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Seminar Scholarship Opportunities

Full Scholarships are being offered to UNM health sciences students ,law school students, faculty as well as clients of Comadre a Comadre, members of the New Mexico Cancer Council, and clients of People Living through Cancer.

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UNM Cancer Center Foundation

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UNM Cancer Center Foundation Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund
P.O. Drawer C
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2014 Tentative Schedule


  • “Access to clinical trials; consent to treatment”
  • Terri Stewart, CCRP
  • Director of the Clinical Trials Office & Affiliates, UNM Cancer Center and Executive Director of the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance

9:00am to 9:45am

  • “Economic issues & government regulation facing private practices doing clinical trials”
  • Dr. Barbara McAneny, MD, CEO
  • AMA Council of Medical Service & American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) Board of Directors and their Clinical Practice committee, Chair Elect of the Board of Trustees of the AMA, CEO of New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants, LTD.

9:45am to 9:55am


9:55am to 10:40am

  • “Congressional attention to economic disparities in public/private facilities for clinical trials”
  • Michelle Lujan Grisham, Esq
  • US House of Representatives; New Mexico’s 1st District

10:40am to 11:45

  • “Basics of Low Level Ionizing Radiation Effects & Research”
  • Dr. Ila Pillalamarri
  • Associate Research Scientist; Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center

11:45am to 12:15pm

  • Complimentary Lunch

12:15pm to 1:00pm

  • “Medical and Legal Ethics and Issues: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA)”
  • Steven Ballinger, Esq.
  • Adjunct Professor, Barry University, Division of Health Management Programs; Adjunct Professor, Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sci¬ences; Adjunct Professor of Health Accreditation & Licensing; Adjunct Lecturer of Risk Management and Medical Jurisprudence, Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine

1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • “Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing”
  • Dr. Tom Cushing, MD
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Genetics, and Dysmorphology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine; Diplomat of the Ameri¬can Board of Medical Genetics

2:00pm to 3:00pm

  • “Incidental Findings in Whole Genome Sequencing”
  • Dr. Darrell Dinnwiddie, PhD
  • Assistant Professor Department of Pediatrics, Uni¬versity of New Mexico, School of Medicine; KL2 Scholar Clinical Translational Science Center, Univer¬sity of New Mexico

3:00pm to 3:15


3:15pm to 4:15pm

  • “A Clinical Perspective on Next Generation Sequencing”
  • Lori Ballinger, CGC
  • Senior Genetic Counselor, Diplomat of American Board of Medical Genetics & American Board of Genetic Counseling, Senior Genetic Counselor at University of New Mexico Cancer Research and Treatment Center; Lecturer III Internal Medicine; Instructor for the School of Medicine

4:15pm to 5:00pm

  • “Case Presentation & Discussion”
  • Lori Ballinger, CGC and
  • Steven Ballinger, Esq.

PRESS RELEASE: 4th Annual Advocacy for Cancer Patients

For Immediate Release: Medical/Health Submission
Contact: Kyle Marksteiner, 575-706-2324
August 28, 2014

Genetic Testing Will Be Key Element
During Upcoming Cancer Patients Seminar

The scientific, ethical and legal issues surrounding genetic testing will be a primary discussion point at the upcoming 4th Annual Advocacy for Cancer Patients Seminar to be held October 23 at the New Mexico Bar Center in Albuquerque.

The seminar is meant to be both an awareness campaign for the public and a fundraiser in support of the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Cancer Fund at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. The public is encouraged to attend, but the presentations will also be offered as Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) classes.

Highlights from this year’s seminar will include a presentation by Lori Ballinger, titled “Privacy issues in genetic research, sharing the information learned from genetic testing.”

Ballinger is a genetic counselor with 30 years of experience in the field across many aspects of human genetics and disease. In addition to her current position of Senior Genetic Counselor at the University of New Mexico Cancer Research and Treatment Center, she is a lecturer for the Department of Internal Medicine and is an ad hoc instructor for the School of Medicineas well as the UNM School of Nursing.

“Ms. Ballinger has worked in genetics and research across the spectrum of the human lifespan,” noted event host Jeff Diamond. “Genetics research is the most critical medical research topic going on right now, and this seminar is the ideal place to examine the topic from a legal, medical and ethical point of view.”

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham, representing New Mexico’s First District, will address what Congress can do to address economic disparities in public and private facilities.

