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SWRO
Executive Committee

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Claire Baniel, MD

Chair

Stanford University

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Claire Baniel is a PGY-4 at Stanford in Palo Alto, California. She also serves as Health Equity Chair for the Stanford Resident Safety Council. She is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin and attended Michigan State University where she attained baccalaureate degrees in Chemistry and Human Biology with a specialization in Health Promotion. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2020, and had the opportunity to complete a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship studying endogenous antibody responses following combination radiation and immunotherapy treatment. She completed her medicine internship at St Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, California, where during the ongoing covid pandemic she developed a passion for and came across many opportunities for patient advocacy. She served as the resident representative on the St Mary’s Ethics Committee, and is interested in helping patients navigate complex goals of care discussions and advanced care planning. As SWRO Vice-Chair, Claire has spearheaded The SWRO Consensus Statement on Family and Medical Leave published in the IJROBP, she is passionate about improving the well-being of physicians and increasing the presence of underrepresented groups in medicine through medical education, delivering care with compassion and kindness, and above all serving as a fierce advocate for all patients. 

Allison Rau, MSc, MD
Vice-Chair
University of Calgary
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Allison Rau is a current PGY-2 radiation oncology resident at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Toronto and graduated from the MD program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative clinical research during her Master’s and thereafter with projects at both Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto. During her medical school training, she co-founded an anti-racism book club to foster conversations around systemic racism and how physicians can be impactful allies with their patients and colleagues. During her residency her focus has been on patient reported outcomes in radiation oncology and an analysis of the palliative care ‘rapid access’ programs across Canada. Beyond her scholarly work, Allison takes pride in being the Resident Wellness Representative for her cohort and has an incredible passion to support residents’ wellness throughout their training.

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Lou-Anne Acevedo Moreno, MD
Events Chair
Medical College of Wisconsn
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Lou-Anne is a PGY-2 at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her internship at LewisGale Medical Center in Virginia, and research fellowships at the University of Southern California and Cleveland Clinic. She is originally from Venezuela, where she earned her medical degree at Universidad De Oriente. She is interested in promoting minority inclusion in medicine, patient centered care, and outcomes research. She is dedicated to her patients’ care and their needs. 

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Laura Flores, MD, PhD
Communications Chair
University of Nebraska
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Laura Flores is a PGY-1 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After completion of intern year in internal medicine, she will begin radiation oncology residency, also at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 

 

Laura attended New Mexico State University for college where she obtained a degree in philosophy with a special interest in bioethics. She went on to pursue an MD-PhD at the UNMC MSTP Program in Omaha, Nebraska, with a PhD in Patient Oriented Research. Her Doctoral work investigated the impact of exercise and bisphosphonate medications on maintenance of bone and lean mass in at-risk populations including postmenopausal women, patients undergoing bariatric surgery, and pediatric cancer survivors. Her background in clinical trial ethics and experience leading clinical trials led her to the field of radiation oncology, where she immediately felt like she had found her people. The field has been a great source of joy, with its mix of robust research, cool technology, and meaningful patient relationships. Within radiation oncology, she is passionate about bioethics, in particular as it relates to clinical trial design, new technology, and disparities in care. She is a founding member of Women in Academia Valuing Equity and loves to mentor women and underserved groups in medicine. 

 

Outside of residency, Laura spends an excessive amount of time on social media (perhaps the top qualification for a Communications Chair), loves to spend time with her anesthesiologist husband, Jeremy (they are just okay at crossword puzzles) and read books about World War 2 ethics (a recent interest). 

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Katarina Nguyen, MD
Mentorship Chair, Resident
University of Rochester
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Katarina Nguyen is a PGY-4 Radiation Oncology Resident at University of Rochester. She earned a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University graduating in 3 years with Departmental Honors and worked for a year as a Research Coordinator and Technologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She earned her MD at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she received a full academic scholarship and earned a Path of Distinction in Research. Having been born and raised in Seattle, Washington, then moving to Baltimore then Madison, she continues to enjoy making her way around the country, now in upstate New York. Her hobbies include various sports, hiking, eating, music festivals, and mentoring others. She has also earned the titles of Miss Washington Earth (2016), Miss Madison-Capital City (2017-2018) and Miss Vietfest United States (2015) which have allowed her unique opportunities including visiting the White House, speaking to Mayor Bowser in DC and advocating for gender equity, and creating mentorship programs through her leadership positions to inspire the future generations. She is excited to serve on SWRO Executive Committee to foster successful women and gender minorities in the field of Radiation Oncology.

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Winnie Wong, MD

Mentorship Chair, Attendings

Winnifred (Winnie) Wong, D.O.,  attended Boston University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship, and graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with a major in French language and literature, a minor in Mandarin Chinese, and pre-med.  She then served as an active duty Logistics Readiness Officer at Eielson AFB AK for a little over two years.  She then attended Midwestern University-Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, AZ, graduating 2008.  She did a preliminary transitional intern year at St. Petersburg General Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL, and then did her radiation oncology residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA, serving as Chief Resident 2012-2013, and graduating in 2013.  She was the recipient of the Roger E. Moe Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Fellowship her last year of residency, with a focus on the role of radiotherapy for patients with certain stages of disease who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy and mastectomy.  She was a staff physician and community outreach coordinator for the hospital cancer committee at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, TX 2013-2017, then transferred to David Grant Medical Center at Travis AFB CA, where she is now the Joint Radiation Oncology Clinic Director, and the chair of the hospital cancer committee and the lead for all tumor board CME.  She is currently completing a medical acupuncture course to enhance her medical practice and the lives of her patients.  She has a focus on screening, education, and prevention, and enjoys spending time in the amazing northern California outdoors with her two dogs, Melly and Norman.

