Together We Triumph Cancer Series

Advancements in Cancer Care

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 4950 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge

5:45 p.m. Doors Open & Hors d’Oeuvres Served
6:30 p.m. Physician Panel Presentation

The Together We Triumph Cancer Series is an interactive event designed to showcase the latest advancements in cancer care to community supporters, donors, patients, survivors and more. A physician-led panel will discuss updates on the newest treatments, research and screenings for cancer.

Event is free and open to the public but space is limited. RSVP by April 18 to reserve your spot. 

Meet our Panel

Andre Bonnecaze, MD

Dr. Andre' Bonnecaze

Internal Medicine and Palliative Care

constance blunt md horiz

Dr. Constance Blunt

Medical Director, Cancer Prevention and Outreach

Krystal Kirby, PhD

Dr. Krystal Kirby

Diagnostic Medical Physicist

Daniel LaVie MD

Dr. Daniel LaVie

Medical Director, Hematology and Medical Oncology

Victor Lin MD

Dr. Victor Lin

Medical Director, Genetics and Clinical Research

Moderator

Liz Koh

Liz Koh

WAFB Anchor

Bios

Dr. Andre’ Bonnecaze is a hospice and palliative care physician at Mary Bird Perkins in Baton Rouge and Covington. He earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University Health and Science Center in New Orleans. He performed both his internship and residency at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Bonnecaze is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been with Mary Bird Perkins since 2022.

 

Dr. Constance Blunt is a Hematologist and Oncologist and also serves as the medical director for Mary Bird Perkins’ nationally-recognized Prevention on the Go program. She is a graduate of Baylor University located in Waco, Texas, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center in Temple, Texas. In 2018, she completed her Hematology and Oncology fellowship at LSU Heath Science Center. She is licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. She has been with Mary Bird Perkins since 2022.

Krystal Kirby, PhD, DABR, MRSE, is a diagnostic medical physicist at Mary Bird Perkins. She earned a doctorate degree in medical physics from LSU and a bachelor’s of science degree in physics/mathematic sciences from the University of Memphis. She also completed a residency in diagnostic imaging at Mayo Clinic. She has been with the Cancer Center since 2022.

Daniel K. LaVie, M.D., medical oncologist, is a magna cum laude graduate from Louisiana State University and earned his Medical Doctorate degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans before completing the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Dr. LaVie completed his fellowship at University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Medicine and was honored as Chief Fellow of the Division of Hematology/Oncology. He has been with Mary Bird Perkins since 2018.

Dr. Victor Lin is a medical oncologist and research medical director at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with honors at Brown University before training in the National Institute of Health-supported Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), receiving both an MD and a PhD in Cell Biology. After completing his training, he joined the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an Instructor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology with a clinical focus on lung cancer and sarcoma and a research focus in precision oncology. He has been with Mary Bird Perkins since 2022.

Special thanks to our sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor

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Physician Panel Sponsor

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Gold Sponsors

 

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Silver Sponsors

  • ADC Therapeutics
  • Apellis
  • Astellas Oncology
  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • AVEO Oncology
  • BeiGene
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Caris Life Sciences
  • Eisai
  • G1 Therapeutics
  • Genetech
  • GSK – GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
  • Humana Healthy Horizons
  • Kite Pharma
  • Kyowa Kirin 
  • Merck
  • Natera
  • NeoGenomics
  • PharmaEssentia
  • Recordati Rare Disease
  • Seagan
  • Servier Pharmaceuticals
  • SiParadigm
  • SOBI 
  • Springworks Therapeutics
  • Taiho Oncology, Inc. 
  • Takeda

As a non-profit organization, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center relies on generous community support to extend world-class cancer care, free cancer screenings, national clinical trials and a vast array of other support services and community programs. Philanthropic funding from this event will strengthen our supportive and palliative care program for patients in Baton Rouge. The goal of this program is to help patients attain the highest quality of life and focuses on pain relief, other symptoms and stresses of cancer or other serious illness. It also supports the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of patients and their families with life-limiting or life-altering illnesses.