Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | New York, NY

People v. Cancer

Rethinking everything we know

Personalized medicine. Modernized clinical trials. Next generation immunotherapy.

For decades, cancer treatment came down to three things: surgery, radiation, chemotherapy. But medical breakthroughs are revolutionizing the way doctors, patients and their families think about a cancer diagnosis – and complicating their decision-making.

What does it mean to live with cancer today? And how do we lead with empathy and compassion to ensure that the treatment is right for the patient? At People v. Cancer, The Atlantic illuminated stories from the frontlines of the cancer community, from the latest oncology breakthroughs to the power of the human experience.

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  • Kate Bowler

    Author, Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved; Associate Professor, History of Christianity in North America, Duke Divinity School

  • David Chang

    President, CEO and Co-Founder, Allogene

  • I-Fen Chang

    Executive Medical Director of Global Oncology, Amgen

    Underwriter Session

  • Marcia Cross

    Actress, HPV Educator, “Anal Cancer Thriver”

  • Patrick Dempsey

    Actor and Producer; Founder, Dempsey Center

  • Raymond DuBois

    Past President, American Association for Cancer Research; Dean of the College of Medicine , Medical University of South Carolina

    Underwriter Session

  • Aime Franco

    Director, Pediatric Thyroid Cancer Translational Research Laboratory, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Thyroid Cancer Survivor

    Underwriter Session

  • James Hamblin

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

  • Rose Gerber

    Director of Patient Advocacy and Education, Community Oncology Alliance

    Underwriter Session

  • Laurie Glimcher

    President and CEO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

  • Kathy Giusti

    Founder, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation; Co-Chair, Harvard Business School Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator

  • Charles Graeber

    Author, The Breakthrough

    Underwriter Session

  • Samit Hirawat

    Chief Medical Officer, Global Drug Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Underwriter Session

  • Linda House

    President, Cancer Support Community

    Underwriter Session

  • Steven Kafka

    Executive Chairman, Thrive Earlier Detection; Partner, Third Rock Ventures

  • Ibram X. Kendi

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic; Director, the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, American University

  • Olga Khazan

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

  • Nagi Kumar

    Senior Member, Moffitt Cancer Center

  • Jordan Laser

    Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

    Underwriter Session

  • Adam Lenkowsky

    General Manager, Head, U.S. Commercial, Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Underwriter Session

  • Andrew Levy

    President, Chispa House

    Underwriter Session

  • Emil Lou

    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation, University of Minnesota

    Underwriter Session

  • Allen Louis

    Member, Broadway Inspirational Voices

  • Alex Marson

    Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology and Scientific Director of Biomedicine, UCSF, Innovative Genomics Institute

  • Michael McElroy

    Founder and Musical Director, Broadway Inspirational Voices

  • Jeanne Meserve

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

  • Alyson Moadel-Robblee

    Director, Psychosocial Oncology Program; Founding Director, Bronx Oncology Living Daily Program, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care

  • Sara Nayeem

    Partner, New Enterprise Associates

  • Andrew Norden

    Chief Medical Officer, COTA

  • Robert Nussbaum

    Chief Medical Officer, Invitae

  • Marshall Posner

    Director, Head and Neck Medical Oncology and Associate Director, Cancer Clinical Investigation, The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai

  • Sunita Puri

    Author, That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour; Medical Director, Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, University of Southern California

  • Dara Richardson-Heron

    Chief Engagement Officer, All of Us Research Program, National Institute of Health

  • Brian Rivers

    Professor and Director, Cancer Health Equity Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine

    Underwriter Session

  • Stephen Ross

    Associate Professor, NYU School of Medicine; Director, NYU Addictive Disorders and Experimental Therapeutics Research Laboratory; Co-Director, NYU Psychedelic Research Group

  • Xenia Rybak

    Cancer Survivor, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

    Underwriter Session

  • Diane Simeone

    Director, Pancreatic Cancer Center, NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center

  • Erin Schumaker

    Health and Science Reporter, ABC

    Underwriter Session

  • Jon Sullivan

    Director of Corporate Communications, Aflac

    Underwriter Session

  • Alison Stewart

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE, and WNYC Host, “All of It”

  • Wendy Tardif

    Executive Director, Dempsey Center

  • Yael Vodovotz

    Professor, Ohio State University; Director, Center for Advanced Functional Foods, Research and Entrepreneurship

  • Col. (Ret) James E. William, Jr

    Prostate Cancer Survivor

    Underwriter Session

  • Yousuf Zafar

    Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Policy, Duke Cancer Institute, Sanford School of Public Policy


9:00 am EST
Virtual / In-Person

What’s on the Horizon?

Virtual / In-Person

My Story: All of Us Against Cancer

Virtual / In-Person

Bristol-Myers Squibb Presents: Giving Patients a Voice

Virtual / In-Person

Finding Meaning in the Moment

Virtual / In-Person

Can Immunotherapy Scale Up?

Virtual / In-Person

American Association for Cancer Research Presents: Driving Progress Against Cancer

Virtual / In-Person

Your Data Could Save Your Life

Virtual / In-Person

A Preventable Cancer

Virtual / In-Person

When Music Makes a Difference

Virtual / In-Person


11:30 am EST
Virtual / In-Person

Aflac Presents: The New York Premiere of ‘Moments of Joy’

Virtual / In-Person

American Association for Cancer Research Presents: Collaborations Against Cancer: Patients Partnering with Scientists

Virtual / In-Person

Amgen Oncology Presents: It’s Personal–Advancing Precision Medicine

Virtual / In-Person

Bristol-Myers Squibb Presents: Survivorship Today

Virtual / In-Person

Networking Lunch

12:15 pm EST
Virtual / In-Person

Welcome Back

1:00 pm EST
Virtual / In-Person

My Story: Cancer as Metaphor

Virtual / In-Person

How Medicaid Expansion Saved Lives

Virtual / In-Person

The Truth About Food and Cancer

Virtual / In-Person

My Story: From Surviving to Thriving

Virtual / In-Person

Preventing the First Malignant Cell

Virtual / In-Person

Magic Mushrooms and Mental Health

Virtual / In-Person

The Community Embrace

Virtual / In-Person

Closing Thoughts

3:00 pm EST
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Coffee, Cookies, and Conversation

Virtual / In-Person



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New York, NY

Conrad New York 102 North End Avenue New York, NY 10282

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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