3rd Annual Symposium - April 12th, 2019

3rd Annual Bridging the Divide Symposium

Friday, April 12th 2019
Boston Marriott | Cambridge



Combining Data and Narrative to Impact Policy – Dr. Dhruv Khullar
This is a video from the plenary speech of the 2019 Bridging the Divide: Cancer and Mental Illness Care Symposium.


Dhruv Khullar, M.D., M.P.P. is a physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and an assistant professor at the Weill Cornell Department of Healthcare Policy and Research. He is also a contributor at the New York Times, where he explores the intersection of medicine, health policy, and economics. He currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow at NYC Health + Hospitals, and as Director of Policy Dissemination at the Physicians Foundation Center for Physician Practice and Leadership. His work has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Health Affairs, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlantic, Slate, and other lay and academic publications.

2nd Annual Symposium

Bridging the Divide: Mental Illness and Cancer Care

On May 11th and 12th, 2018, psychiatric oncology clinicians and researchers from the Cancer Outcomes Research Program at Mass General Hospital joined with oncologists, community mental illness clinicians, patients, caregivers, advocates, and policy-makers in the second annual symposium dedicated to promoting equity in cancer care for patients with serious mental illness. This two-day event highlighted best practices at the intersection of cancer and mental illness care, advances in patient-centered research, the patient and caregiver perspective, the importance of communication across disciplines and institutions, and a shared commitment to promoting equity in cancer care and increasing access to research. Thank you to the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, the Mass General Cancer Center, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for their generous sponsorship and to the 250- plus attendees who came together to foster collaboration and generate new solutions. We are excited about next year!

View 2017 event agenda

Day 1 Videos (May 11th, 2018)



Day 1 Welcome & Introductions

Speakers: Kelly Irwin, MD, MPH, Director, Collaborative Care & Community Engagement Program, Mass General Cancer Center;
David Ryan, MD, Chief, Hematology/Oncology and Clinical Director, Mass General Cancer Center;

Joan Mikula, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Mental Illness



Research: Lessons Learned & Remaining Questions: Focus on Prevention


Speaker: Elyse Park, PhD, MPH, Associate Director of Survivorship Research and Psychosocial Services, Mass General Cancer Center; Director of Behavioral Sciences, Mass General Tobacco Treatment & Research Center




Implementing the Collaborative Care Model to Deliver Population Based Psychosocial Oncology Care


Speaker: Jesse Fann, MD, MPH, Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, UW; Director, Psychiatry & Psychology, SCCA; Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch



Patient Narrative: Arthur’s Story



Caregiver Narrative: Kelly Grill



Progress Made: Promoting Equity in Cancer Care & Research for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness


Speaker: Kelly Irwin, MD, MPH, Director of Collaborative Care & Community Engagement Program, Mass General Cancer Center




Panel: Barriers to Participation in Research for People with Mental Illness


Panel Moderator: David Henderson, MD
Panel Members: Beverly Moy, MD, MPH; Andrew Nierenberg, MD; Allen Doederlein; Richard Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO, FSCT




Partnering Effectively to Improve Care, Accelerate Research and Advance Policy


Speaker: Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH




Policy: Strategies that work, Broadening our reach


Moderator: Benjamin Sommers, MD, PhD
Presenters: Paul D’ Alton, D. Clin. Psych.; Inga Lennes, MD, MPH, MBA; Senator Cindy Friedman; Kathy Sanders, MD



Day 2 Videos (May 12th, 2018)




Day 2 Welcome & Introductions


Speakers: Bruce Chabner, MD, Allen Distinguished Investigator & Clinical Director Emeritus, Mass General Cancer Center;

Kelly Irwin, MD, MPH, Director of Collaborative Care & Community Engagement Program, Mass General Cancer Center



Engaging Family and Community-Based Caregivers


Speaker: Cheri Andes, MA, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Massachusetts




Supporting the Caregiver: The Need for Intervention Research


Speaker: Areej El-Jawarhi, MD, Director, BMT Survivorship Program, Mass General Cancer Center




Engaging Family and Community-Based Caregivers


Speaker: Shukriyah Brown, Collaborative Care and Community Engagement Program, Mass General Cancer Center




Panel: Changing the System to Foster Integration and Communication


Panel Moderator: Nancy Norman, MD, MPH
Panel Members: Daniel Breslin, MD; Vicki Fung, PhD; Gary Hodgetts, DipHE; Paula Richard, BSN




Roundtable: Coming Together to Create a Shared Agenda


1st Annual Symposium

Bridging the Divide: Mental Illness and Cancer Care


Held on May 5, 2017 in Boston, this event brought together a diverse group of leaders in mental illness and cancer care from throughout New England to: 1) interact with patients and families 2) discuss how to change the dialogue when talking about mental illness, and 3) brainstorm ways to close the gap in the inequity of cancer care for mental illness patients. In addition to patients and caregivers, experts from 30 hospitals, the American Cancer Society, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Massachusetts State Legislature and others participated in the symposium. View 2017 event agenda


View a summary of the 2017 symposium, and share your feedback with us. Open this google doc and add your comments to our working summary of the Bridging the Divide: Mental Illness and Cancer Care Symposium.


2017 Videos



Panel One: Narratives of Mental Illness and Cancer Care


Moderators: David Ryan, MD, Clinical Director, Mass General Cancer Center; and Ilana Braun, MD, Director of Psychosocial Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Narrative 1: Joan and Henry Archibald, Lipika Goyal, MD, Keri Brenner, MD.
Narrative 2: Caryn Metzger, NP, Anna Farago, MD.




Panel Two: Leaders in Mental Illness and Cancer Care


Moderator: Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD, Chief of Psychiatry, Mass General Hospital.


Emma Stanton, MD, Beacon Health Options.
Inga Lennes, MD, SVP of Service Excellence and Practice Improvement, Mass General Physicians Organization.
Representative Christopher Markey, JD, Chairman of the House Ethics Committee and State representative from Dartmouth and New Bedford.
Kathy Sanders, MD, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Mental Illness.




Plenary: Bridging the Divide


Speaker: Kelly Irwin, MD, Director of Collaborative Care & Community Engagement, Mass General Cancer Center.




Call to Action: Why I am Hopeful


Speaker: Oliver Freudenreich, MD, Co-Director, Mass General Schizophrenia Program.