Advisory Committee

Includes the last five past Presidents. Advises the Executive Council, functions as the Nominating and Resolutions Committees, and nominates the Margaret Hay Edwards Award recipient.

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Chair (Immediate Past President)

Jill Hamilton, PhD, RN, FAAN (2027)

Jill Hamilton, R.N., Ph.D. FAAN is Associate Professor and Senior Faculty Fellow of SDOH & Health Disparities at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Affiliate Professor at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Hamilton earned her BSN, MSN, and PhD in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a BS in Accounting from North Carolina Central University, and postdoctoral training in the nursing care of older adults at the Oregon Health & Science University. She previously held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was tenured Associate Professor.  Dr. Hamilton’s research interests include social determinants of health, health disparities, and the mental health promoting strategies used among older African American their families in response to life-threatening illness.  Dr. Hamilton is published on topics related to culture, social support, religiosity, spirituality, and quality of life among African Americans with life-threatening illness. She has done original research on the effects of Storytelling that incorporates religious songs and scripture on psychological distress among older and younger African Americans. The findings from this research are published in Cancer Nursing, the Journal of Religion and Health, the Gerontologist, and Nursing Research. She was a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar from 2003-2007 and a member of the 2014 Class of the UNC Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. Dr. Hamilton is currently a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Faculty Scholar of the Center for Spirituality, Theology & Health at Duke University.  She was the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina and the 2011 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Publishing’s Division Award for Excellence in Writing Qualitative Research. Dr. Hamilton’s work on religious songs was featured in the November 2012 Thanksgiving edition of Good Housekeeping magazine. 

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Clement Gwede, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, FAACE (2026)

Dr. Clement Gwede is Senior Member and Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior, Division of Population Sciences at the Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, and Associate Professor in the Department of Oncologic Sciences, College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa FL. He has served as Faculty Associate Director for Diversity at Moffitt Cancer Center since 2005, with emphasis on patient diversity initiatives and minority participation in clinical research.  Leveraging his training in public health and nursing, his research focuses on reducing cancer health disparities. Supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Cancer Society (ACS), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the State of Florida Biomedical Research Branch, his current research addresses health equity through culturally appropriate interventions to improve colon cancer screening rates among medically underserved individuals from diverse racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds. These research studies are heavily vested in cancer education principles, community engagement and use principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods.  

Dr. Gwede is co-director of the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network (TBCCN), an NCI-funded Community Networks Program Center (CNPC) leveraging community-academic partnerships to address cancer health disparities through research, training and education; and mentoring students and junior investigators in CBPR methodologies. Dr. Gwede has served on several national committees and peer-review study sections and has published over 130 scientific articles in health promotion, cancer education and cancer prevention and control. 

Additional information (Moffitt website)

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Ewa Szumacher, MD, MEd, FCRP(C), FAACE (2025)

Dr. Ewa Szumacher is a Full Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology University of Toronto, Canada. She is affiliate scientist in Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Odette Cancer Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute. She is an academic coordinator in Medical Radiation Sciences Program, Department of Radiation Oncology UofT. Her research focus is to understand patient preferences for radiotherapy treatments across different treatment sites (palliative radiotherapy, breast ca and GU malignancies). Dr. Szumacher aims to improve the care of cancer patients by working together as an interprofessional team in radiation oncology practice. This is achieved by: fostering an interprofessional practice in radiation oncology through continuing medical education (CME), scholarly work and research, developing an interprofessional learning environment and creating modalities for continuing professional education in radiation therapy by organizing interprofessional CME events, investigating interprofessional needs of cancer care providers and trainees.

Publications list (via PubMed)

University of Toronto profile (department of radiation oncology)

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Charles Moore, MD, FAACE (2024)

Dr. Moore is a Professor of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery and Co-Director of the Center for Cranial Base Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is also the Chief of Service Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. The focus of his research is on the investigation of factors involved in disparity of healthcare, with a particular focus on head and neck cancer incidence in medically underserved communities, including a special interest in health equality. Dr. Moore contributes to the research of craniomaxillofacial trauma and anterior cranial base tumor pathology. Dr. Moore has numerous Honors, Awards, and Professional Memberships.

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Kathleen Heneghan, RN, PhD, PNP-C, FAACE (2023)

Kathleen Cullen Heneghan, is the Assistant Director of the Division of Education, Surgical Patient Education Program (SPEP) at the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Ms. Heneghan is responsible for the national assessment and development of patient education programs in surgery. She collaborates with surgical specialty and professional organizations to develop, implement and evaluate the surgical patient education resources including electronic, print and simulation. The Surgical Patient Education Program aims to support professionals with evidenced based education programs and empower patients with the skills and knowledge needed for full participation in care.
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