2022 ACS CAN 9th Annual Rhode Island Research Breakfast

Friday, October 7, 2022 - 7:30am to 9:30amEST
Providence Marriott
1 Orms St.
Providence, RI 02904

Please join us for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Research Breakfast!

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will host its 9th annual Rhode Island Research Breakfast on Friday, October 7th from 7:30am – 9:30am (Breakfast/Registration: 7:30am | Program 8:00 am – 9:30am) at the Providence Marriott (1 Orms St). Like year’s past, the breakfast will bring together key leaders and decision makers in government, research and academia to discuss the cancer research and innovation happening in Rhode Island.

Our 9th annual event will highlight:

Empowering Innovation. Rhode Island is home to a growing biomedical and life science industry sector. Scientific discovery and innovation ecosystems are powering a revolution in cancer screening, early detection, diagnostics, and treatments.

Unlocking Personalized Medicine. A key focus will be the importance of biomarker testing to help guide treatment selection for patients.  Getting the right treatment to the right patient is revolutionizing cancer care.

Access. Eliminating cancer relies as much on public policy as it does on medical research. Cancer fighting public policies such as improved access to care and sustained investments in medical research help ensure our innovation ecosystem stays strong and helps improve health equity, ensuring all patients and families receive the care they need.

This year's speakers include:

Speakers will be updated as they are confirmed.


Vic Vetters, General Manager, NBC10/WJAR


 Bernard Jackvony, JD, RI Research Breakfast Committee Chair, ACS CAN National Board Member 

The Honorable Jack Reed, U.S. Senator, Rhode Island 

Wafik S. El-Deiry, MD, PhD, FACP,  Associate Dean for Oncologic Sciences, Warren Alpert Medical School; Director of the Legorreta Cancer Center at Brown University, Director of the Joint Program in Cancer Biology, Brown University and affiliated hospitals

ACS CAN RI Cancer Caucus Recognition

The Honorable Joseph Shekarchi, Speaker of the Rhode Island House

The Honorable Dominick Ruggerio, President of the Rhode Island Senate


Jeremy L. Warner MD, MS, FAMIA, FASCO, Director Brown/Lifespan Center for Cancer Bioinformatics and Data Science (CCBiDS)

Panel Moderator

Stephanie Graff, MD, FACP, Director of Breast Oncology, Lifespan Cancer Institute


DaeHee Kim, MD, Interventional Radiologist, Rhode Island Medical Imaging, Lifespan Cancer Institute

Robert Legare, MD, Medical Director, Smilow Cancer Hospital - Westerly 

Hina Khan, MD, Medical Oncologist, Lifespan Cancer Institute 

Medhavi Gupta, MD, Medical Oncologist, Breast Health Center at Woman and Infant's Hospital

A Patient's Perspective

Linda Dziobek


The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the nations' leading advocacy organization working every day to make issues facing cancer patients a national and state priority. Whether it is increasing cancer research and prevention funding or improving access to health coverage, ACS CAN protect the needs of patients and families, working to ensure that our innovation ecosystem remains strong and everyone has the access to care they need to prevent, detect and fight cancer.

Corporate and Individual Sponsorship Opportunities

Corporate and Individual Sponsorships are available to support the annual ACS CAN Rhode Island Research Breakfast and the important work that ACS CAN does every day.

To learn more about Corporate Event Sponsorship Opportunities click here. To become a corporate sponsor, click the button  "BECOME A CORPORATE SPONSOR" at the top of the page or click here.

Individual Sponsorships are also available. To learn more about Individual Sponsorship Opportunities click here. To become an Individual Sponsor or purchase a ticket please click here

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors!




Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC


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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

F.L. Putnam






Bryant University

CharterCARE Health Partners

Janssen Oncology

Navigant Credit Union

Rockland Trust

Rubius Therapeutics


Stowe & Degon, LLC

Tufts Health Plan, a Point32Health Company

Washington Trust Company


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Salve Regina University


Sharon and Stephen Jackson


For more information on becoming a sponsor, please contact Cori Chandler at [email protected].