Cancer and the Community

September 20, 2017
Las Vegas, NV

While the cost of health care is a major policy question, access to health care is a serious issue for many Americans, especially those in rural states. It is a crisis in Nevada, which faces an acute shortage of doctors. The Silver State has one of the lowest numbers of doctors per capita in the nation as most medical school graduates leave the state to practice, forcing many patients to seek treatment out of state.

As the state looks to revive its systems for care, what is the role of community oncologists and doctors? How can the state address the shortage of doctors and specialists? And how can cities like Las Vegas provide access to the kinds of breakthrough treatments and research that many patients desperately need? At The Atlantic's second Cancer and the Community forum, we explored these challenges and learned what can be done to address them from researchers, experts, stakeholders, survivors and patients living with cancer.

Watch full session videos

To view photos from this event, please visit our Facebook page

Presented by

Atlantic Live


  • Lysa Buonanno
    Lysa Buonanno Lung cancer survivor and advocate
  • Steve Clemons
    Steve Clemons Washington Editor at Large The Atlantic
  • Oscar B. Goodman Jr.
    Oscar B. Goodman Jr. Medical Oncologist and Chair, Executive Research Committee Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
  • Murdo Gordon*
    Murdo Gordon* Chief Commerical Officer Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • ​Cari Herington*
    ​Cari Herington* Nevada Cancer Coalition Executive Director
  • Parvesh Kumar
    Parvesh Kumar Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology; Director, Cancer Program University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Medicine
  • Sung Poblete
    Sung Poblete Stand Up To Cancer President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Wolfram Samlowski*
    Wolfram Samlowski* Medical Oncologist, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada and Clinical Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • Richard Wender
    Richard Wender Chief Cancer Control Officer American Cancer Society
  • Matthew Zachary
    Matthew Zachary Founder and Chief Executive Officer Stupid Cancer


  • Wednesday, September 20
  • 9:00 a.m.WelcomeEmily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, AtlanticLIVE
  • 9:05 a.m.The Battle against CancerMatthew Zachary, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stupid Cancer
    Richard Wender, Chief Cancer Control Officer, American Cancer Society
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 9:40 a.m.Building the Medical CommunityOscar Goodman Jr., Medical Oncologist and Chair, Executive Research Committee, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
    Parvesh Kumar, Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology; Director, Cancer Program, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Medicine
    Lysa Buonanno, Lung Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 10:05 a.m.From the Bench to the BedsideSung Poblete, President and Chief Executive Officer, Stand Up to Cancer
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 10:30 a.m.Closing ThoughtsEmily Akhtarzandi, AtlanticLIVE


Also in This Series

Upcoming Events

  • In Pursuit of Happiness

    The Atlantic will host a live event that explores the human hold on happiness—and aims to find ways to build a more meaningful life.

  • Health Care

    The Equity of Cancer Care

    The Atlantic will gather leading experts to explore the equity of cancer care and what the oncology community is doing to improve outcomes and survivorship for all Americans.

  • Health Care

    The Atlantic's Health Equity Summit

    The Atlantic will explore what the health-care system is doing to combat inequities across race, age, and gender and to improve health outcomes for all Americans.