of disease due to chronic diseases and health risk behaviors. She also have worked on numerous projects assessing cancer risk beliefs, patient activation, and health literacy in inner-city primary care patients. In terms of teaching, she is the course director for Evidence-Based Medicine, a longitudinal first- and second-year medical student course.

 

Jennifer Leng, MD, MPH

PCORE Co-Leader

Jennifer Leng is a member of the research faculty of the Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities laboratory, which facilitates linguistically and culturally sensitive health care services for newcomer populations through research, education, training, program development, policy, and advocacy. Her research interests include developing and testing support and survivorship interventions for Chinese cancer patients; targeting social and economic barriers to cancer care, and studying interventions to address food insecurity among immigrant and minority cancer patients; and community-based cardiovascular disease and cancer risk screening for underserved populations.

Francesca Gany, MD, MS

Principal Investigator (MSK)

Dr. Francesca Gany is the Chief of the Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Director of the Center for Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities, and a Director of the community based participatory South Asian Health Initiative. She works to bridge immigrants, minority community members, and the medically underserved with the healthcare system, and to eliminate health disparities. Her groundbreaking work has led to an improvement in health outcomes and to the development of long-term clinical, health policy, and programmatic changes.

M. Ümit Uyar

Professor (CCNY)

Research Interests: Computational Biology, Mobile Ad Hoc Networks, and Artificial Intelligence

Lisa Diamond, MD

Core Leader (MSKCC)

Lisa Diamond is a member of the research faculty of the Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service, which facilitates linguistically and culturally sensitive health care services for newcomer populations through research, education, training, program development, policy, and advocacy. Her research focuses on understanding how clinician non-English language proficiency affects the quality of care delivered to patients with limited English proficiency (LEP). Ultimately, she plans to use the results of her research to establish standards for the appropriate use of non-fluent non-English language skills by clinicians and to identify process and outcome measures that capture the quality of cancer care being delivered to LEP patients.

Prior to joining Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Diamond was a Research Physician and Hospitalist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute. Her research there included a study funded by The California Endowment to identify better methods for measuring clinician non-English language proficiency and determine physician, patient, and system factors that help explain race/ethnic and language-related disparities in care.

Dr. Diamond is a board-certified internist, focusing on inpatient hospital medicine. She completed medical school at the George Washington University School of Medicine and has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

Carlos Riobo, Ph.D

Core Leader

Carlos Riobó is  Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures at the Graduate Center and The City College of New York. He is also Professor of Comparative Literature at CCNY  and Chair of his Department of Classical and Modern Languages & Literatures at CCNY. Professor Riobó is the Director of CCNY’s Kaye Scholarship and Co-Director of its Cátedra Mario Vargas Llosa.  He is an Editorial Board member of Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas.
Dr. Riobó was the recipient of the CCNY President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Service in the Division of Humanities and Arts in 2014. His research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century Cuban and Argentine literature and cultures. He has appeared on U.S. and international radio and television programs. Professor Riobó has done field research in Havana at the Cuban National Library and Archive, as well as in Argentina, Dominican Republic, France, Portugal, Puerto Rico, and Spain. He has published articles on Manuel Puig, Severo Sarduy, Sigüenza y Góngora, nineteenth-century Argentine literature, Ezra Pound, and Italian and Spanish Medieval Literature, in major refereed journals. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript on the counter archive.  He has taught at Yale University, SUNY Binghamton, Bard College, and Columbia University. In 2017, he was chosen as recipient of an Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Program and invited to teach at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy.
His publications include the books Caught between the Lines: Captives, Frontiers, and National Identity in Argentine Literature and Art(University of Nebraska Press, New Hispanisms: Cultural and Literary Studies series), Sub-versions of the Archive: Manuel Puig’s and Severo Sarduy’s Alternative Identities (Bucknell University Press, 2011); Cuban Intersection of Literary and Urban Spaces (SUNY Press, 2011); Handbook of Contemporary Cuba: Economy, Politics, Civil Society, and Globalization, with Mauricio Font (Paradigm Press, 2013); and, among his many peer-reviewed article are, “Raiding the Anales of the Empire: Sarduy’s Subversions of the Latin American Boom,” Hispanic Review. 81.3 (2013): 331-352, for which he won in 2014 the Latin American Studies Association’s (LASA) Sylvia Molloy Award for the best peer-reviewed humanities article published in 2013 and “Sarduy’s Colibrí and the Search for Discursive Foundations in the Regional Novel” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 41.2 (2017): 54-68

  • Leo Spychala, MPH (CCNY)
    Program Manager (CCNY) and Training Director
    Leo Spychala, MPH (CCNY)
  • Nicole Roberts-Eversley, MPH (MSK)
    Program Manager (MSK)
    Nicole Roberts-Eversley, MPH (MSK)
  • Sheila Fortunato, MS (MSK)
    Research Education Core MSK Training Director
    Sheila Fortunato, MS (MSK)
  • Yumeng Wu, MSPH (MSK)
    Research Project Associate
    Yumeng Wu, MSPH (MSK)
  • Raúl Hernández (MSK)
    Community Outreach & Clinical Research Associate
    Raúl Hernández (MSK)
  • Gabriela Rebello (CCNY)
    Research Coordinator (CCNY)
    Gabriela Rebello (CCNY)
  • Lakshmi Menon (MSK)
    Program Assistant
    Lakshmi Menon (MSK)
  • Shantel Audain (CCNY)
    Administrative Assistant
    Shantel Audain (CCNY)
  • Shelley Anif (MSK)
    CCNY-MSK Partnership Mgr./ Sr. Financial Manager (MSK)
    Shelley Anif (MSK)
  • Leo Spychala, MPH (CCNY)

