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Insurance Disparities and Access to Cancer Care

During this session, panelists discussed issues around insurance disparities and access to cancer care.





Fumiko Chino, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Fumiko Chino, MD is a cancer researcher and assistant attending in Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She graduated medical school (Alpha Omega Alpha) and completed residency at Duke School of Medicine (Chief Resident). She is a Director at the Costs of Care group, a global NGO focused on affordability in health care. Her research is focused on the financial toxicity of cancer care, health care disparities and access, patient reported outcomes, shared decision making, survivorship and end-of-life care. Her work has been published in Lancet Oncology, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Oncology, Cancer and the ASCO Education Book, and her commentary on health care reform and cancer care has been featured in JAMA Oncology, The Los Angeles Times and The Conversation. Her work has been covered by national news media outlets including the New York Times, Forbes, NPR and U.S. News and World Report. She has received research support from the Radiation Oncology Institute, the Chanel Foundation and an ASCO Merit Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation and has spoken across the U.S. and internationally on the costs of cancer care.

Justin Barnes, MD
Washington University School of Medicine

Justin M. Barnes, MD, MS, is a rising PGY-2 in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Washington University in St. Louis. He became interested in health disparities and health care policy shortly after moving to St. Louis for medical school and seeing firsthand the striking disparities in health outcomes based on race and zip code. Justin became involved in research evaluating the impacts of health policy on cancer outcomes during his first year of medical school. His pre-medical education was in statistics (completed an MS), and he has enjoyed tackling harder-to-answer health policy questions with novel adaptations of analytical methods. Justin’s work has been featured in podium presentations at ASCO and ASTRO and in journals such as Cancer, JAMA Pediatrics, and Oral Oncology. Most importantly, however, he hopes that he and his work will ultimately inform future policies to improve access to care and outcomes for cancer patients. Outside of work, Justin enjoys spending time with his wife and playing with his 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son.

Junzo Chino, MD
Duke University Medical Center

Junzo Chino, MD, is the director of brachytherapy at Duke Cancer Center, and specializes in the care of Gynecologic Malignancies. He currently serves at the Senior Editor of the GYN section of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics, as well as actively participating in several committees at ASTRO and the American Brachytherapy Society. His research interests focus on the optimal use of radiation therapy in the treatment of gynecologic cancers, novel educational initiatives in radiation oncology training and health services research. 

Vonetta Williams, MD, PhD
University of Washington

Vonetta M. Williams MD, PhD, is a graduating resident from the University of Washington, Department of Radiation Oncology. She is a founding member of the ARRO Equity and Inclusion subcommittee where she served as Vice Chair. She is committed to advocating for issues of diversity, equity and inclusion within medicine and radiation oncology specifically. She originally coined the hashtag #DEIinRO as a way to bring attention to the group and the issues that they promote on social media. Her long term research interests are focused on HPV and cervical cancer translational research and clinical trial development. She is passionate about being part of research that will improve the outcomes for women with cervical both in the U.S. and globally.
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