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SoCal Myeloma Community Conversation with Dr. Amrita Krishnan
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SoCal Myeloma Community Chapter
event Jun 08, 2021 / 06:25PM - 08:00PM PDT

Event Description

The Southern California Myeloma Community Chapter is very pleased to welcome Amrita Krishnan, MD for a special interactive conversation regarding the latest in myeloma research and comprehensive care. Dr. Krishnan is Professor, Department of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and Director of the Judy and Bernard Briskin Center for Multiple Myeloma Research at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California.

Whether you are newly diagnosed, in remission or relapse there will be content and conversation that will be relevant to you. Bring your questions and gain valuable insights from this internationally renowned myeloma expert! (Please note, since patients’ disease and history are unique, this forum is not intended to address or make treatment recommendations for individual patient-specific cases.)

This is a Google Meet. You do not need a Gmail Account to join. If you are joining using a tablet or phone, please make sure to download Google Meet from the App Store.

Schedule & Agenda

Interactive Virtual Mingle and Chat
SoCal Community Chapter Members
Join us in getting to know our SoCal Community Chapter Members better in this informal virtual mingle and chat.
Welcome and Introductions
Audrey Burton-Bethke
Audrey welcomes everyone, shares the event agenda, and introduces our featured speaker.
Conversation with Dr. Krishnan
Facilitated by Todd and Diane Kennedy
Hear from Dr. Amrita Krishnan about the latest in myeloma research and comprehensive care.
Q&A With Dr. Krishnan
SoCal Community Chapter Members
Bring your questions and gain insights from Dr. Krishnan.
Community Events Calendar
Diane Kennedy
Learn about upcoming events in the myeloma community that are designed to support and empower you.
Member Open Forum
SoCal Community Chapter Members
Further discussion about how to strengthen our SoCal Myeloma Community.

Speakers & Moderators

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 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 Amrita Krishnan, M.D.
Amrita Krishnan, M.D.

Amrita Y. Krishnan completed her medical degree at Albany Medical College in New York as part of a combined BS-MD six-year accelerated program, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Her postdoctoral training comprised residency and internship in the Strong Memorial Hospital Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester, as well as fellowships at City of Hope Medical Center, Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Hospital, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Krishnan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Hematology. She is also active in several professional societies. She is the former Chair of the American Society of Clinical Oncology plasma cell committee and former Co-Chair of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research Plasma Cell Committee, and former Chair of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network myeloma committee and is a subcommittee member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, a steering committee member for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the North American representative for the International Myeloma Foundation and is a member of the state of the science committee for ASTCT focused on defining the next generation of therapies in myeloma. Dr. Krishnan has authored almost 200 articles, abstracts, and book chapters, and she is a reviewer for several journals, including American Journal of Hematology, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Haematologica, Blood, and Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. An active researcher, Dr. Krishnan was instrumental in bringing successful transplant therapy to HIV patients with lymphoma when many believed such patients were too weak to tolerate the procedure. She is currently the principal investigator of an innovative trial utilizing zinc finger nuclease–based stem cell therapy for HIV treatment. She is also the co-chair of one of the largest myeloma transplant trials in the United States evaluating the role of minimal residual disease to guide maintenance.

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