MEDIA ADVISORY: 2016 Ruesch Center Policy Briefing: Fighting a Smarter War on Cancer

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 5, 2016) – The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center hosts its 2016 Cancer Policy Briefing, Wednesday, September 14 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Georgetown University Law Center.

The briefing will exam the rapid advances in science around cancer, increasing costs and clinical value of new discoveries, and creating a balance that ensures patient access.

The briefing will create a conversation among stakeholders across the cancer continuum, including patients, clinicians, researchers, and payors, exam the range of proposed policy solutions, and in particular the policies advocating by the presidential candidates.

2016 Ruesch Center Policy Briefing 

Confirmed speakers include:
Governor Howard Dean, MD, Senior Advisor, Public Policy & Regulation, Dentons
Louis Weiner, MD, Director, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Michael Sapienza, CEO, Colon Cancer Alliance

Agenda and registration information here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016; 9:00 -11:30 a.m. 

Gewirz 12th Floor
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Media interested in attending should email

The Twitter hashtag for this event is #SmarterWar

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About Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center — the only cancer center of its kind in the Washington, DC area. A part of Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Georgetown Lombardi seeks to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic and clinical research, patient care, community education and outreach, and the training of cancer specialists of the future. Connect with Georgetown Lombardi on Facebook (new window) ( and Twitter (new window) (@LombardiCancer). 

About Georgetown University Medical Center Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis – or “care of the whole person.” The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization, which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. Connect with GUMC on Facebook (new window) (, Twitter (new window) (@gumedcenter) and Instagram (new window) (@gumedcenter).