    Program Manager (CCNY) and Training Director

    Nicole Roberts-Eversley, MPH (MSK)

    Nicole Roberts-Eversley, MPH (MSK)

    Program Manager (MSK)

    As the Program Manager (MSK), Nicole works closely with the Partnership PIs and handles all administrative and oversight activities for the U54. Alongside the CCNY Program Manager, Nicole maintains day-to-day contact with every aspect of the Partnership, including supervising and coordinating the work of all CCNY and MSK staff working on the Partnership. The Partnership Program Managers ensure that research projects and other internal processes are conducted according to the Partnership’s operating procedures.

    Sheila Fortunato, MS (MSK)

    Research Education Core MSK Training Director

    Sheila Fortunato has served as MSK’s Training Director for the U54 CCNY-MSKCC Partnership grant since 2013. She is Program/Community Outreach Manager for the Department of Radiology at MSK.  Part of her responsibilities in that role include:  managing clinical research training programs within the Department of Radiology. These include: 1) A BCRF-funded international clinical research training program in breast imaging; and 2) An international clinical research postdoctoral training program in oncologic imaging. In addition, she manages Dr Hricak’s community outreach program for high school students: Radiology: Giving Back to NYC.

    Since 2012 she has worked with leadership from the Career & Technical Education, Office of Postsecondary Readiness of the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) on healthcare outreach programs for high school students. In that role she works with the NYCDOE to improve opportunities for high school students from New York City public high schools.  In 2016 she was appointed Member for the Healthcare Industry Commission for Career & Technical Education for the Office of Postsecondary Readiness of the NYCDOE.

    Yumeng Wu, MSPH (MSK)

    Research Project Associate

    As the Research Project Associate, Yumeng leads our data operations, manage ongoing and new Partnership Core(s) project databases, and provide assistance with every phase of implementation to all projects involving human subjects. She conducts data quality assurance monitoring, protocol compliance audits, and provides programmatic analytical support to the U54 Principal Investigators, Program Managers, Partnership Faculty, and Program Steering Committee members.

    Raúl Hernández (MSK)

    Community Outreach & Clinical Research Associate

    In concert with PCORE, LCRSRC, and the Partnership PIs, Raúl assists in the planning and implementation of all outreach, service, research, dissemination, and evaluation activities. He works closely with PCORE’s target communities, investigators, and the NCI’s National Outreach Network on the NCI-coordinated agenda to identify areas of need, and then to develop, adapt, and disseminate health promotion/cancer education materials and important culturally-tailored NCI messages.

    Gabriela Rebello (CCNY)

    Research Coordinator (CCNY)

    In concert with the Partnership Community Outreach-Research-Education Core (PCORE) and the Community Outreach & Clinical Research Associate, Gabriela handles PCORE’s research and data management needs, evaluation reports, and community outreach activities. She also assists in developing needs assessment tools and manuscript preparation.

     

    Lakshmi Menon (MSK)

    Program Assistant

    As the Program Assistant, Lakshmi works closely with the Partnership PIs to provide administrative and programmatic support for all Partnership activities.  She facilitates communication between institutional faculty and research teams, and coordinates Partnership meetings (IAC, PSC) as well as other partnership programs at MSK and CCNY. She also handles the arranging for reviews for our routine Partnership RFAs and helps prepare the annual progress report.

    Shantel Audain (CCNY)

    Shantel Audain (CCNY)

    Administrative Assistant

    As the Administrative Assistant, Shantel works closely with the Partnership team to provide daily administrative support for Partnership activities such as calendar management, agenda preparation, presentations, and other materials for key meetings. They handle contract management submissions, coordination of events, and the organization of annual reports to our stakeholders.

    Shelley Anif (MSK)

    Shelley Anif (MSK)

    CCNY-MSK Partnership Mgr./ Sr. Financial Manager (MSK)

    Ms. Anif works alongside Partnership PIs (Drs. Ahles and Gany) and the CCNY-MSK Partnership team. She oversees Partnership operations and works as a business partner to liaise with institutional leadership while providing guidance and advisement on the strategic direction of the Partnership.

Administrative Core Functions

  1. Coordinates all meetings of the Internal Advisory Committee, the Executive Committee and the Program Steering Committee;
  2. Provides administrative support for the tracking of pertinent data that monitors and assesses the Partnership’s goals and objectives, such as publications and grant submission by investigators, student tracking data and community outreach assessments;
  3. Provides support for the access of either CCNY or MSKCC’s research resources and/or facilities and keep U54 faculty and students abreast of new research resources. It will coordinate with GMaP to ensure that students have access with regional career resources;
  4. Provides administrative coordination for student placements at either CCNY or MSKCC in research laboratories or service based learning projects as well as provide administrative support for faculty that teach in Partnership courses;
  5. Provides fiscal management for all aspects of the Partnership including distribution of developmental funds; and
  6.  Maintains and update a manual of Standard Operations Procedures.