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May 16, 2017
Dr. Julia Close invites women attending the ASCO Annual Meeting to be a part of conversations about gender in medicine at the Women's Networking Center, either by joining for planned session or simply by stopping by to meet colleagues and have a cup of coffee.
May 12, 2017
Mr. Todd Pickard considers the effect of the team on professional burnout. Is your team a source of conflict and disappointment, or a source of confidence?
May 09, 2017
I take my responsibilities as a physician seriously. But when faced with my own sick child, everything on my to-do list—writing, research, even clinic—went out the window.
May 08, 2017
If you say things of consequence, there may be consequences; but the alternative is to be inconsequential. Particularly in these tumultuous times for health care and research, we need to speak up!
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Linda R. Duska, MD, MPH

Linda R. Duska, MD, MPH, is the editor in chief of ASCO Connection. She is a professor and fellowship director for Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Virginia (UVA). An active member of the Gynecology Oncology Group, she also serves on multiple committees and has authored several investigator-initiated clinical trials at UVA. Her research interests include the evaluation of novel therapeutics and targeted therapy for ovarian and endometrial cancers. Dr. Duska is active in the Foundation for Women's Cancers, where she is the Team Leader for the Surgeons Team for the Race to End Womens Cancers.

Mar 03, 2017
Whether it's your first or twenty-first time attending the ASCO Annual Meeting, you'll find that connections can happen anywhere, not just during sessions or designated networking events.
Aug 12, 2014
A few days ago I had the opportunity to fly in a small passenger (9-person) plane. I’m not a good flyer in general and really small planes make me nervous. I sat directly behind the pilot and decided he must be a good pilot based on his appearance and demeanor (the only data I had). He looked old...
Mar 13, 2014
It’s a hard question, especially for a surgeon. We surgeons like the instant gratification of going in and fixing things. As a surgeon who also gives chemotherapy, managing the end of life is really hard for me in a fundamental way: it’s (in a strange and very personal sense) an admission of...
Jun 10, 2013
Why do patients agree to go on cancer treatment clinical trials? We know that they choose to enroll for a lot of complicated reasons. As a physician and clinical investigator, it makes logical sense to me that patients with cancer want to take advantage of the best and newest treatments, even when...
Jan 04, 2013
A few months ago I took my then 17-year-old daughter to the Operating Room with me. I had a full day of surgery and she wanted to observe. She’s not really interested in being a doctor, but she is interested in seeing what surgery is all about, and (maybe) seeing how her mother spends her days. It...
Jul 25, 2012
Not many of us make house calls anymore. Certainly not those of us in academic medicine. There is just so much to do: patients to see, research to conduct, grants to write and rewrite. A house call can take up the whole day or more. A house call for an oncology patient at the end of life is also...