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    The Patient Champions

    Advisory Board

The Patient Champions Advisory Board is comprised of pathologists, laboratory professionals, and public members who collaborate with the ASCP Patient Champions team to shape the vision and strategy of the Patient Champions program. Board members guide the strategic direction, help determine potential partner organizations, identify events and conferences to help promote our Champions, and review medical information for the program.

Anna Cabanes

Anna Cabanes is a cancer epidemiologist and nonprofit executive with 20+ years of experience in research, epidemiology, health systems strengthening, community mobilization and evidence-based advocacy. A strategic thinker, she is passionate about disease prevention and provision of care for cancer control globally.

Anna is currently research advisor at Global Focus on Cancer. She worked 9 years with the nonprofit Susan G. Komen (USA) directing all community health and global programs. Prior, she held positions in cancer research (Georgetown University, USA) and cancer surveillance (Centro Nacional de Epidemiologia, Spain). A native of Barcelona, she has lived and worked in Halifax, Jerusalem, Madrid and Washington, DC. She holds a PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.

She has a record of leadership and achievements in public health. Her goal is to maximize the impact of scientific research leading to innovations in policy and practice for global cancer control. She has worked with advocates, healthcare organizations and governments, to innovate and integrate new cancer programs within healthcare systems; to develop national policies and establish successful care delivery models; and to mobilize communities through evidence-based advocacy.

Anna has seen the power of patient advocacy - driven by advocate‐led civil society organizations or individuals - in the advancement of cancer policies. She is excited to serve with ASCP Patient Champions to help increase opportunities for patient/pathologist engagement, disseminate best practices and evidence‐based information, and foster the creation of common partnerships and networks.

Cliff Sullivan
Cliff Sullivan works at Emory University where he specializes in Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking and Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics. His academic interests focus on optimizing laboratory testing and algorithms to improve patient care. Dr. Sullivan feels pathologists and laboratory professionals have a duty to educate fellow clinicians on laboratory utilization as well as patients on the fundamentals of the laboratory and its role in their care. One of his goals in patient advocacy is making patients aware of the existence of pathologists and medical technologists. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends while eating good food and drinking delicious cocktails.
Deedee O’Brien
Deedee O’Brien is the Executive Director of Ironstone Farm and Challenge Unlimited, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a variety of therapeutic interventions using horses to people with disabilities and mental health issues. Her experiences as the final caregiver for her mother and her partner have taught her the importance of education, gathering second opinions, seeking different opinions, and advocating for loved ones. That empowerment made all the difference in their quality of life as their health deteriorated, and gave her the confidence to make decisions for herself when faced with her own illnesses. She is passionate about working to make that difference for others. She spends her leisure time sitting by the fireplace and reading a good book.
Jeffrey Myers
Jeffrey Myers is A. James French Professor of Diagnostic Pathology, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Quality, and Director of MLabs in the Department of Pathology at Michigan Medicine. Following residency training in anatomic pathology at Washington University in St. Louis and a fellowship with his mentor and lifelong friend, Anna-Luise Katzenstein, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he was a member of the Mayo Clinic staff in Rochester, Minnesota where he served for a decade as Division Chair in Anatomic Pathology. He has served in a number of leadership roles for national organizations and is Past President of the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology (ADASP) and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP). His interest in surgical pathology with a focus in thoracic pathology is complemented by a strong commitment to quality, safety, service excellence and innovation. His current focus is understanding the value of working directly with patients and families to transform their experience of care. Together with Michele Mitchell, a Patient and Family Advisor (PFA) in Michigan Medicine’s adult Patient and Family-Center Care (PFCC) program, he co-chairs the Department of Pathology’s Patient and Families Advisory Council (PFAC). Their vision is to create and nurture a patient and family-centered culture of diagnostic medicine and personalized pathology care.
Lee H. Hilborne
Lee H. Hilborne is a Senior Medical Director in Medical Affairs for Quest Diagnostics. He completed his MD degree from the University of California, San Diego and his residency in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Hilborne serves on a number of editorial boards and was a long-term member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and president from 2007-2008. He was also a member of the AMA’s CPT Editorial Panel and now serves as ASCP advisor to CPT and co-chair of the Proprietary Laboratory Analysis (PLA) Technical Advisory Group (PLA-TAG). He previously served as the Quest Diagnostics’ medical director for the West Hills laboratory and national medical director for quality. He is also a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, at UCLA and was the Director of the UCLA Center for Patient Safety and Quality. He is also a consultant to the health program at RAND in Santa Monica. Dr. Hilborne has published many articles related to quality of care, medical appropriateness, and patient safety. He is passionate about patient safety and quality – making sure that patients get the right diagnostic tests at the right time and right cost – and strongly embraces the ASCP Patient Champions program so that non-laboratory individuals can learn more about the contributions of laboratory medicine to saving patient lives.

I chose Transfusion Medicine because I cherish building partnerships with my patients. As a provider of apheresis, I have the flexibility to speak with my patients about their diagnoses, treatments and alternatives without the intrusiveness of insurance companies dictating my time. It is this relationship between the patient and me that pushes me to become a better physician. Through these interactions, I have valued the ability of my patients to advocate for themselves by asking questions or seeking second opinions. By being their own advocates and understanding their diseases, I feel that these patients are able to ensure better care for themselves.

I am currently the Division Director of Transfusion Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Prior to joining UAMS, I was the Medical Director for Donor Services and the Associate Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. I completed my residency and fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.



ASCP Advisory Board Member Application and Role Description