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Oncology Overdrive

Jul 23, 2021

In this episode, Carol L. Brown, MD, discusses her role as chief health equity officer at MSKCC, her thoughts on the future of structural inequities, strategies to diversify clinical trials, and more.

  • Welcome to another exciting episode of Oncology Overdrive :13
  • About Brown :19
  • The interview 3:00
  • Can you tell us a little bit about your path? 3:10
  • Are equity officer positions helping institutions, or are they there as window dressing? 6:46
  • Are you optimistic with where we’re going? Do you think we’ll come out of the pandemic with new solutions to break down these structural inequities? 11:35
  • We must keep focusing on these issues 18:04
  • How does fear play a role in how we speak with and care for our patients? 21:22
  • Do you have ideas on how we can get more heterogenous populations in clinical trials? 33:00
  • Brown’s take-home message 40:09
  • How to reach Dr. Brown 41:11

Carol Brown, MD, is a board-certified gynecologic oncologist; senior vice president and chief health equity officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the incumbent of the Nicholls-Biondi Chair for Health Equity. She also serves as vice chair of Health Equity in the department of surgery. She holds academic appointments as attending surgeon and member at MSK, and professor, obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Disclosures: Brown reports no relevant financial disclosures. Jain reports she is a paid freelance writer for Lippincott.