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									                                A Way to Life
                                Sarcoma Services
                                at Huntsman Cancer Institute
                                and Primary Children’s Medical Center

                                                             Winter 2009

       In This Issue                    Introducing Sunil Sharma, MD
                                        Sunil Sharma, MD, is senior director of          Cancer Institute. He
           Sunil Sharma, MD             clinical research, a director of the Center      led a global oncology
                                        for Investigational Therapeutics, and an         drug development
           Launce Gouw, MD, PhD
                                        investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute        program at the drug
                                        (HCI). His clinical interests focus on           manufacturing
           Introducing Pediatric        treating patients with gastrointestinal          company Novartis.
           Oncology Specialists
                                        cancers (colon, pancreatic, esophageal,          He also worked
           Hospital Expansion           rectal, and liver), mesothelioma, and rare       as a physician in
           Scheduling New Patient       tumors (carcinoid, neuroendocrine tumors,        the Division of
                                        and carcinomas of unknown primarys).             Gastrointestinal        Sunil Sharma, MD

                                        Sharma is an expert in developing and            Oncology at Memorial
     How to Reach Us                    testing new cancer therapies. At HCI, he is      Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
                                        working to increase the portfolio of high-       City. He earned a medical degree at the
    HCI Sarcoma Services
                                        quality clinical trials, including Phase I       University of Delhi, New Delhi, India.
      HCI Clinical Nurse                (first-in-man) trials. He is also establishing   Sharma is a professor in the Department
         801-587-4268                   a translational oncology lab to support          of Internal Medicine at the University
 HCI Clinical Care Specialist           related studies.                                 of Utah. He holds a Jon and Karen
        801-585-7180                    Before joining HCI, Sharma built a               Huntsman Presidential Professorship in
            HCI Fax                     Phase I clinical trials program at the Nevada    Cancer Research.
   Orthopaedics at PCMC
                                        Introducing Launce Gouw, MD, PhD
  PCMC Clinical Medical As-                                   Launce Gouw, MD,           of Utah School of Medicine. Ray White,
          sistant                                             PhD, is an attending       PhD, HCI’s first executive director,
         801-662-5612                                         physician with             mentored Gouw during his Howard Hughes
  PCMC Patient Coordinator                                    Sarcoma Services at        Medical Institute research fellowship. Lei
         801-662-5607                                         Huntsman Cancer            Chen, MD, PhD, and Karen Albritton, MD,
          PCMC Fax                                            Institute (HCI).           both former HCI investigators, have been
         801-662-5606                                         His current research       mentors. Before joining HCI, Gouw was a
                                                              focus includes clinical    physician with Utah Cancer Specialists.
After hours, call the University
Hospital operator at 801-581-                                 trials of new drugs        Gouw is an assistant professor in the
2121 or the PCMC operator at            Launce Gouw, MD, PhD
                                                              that target the            Department of Internal Medicine at
801-662-1000 and ask for the
orthopaedic surgeon on call.
                                        disease processes of sarcoma. His research       the University of Utah and an HCI
                                        background is in human molecular                 investigator and physician. He also               genetics and bioinformatics.                     continues as an attending physician at the
         sarcoma             Gouw earned his MD, as well as a PhD             Salt Lake Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
                                        in human genetics, from the University
                                                                        A Way to Life    Sarcoma Services Newsletter - Winter 2009

Introducing Pediatric Oncology Specialists
                         Jennifer Wright, MD, is an                                      Phillip Barnette, MD, DVM,
                         assistant professor in the                                      is an assistant professor in the
                         Department of Pediatrics                                        Department of Pediatrics at the
                         at the University of Utah.                                      University of Utah, specializing
                         Wright specializes in medical                                   in pediatric oncology and
                         management of sarcomas in                                       hematology. He is a member of
                         children and young adults. She                                  Huntsman Cancer Institute’s
                         is also interested in long-term                                 Imaging, Diagnostics, and
                         follow-up of pediatric cancer                                   Therapeutics Program.
                         survivors and in improving                                        Barnette’s research interests
   Jennifer Wright, MD   cancer treatment outcomes for       Phillip Barnette, MD, DVM
                                                                                           include acute childhood leukemia
                         adolescents and young adults.       as well as clinical trials, research, and therapeutic advances
Wright received her medical degree from Indiana              in leukemias.
University, where she also completed an internal medicine    He received both bachelor of science and doctorate of
and pediatrics residency. She completed a fellowship in      veterinary medicine degrees at Oregon State University in
pediatric hematology and oncology at the University of       Corvallis. He received his medical degree at Oregon Health
Texas Southwestern in Dallas before joining the faculty at   Sciences University, Portland.
the University of Utah.

                                                             Huntsman Cancer Hospital is expanding to fill the
                                                             need of Utah’s cancer patients. The 156,000 square-foot
                                                             addition is scheduled for completion in Spring 2011. It
                                                             will include 50 additional inpatient rooms, expanded
                                                             Cancer Learning Center and Wellness and Survivorship
                                                             Center, and a new Breast Health Center. Visit
                                                    to learn more.

Scheduling New Patient Appointments
Our clinical support staff schedules appointments for        Pediatric Patients
new pediatric and adult patients. We coordinate all          Most new pediatric patients are first seen at Primary Children’s
patient visits, including scheduling appointments with       Medical Center on the fourth floor, suite 4550. The
various providers and services and obtaining diagnostic      pediatric clinic is open Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
information for the patient’s first appointment. We          p.m. To make an appointment for a pediatric patient,
work with patients and referring physicians to schedule      please contact Crystal Barraza, pediatric clinical
appointments as soon as possible.                            coordinator, at 801-662-5600 or fax information to 801-
The schedulers need the following information:               662-5606. For billing questions, please call 801-213-3800.
•	 Patient name, telephone number, and insurance             Adult Patients
•	 Referring physician’s name, office address, and           Most adult patients are first seen at Huntsman Cancer
   telephone and fax numbers                                 Institute in Outpatient Clinic E on the second floor. Our
•	 Diagnosis and date of diagnosis                           adult clinic is open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For an
•	 How diagnosis was made (physical exam, biopsy, imaging)   appointment, please contact Michael Kennard, Sarcoma
                                                             Services clinical care specialist, at 801-585-7180 or fax
•	 Existing medical, imaging, and pathology reports          information to 801-587-9792.
•	 Treatment, if any, that has taken place (surgery,
   chemotherapy, radiation therapy) and time period
   treatment occurred

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