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Partners in Treatment and Care Meeting Program

Location: University of Southern California (Mayer Auditorium, Keith Administration Building (KAM), 1975 Zonal Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90089)

Parking: Biggy Street Structure (1334 Biggy Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033)

8:30 a.m.

Registration, Check-In, and
Resource Fair Opens (Light breakfast)

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


Leticia J. Kees, M.S.
Director, Programs and Outreach
American Brain Tumor Association


9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Brain Tumor Treatment Trends

Thomas C. Chen, MD, PhD,FAANS
Director, Surgical Neuro-oncology
Director, Brain and Spine Tumor Research Group
Tenured Professor of Neurosurgery, Pathology, Orthopedic Surgery
USC Keck School of Medicine

Science and new technology are helping to provide patients with better prognoses while minimizing treatment side effects. You will learn about the latest treatments for brain tumors including: promising drug therapies, new device and cutting-edge options now available.


10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Break, Networking, and Resource Fair


10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Living Well with a Brain Tumor: Patient, Caregiver and Health Care Professional Panel

Josh Neman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Member, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, 
Keck School of Medicine, USC


  • Patient panelists: Shawna Escovedo and Natalie Reed 
  • Caregiver panelist: Steve Escovedo
  • Health Care Professional panelists: 
    Naveed Wagle, M.D.
    University of Southern California
    USC Brain Tumor Center
    Assistant Professor of Neurology
    Director, Neurology Residency Program
    Director, Clinical Neurooncology
  • Jason C. Ye, MD                                               
    Clinical Assistant Professor                          
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    University of Southern California
    USC Norris Cancer Hospital
    LAC+USC Medical Center

Local patients and caregivers share their journey as they are navigating through the process of living with a brain tumor or caring for their loved one who has a brain tumor.

Health Care Professionals will then to speak to the challenges their patients and loved ones have living with a brain tumor and offer their expertise. 

This session will give attendees the opportunity to participate in a discussion and relate with other patients and caregivers who are walking through a similar journey. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to the patient, caregiver, and healthcare professional panelists.   


Patient & Caregiver Roundtables

Attendees will have the opportunity to breakout into patient and caregiver roundtables or small discussion groups so that they can share their journey and experiences with each other, offer each other encouragement and make new connections.


11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Lunch (lunch provided), Networking, and Resource Fair


12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Advancing Brain Tumor Treatments: A Clinical Trial Primer

Clinical trials are essential to the development of new and more effective treatments for brain tumors. It can sometimes be overwhelming to understand what clinical trial options may be available to you.

This session will help answer some important and common questions patients often have, including what questions you should ask your doctor before participating in a clinical trial.

Gabriel Zada, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, and Medicine
Co-Director, USC Pituitary Center
Co-Director, USC Radiosurgery Center
Neuro-Oncology and Endoscopic Pituitary/Skull Base Program
Keck School of Medicine of USC



1:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks