The goal of this dynamic panel is to educate, inform and inspire people from across the entire spectrum of the entertainment industry to not only take control of their own health, but spread the word on the importance of women's health at every stage of life. Panelists include:
Star Jones – Lawyer, author & television personality
Richard Roundtree – Actor
Dr. Kristie Funk- Founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills and surgical breast specialist
Dr. Chrisandra Shufelt – Associate Director at the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and Director of Cedars-Sinai's Women's Hormone and Menopause Program
Dr. Dennis Holmes MD, F.A.C.S. - Director, Los Angeles Center for Women's Health
Naz Sykes - Executive Director of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
The panel will be followed by a women's health fair from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Promenade. The Women's Health Fair is open to everyone.
Naz Sykes - Executive Director of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
Naz Sykes is a highly respected non-profit leader and is recognized for her innovative thinking, her passion to shift the cancer research paradigm, and her expertise in formulating initiatives to empower the public to get involved in the research process. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (DSLRF) and in the past seven years has made substantial impact on the growth of the organization. The Mission of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer and improve the quality of women's health through innovative research, education and advocacy.
In her role at DSLRF, Naz spearheaded and was the architect of the Love/Avon Army of Women initiative, with the goal of recruiting one million women nationwide to take part in breast cancer research studies. Thanks to the success of this initiative, she was able to elevate DSLRF as a national organization, which resulted in a volunteer base that exceeds 360,000 members. Naz also spearheaded the Health of Women Study, the first ever online breast cancer cohort initiative studying potential new risk factors for breast cancer and other diseases in partnership with City of Hope. In addition to overseeing and setting the strategic direction for the major initiatives of DSLRF, she is also responsible for the overall strategic planning, oversight and fundraising of the organization, which has totaled over $20 Million in the past seven years.
Naz currently serves on the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) Council, the largest state-funded breast cancer research effort in the nation. The Council is responsible for tracking the trends and opportunities for progress that arise in the breast cancer community, making funding recommendations, and planning future directions of the CBCRP. She also serves on the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) Board of Directors, the largest breast cancer advocacy organization in the nation, and has presented the work of the Foundation to the President's Cancer Panel. Naz was recently selected to participate in the International Women's Forum (IWF) Leadership Foundation 2012-13 fellows program.
Naz received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and psychology, with a minor in chemistry from the University of Denver and has over 16 years of experience in management, development, and strategic planning for non-profits. In her previous positions, Naz was the Director of Development for the UCLA School of Nursing as well as the Managing Director for the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, where in six years she implemented programmatic and fundraising strategies, resulting in $5 Million in revenues, and the launch of the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program.
Richard Roundtree - Actor
As a leading actor and audience favorite for the past forty years, Richard Roundtree has established himself as a constant presence in television and film.
During his career he has starred in over 100 feature films and television projects. Notable have been "Shaft", "Seven", "Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored", "413 Hope Street", and "George of the Jungle". Richard was the recipient of a Peabody Award for his narration of the PBS documentary "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow". He recently completed the feature "The Rift" and the BET pilot "Being Mary Jane" which is scheduled for the 2013 season.
Richard is a 19 year survivor of breast cancer and an advocate for early detection.
Dr. Kristi Funk - Founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills and surgical breast specialist
Dr. Kristi Funk, board-certified surgical breast specialist and founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, is an expert in minimally-invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for all types of breast disease. She has helped thousands of women through breast cancer treatment, including well-known celebrities, like Sheryl Crow, who have turned to her for her expertise.
Former Director of Patient Education at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Breast Center, Dr. Funk opened her own facility, the Pink Lotus Breast Center, as the country's first female-owned, female-run and fully integrative breast center in March 2009. The Pink Lotus Breast Center fuses state-of-the art screening, diagnosis and treatment with preventive strategies and holistic, compassionate care.
Dr. Funk graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1991, and received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She is also a former Oxford University scholar, and worked as a research assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Baxter Diagnostics. An outstanding investigator, Dr. Funk patented a surgical device used to increase operating room efficiency, assisted in the development of a method for the rapid detection of cytomegalovirus, and helped design an in vitro antimicrobial susceptibility test.
Dr. Funk's published works have appeared in Advanced Therapy of Breast Disease, Surgical Clerkship Manual, Archives of Surgery, the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
Dr. Funk's media appearances include expert commentary on the TODAY show, CBS evening news, repeat guest surgeon and co-host on CBS' The Doctors, and a favorite Lifechanger on NBC's Extra, where she often appears as a guest co-host and medical professional who interviews celebrities affected by cancer
Dr. Dennis Holmes - MD, F.A.C.S. - Director, Los Angeles Center for Women's Health
Dr. Holmes is an internationally-renowned Breast Surgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of breast cancer and non-cancerous breast conditions. As a noted leader in the management of breast cancer, Dr. Holmes is a sought-after authority on breast cancer surgery and breast radiation therapy and is regularly called upon to educate other breast cancer specialists on the optimal treatment of breast cancer.