“We’re all thrilled to have an attorney and representative of Michelle Lujan-Grisham’s caliber participating at our summit,” Diamond added. “Our battle against cancer needs to be fought on all fronts, from genetic research to the political arena.”

Additional presenters will include:

• Dr. Darrel Dinwiddie, who will discuss incidental findings in genome sequencing;
• Dr. Tom Cushing, whose discussion will evaluate the legal issues of direct to consumer genetic testing;
• Steven R. Ballinger, Esq., who will discuss legal protections in genetic testing;
• Dr. Barbara McAneny, who will talk about economic issues and governmental regulations facing private practices during clinical trials;
• Dr. Ila Pillalamarri, who will cover the basics of low level ionizing radiation effects;
• Director Terri Stewart, who will discuss access to clinical trials.

Jeff and Evy Diamond’s son, Shannon J. Shaw, died from malignant melanoma on Aug. 31, 2009. He was the supervising petroleum engineer for the Bureau of Land Management in Santa Fe and received treatment at UNM Cancer Center. A website telling Shannon’s story and providing more information about the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Cancer Fund has been set up at www.listentoyourmom.org.

Steven Ballinger, Esq.

Steven Ballinger received graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law. Early in his career, Mr. Ballinger practiced in all areas of health care law, administrative law, malpractice defense, compliance and health care contracting. In March 1994, he established the Law Office of Steven R. Ballinger and has continued his practice in the fields of Health Care Law and Litigation.

Mr. Ballinger is also an Adjunct Professor of Health Accreditation and Licensing, Master’s in Health Law Program, Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova-Southeastern University and an Adjunct Lecturer in Risk Management and Medical Jurisprudence, Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine. He is member of the Healthcare Law Section and Administrative Law Sections of the Florida Bar.

Events and Learning Experiences

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Additional Seminar Information

  • Presentation by Nathan Kottkamp, Esq.
  • Presentation by Honorable Gary King
  • Plenary Session
  • 3rd Annual Advocacy for Cancer Patients Gallery

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8:00 a.m.
Overview of Program
Jeff Diamond, Esq., Jeff Diamond Law Firm & Program Sponsor

8:05 a.m.
Welcome & Greeting
Dr. Wadih Arap, MD, PhD, Deputy Director, UNM Cancer Center and Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine

8:30 a.m.
Advanced Healthcare Directives, Legal Drafting, and Client Counseling
Nathan Kottkamp, Esq., Founder of the national health decision day, expert on health law and advanced care planning, partner, Health Law at McGuireWoods, Virginia


9:30 a.m.
Patient Navigation and Survivorship Planning: The Importance of Meeting the Standards of the American College of Surgeons and The Counsel on Cancer
Dr. Elba Saavedra, Assistant Professor for Research at UNM College of Education & Senior Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, Patient Navigation Expert

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m.
The Rights of Individuals to Health Care Under ACA & State & Federal Law
Pamelya Herndon, Esq., Executive Director Southwest Women's Law Center

12:00 p.m.
The Methodology and Techniques for Treating Cancer Patients at Home
Dr. Barbara L. McAneny, MD, CEO of New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants, Inc. & Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association and New Mexico Cancer Center

1:00 p.m.
Enforcement of Rights to Medical Care & Insurance by the Attorney General
Honorable Gary King, Esq., New Mexico Attorney General

2:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: The New Age of Insurance and Getting Payments for Health Care – A View From the Trenches
Moderator: Jeff Diamond, Esq.
Dr. Nandini Kuehn, PhD, Director, Health Services Consulting and Board of Directors, New Mexico Health Connections (non-profit)
Jason Sandel, Vice-Chairman of the New Mexico Insurance Exchange
Phil Mims, MA Finance, Cress Insurance Consultants, Inc.

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m.
Meeting the Shortage of Health Care Personnel as Presented to the LFC Report On May 15th with Recommended Legislative Changes in Licensing, Regulation, Scope of Practice & Equal Access to Medical Personnel
Jane Batson, BS, MA, Interim Vice President for External Affairs, ENMU-Roswell, Health Policy Expert


4:00 p.m.
Protecting Employee Rights During the Fight for Survival from Cancer
Rita Siegel, Esq., Siegel Law Firm, Albuquerque Labor and Employment Attorney

NM Action Center

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