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Building Bone Health Knowledge with Dr. Susan Bukata, UCSD
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SoCal Myeloma Community Chapter
event Apr 04, 2023 / 06:00PM - 07:15PM PDT

Event Description

Up to 80% of newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients have bone lesions and are at high risk for skeletal related events, including fractures, spinal cord compression and need for surgery or radiation. Susan Bukata, MD, Orthopedics Department Chair at UCSD, will join us to answer your questions about methods to evaluate your risk of skeletal events, treatment options and suggested measures to improve bone health. Dr. Bukata is a respected international orthopedic expert, at the same time, she is known for her compassion, patience, and ability to communicate and explain complex bone health issues in easy-to-understand layperson’s terms. Bring your questions! You won’t want to miss this opportunity!

Schedule & Agenda

Log-In/Virtual Mingle
5:55 PM
SoCal Community Chapter Members
Welcome and Introduction
6:00 PM
Audrey, Todd and Diane
Member Spotlight
6:10 PM
Wendy Mickas

A myeloma patient shares her journey as a multiple myeloma patient.

The panelist Susan Bukata, MD
Guest Speaker and Q&A
6:15 PM
Susan Bukata, MD

 Topic: Building Bone Health with Dr. Susan Bukata, UCSD

6:45 PM
SoCal Community Chapter Members

Type your questions in the chat throughout the presentation and we will answer them.

Community News and Upcoming Events
7:00 PM
Diane and Todd Kennedy
Virtual Mingle
7:15 PM
SoCal Community Chapter Members

Let’s get to know each other!

Speakers & Moderators

The panelist Audrey Burton-Bethke
Audrey Burton-Bethke

Audrey joined the HealthTree Foundation as the Myeloma Community Program Director in 2020. While not knowing much about myeloma at the start, she has since worked hard to educate herself, empathize and learn from others' experiences. She loves this job. Audrey is passionate about serving others, loves learning, and enjoys a nice mug of hot chocolate no matter the weather.

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The panelist Diane Kennedy
Diane Kennedy

Diane has been an active and engaged care partner with Todd, her husband, since he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2017. In January 2020 they retired to devote their time and talents as patient advocates, HealthTree coaches, and grateful patient speakers/ambassadors for City of Hope. They are committed to helping improve and advance cancer care for all patients and feel a collaborative, virtual support group is an excellent way to help educate and empower patients and their families. Diane and Todd have lived in Orange County for over 25 years where they raised their two sons.

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The panelist Todd Kennedy
Todd Kennedy

Todd Kennedy is a Myeloma Coach and grateful patient. His background includes over 30 years working in the pharmaceutical industry until he and his wife Diane retired from their respective first careers to devote their time and talents as patient advocates, Myeloma Crowd coaches, and ambassadors for City of Hope’s expansion to Orange County. Todd is living life to the fullest with his wife and sons in Orange County, CA.

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The panelist Susan Bukata, MD
Susan Bukata, MD

Susan Bukata, MD, is the Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC San Diego. She is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating diseases and injuries that affect bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. She is internationally recognized for her work on bone fragility disorders, which range from osteoporosis to rare genetic bone disease. Her National Institutes of Health-funded research focuses on fracture healing and developing ways to help patients heal faster, without additional surgical intervention.

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