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Kaidi Wang, MD
Membership Chair
University of Arkansas
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Kaidi Wang is a PGY-4 radiation oncology resident at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She attended Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate degree and University of Kentucky College of Medicine for her MD. She completed her intern year at Houston Methodist Hospital. She is passionate about medical education, DEI in medicine, healthcare disparities and cutting-edge technologies. She is excited to serve as the membership chair of SWRO to promote SWRO to the radiation oncology community at large and bring together members from all over the world.

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Taylor Jones Corriher, MD, MBA
Scholarship/Research Chair
Emory University
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Taylor is a PGY-4 radiation oncology resident at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is originally from Virginia and completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University.  After working as a healthcare consultant, she completed medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and also received her MBA at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Taylor is passionate about improving efficiency in healthcare delivery to increase access to cancer care. Through SWRO, she is excited to amplify the voices of women in the field of radiation oncology and to increase awareness of disparities within the field as they relate to both patients and healthcare providers.

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Dasha Klebaner, MD, MPH
Advocacy Chair - Physician
Stanford, Palo Alto, California
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Daniella "Dasha" Klebaner is a PGY-2 at Stanford in Palo Alto, California. She went to medical school at UCSD in San Diego where she was lucky to connect with incredible clinical and research mentors who introduced her to rad onc. Prior to that, she received her MPH focusing on epidemiology and biostatistics at Emory University; during her time there, she interned with the CDC in Belize and conducted research in statistical genetics and cancer epidemiology in Denmark. Dasha is interested in translational and computational research, health policy, and economics with a focus on equity, and advocating for medical education reform. 

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Maryam Mashayekhi, PhD
Advocacy Chair - Physics
University of
Maryland, Baltimore
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Maryam Mashayekhi is a senior medical physics resident at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. She is originally from Iran, where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Physics. She then moved to USA in 2013 and completed her PhD, postdoc and (almost!) residency since then.

She is honored to serve as SWRO’s physics advocacy chair to bring medical and physics arms together. She has a strong passion for advocating for underrepresented groups, as well as patient education and advocacy.

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Joy Ogunmuyiwa, MD, MPH 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-Chair

New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
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Joy Ogunmuyiwa is a PGY-4 radiation oncology resident at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. She is also a Junior Member of the ARRO Executive Committee and Global Health Subcommittee. Joy is a Dallas, Texas native and her family hails from Nigeria. She earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University where she studied biology and global health. She received her medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Prior to residency, she completed her Masters in Public Health at Harvard University where her work focused on the social and behavioral determinants of health, the widening inequality within the global health architecture, and designing equitable responses to global health challenges. Her research interests are primarily in health disparities and treatment outcomes, access to tertiary healthcare in low-income and resource-poor settings, as well as the design, implementation, and review of evidence-based health systems and interventions.  

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Amanda (Amy) Khan, MSc, MD, PhD 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-Chair
Tom Baker Cancer Centre, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Amanda (Amy) Khan is a PGY-4 radiation oncology resident at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada whose RO department is located at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. She completed her undergraduate and Master’s degree in Medical Biophysics at Western University and then graduated from the MD/PhD program at the University of Toronto. Originally born in Trinidad and Tobago, Amanda immigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto where she lived in Rexdale. Here, she saw first-hand the role that socioeconomic factors and ethnicity plays in experiencing systemic barriers to entry to higher degree/professional programs. To this end, she helped expand the Community of Support at the University of Toronto’s Medical School which is a longitudinal program that supports students who are Indigenous, Black, Filipino, economically disadvantaged, or who self-identify with having a disability apply to medical school through mentorship, enrichment and leadership opportunities. Amanda is now excited to develop and implement strategic plans and calls to action to increase the diversity of residents and staff in the field of radiation oncology to foster an inclusive and safe environment that celebrates all ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identities.

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Phylicia Gawu, DO 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Vice Chair
Oklahoma University, Oklahoma City
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Phylicia Gawu is a PGY-3 resident at Oklahoma University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Brigham Young University and obtained her medical degree from William Carey University College of Osteopathic medicine.  Though she was originally born and raised in Ghana, she has lived in several places across the United States; providing insight to the impact of under resourced and under representation and helping her grow a passion for expanding oncologic care to under-represented minorities and minimizing the financial toxicities associated with such care. Additionally, she is very passionate about diversifying the face of radiation oncology. Currently, she is a member of the ARRO Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee and leads the efforts to expand the pathway for minorities to radiation oncology board-certification. She is also honored to serve as the SWRO DEI chair and looks forward to continued collaborations with people of diverse background, by creating an inclusive environment that illustrates the power of thought leadership through diversity; because truly, there is a seat at the table for everybody.

Senior Advisory Committee Members

Sara Beltran Ponce, MD - Chair/Vice Chair

Adrianna Masters, MD - Communications

Parul Barry, MD - Advocacy

Christina Small, MD - Events

Crystal Seldon, MD,MS - Research

Gabrielle Peters, MD - Membership

Sumi Sinha, MD - Mentorship

Hina Saeed, MD - DE&I

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