As an authority in the breast cancer community, Dr. Holmes serves as Board member of the American Society of Breast Diseases, Program Co-chairman of the National Consensus Conference on Women's Health, Program Committee Member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, and Education Committee Member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, where he is an examiner in the Breast Education and Self-Assessment Program, a certification program for breast surgeons. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Holmes is the Chief Breast Surgeon and Medical Director of the Los Angeles Center for Women's Health, a state-of-the-art, comprehensive, multi-specialty women's health center committed to improving women's healthcare. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Center for Women's Health, Dr. Holmes held the positions of Chief Breast Cancer Surgeon, Breast Cancer Research Committee Co-Chair, and Breast Surgery Fellowship Program Director at the University of Southern California Kenneth Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
As a breast cancer researcher, Dr. Holmes is actively engaged in clinical trials that are focused on reducing the side effects and inconvenience of breast cancer surgery and radiotherapy. For example, he has gained international acclaim for his expertise and pioneering research in intraoperative radiotherapy, an innovative type of breast radiotherapy that replaces the usual 5-6 week course of daily breast radiotherapy normally given after lumpectomy, with a single, 30-minute radiotherapy treatment administered during surgery at the time of lumpectomy. In addition to making breast radiotherapy more convenient, intraoperative radiotherapy reduces radiation side effects on the breast, skin, arm, heart and lung; prevents radiation-related fatigue; and helps women get back to their normal lifestyles much more quickly.
What most distinguishes Dr. Holmes is the high level of satisfaction expressed by his many patients, Consistently, patients are relieved to find that Dr. Holmes is a warm, caring breast surgeon who has knowledge and expertise to help each woman achieve the best possible outcome from her cancer treatments.
Dr. Chrisandra Shufelt - Associate Director, Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center
Director, Women's Hormone and Menopause Program
Chrisandra Shufelt, MD, MS, is Associate Director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and director of the Women's Hormone and Menopause Program.
The Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center is designed to help women reduce their chance of heart disease through a preventive approach, including state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic testing. Dr. Shufelt is a women's health expert. Her clinical interests focus on contraceptive and menopause hormone use with particular attention to assessing women with or at risk for heart disease. She directs the Women's Hormone and Menopause Program that provides personalized menopause system treatment (hormone and non-hormone options), high-risk hormone counseling for women with or at risk for heart disease and cardiac risk assessments. She also treats resistant high blood pressure and complex blood cholesterol disorders.
Dr. Shufelt is board certified in internal medicine with advanced training in preventive cardiology and women's health. She is a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) certified menopause practitioner and member. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences and the National Lipid Association.
Dr. Shufelt is co-investigator on many studies at Cedars-Sinai, including those focusing on heart disease affecting small arteries in women. Her research interests are women and heart disease, menopause symptom management, and the study of the influence of hormones on heart disease. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the Journal of the American Medical Association and has presented at both national and international conferences. She is a community speaker, providing the latest information about hormones and heart disease, including prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Shufelt earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine and her medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). She completed her internal medicine residency in Santa Barbara at Cottage Hospital and a Women's Heart Disease and Health Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Shufelt earned a master's degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from USC.
More on the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center:
The Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute is playing a leading role in identifying female-pattern heart disease, developing new diagnostic tools and advancing specialized care for women. Although heart disease kills more women than men every year, until recently, women's heart disease treatment was based on medical research performed on men. Under the direction of C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center is working to correct these gender inequalities as well as to educate women on how to recognize female-pattern heart disease symptoms.
The center provides convenient access to all of Cedars-Sinai's heart disease diagnostic and treatment resources and is designed to help women reduce their chances of heart disease through a preventative approach, including state-of-art screening and testing. One out of two women will develop heart and vascular disease during their lifetimes. Two out of every three women have at least one of the risk factors for heart disease. These risk factors are identified as:
• Age over 55 years
• Family history of premature heart disease
• Cigarette smoking
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
Dr. Bairey Merz and her team have developed heart health tips and guidelines for women to follow to make sure their cardiac health is in top condition.
Star Jones – Moderator
Star Jones has worked in television for 20 years; offering a fresh perspective to the day's most talked about crime and justice, political and sociological issues from the worlds of news, entertainment, politics and pop culture.
Star, a lawyer by trade, is best known to television viewers as a co-host of ABC's The View , the host of a daytime talk and information program and as an NBC News Legal Correspondent and now Senior Legal Analyst. Her knowledge of the law and talent for television has won her critical acclaim as a news and legal correspondent, television host and social commentator.
As law is still her first love, Star for the last 25 years, was and still is, a licensed attorney in the state of New York. A prosecutor in Brooklyn, Star was named a Senior Assistant Attorney in the Homicide Division before she was 29 years old. To date, her felony conviction rate (31 of 33) remains the best in the county.
Star is an accomplished author who has written two best-selling non-fiction books: You Have to Stand for Something, or You'll Fall for Anything (Bantam) and Shine...a Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Journey to Finding Love (Harper Collins). Star's third book, "Satan's Sisters," a fictional account of the behind-the-scene