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Agarwala Hosts Melanoma Conference

St. Luke's Melanoma Expert Chairs International Melanoma Symposium in New York City

Sanjiv Agarwala, MD, Chairs Melanoma Symposium for the Ninth Consecutive Year

Bethlehem, PA (4/5/2012) - Medical oncologist and internationally recognized melanoma expert Sanjiv S. Agarwala, MD, Chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology for St. Luke's University Health Network and Editorial Board Member, HemOnc Today®, will serve as program director for the HemOnc Today®  Melanoma and Other Cutaneous Malignancies meeting on April 13 and 14, 2012 in New York City.

Dr. Agarwala is chairing the premier melanoma meeting for the ninth consecutive year since its inception in 2004. Joining him from St. Luke’s is fellowship-trained neurosurgeon Hugh Moulding, MD, Medical Director, St. Luke’s Brain & Spine Tumor Center. Dr. Moulding is serving as a faculty member and will speak on the treatment of brain metastases in melanoma.

More than 250 clinicians and researchers are attending this melanoma meeting to gain a comprehensive understanding of the disease. Renowned melanoma experts from the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Russia and HemOnc Today® editorial board members will share their advanced expertise in oncology, dermatology and cutaneous malignancies.

“We have a tremendous program planned; our participants will be exposed to the very latest information and expert insight into the world of melanoma,” says Dr. Agarwala. “This year's topics focus on melanoma surveillance; surgery and adjuvant interferon therapy; molecular information in personalizing melanoma care; the treatment of brain metastases; promising new therapies such as Ipilimumab and B-Raf agents; and other cutaneous malignancies.”

More About Dr. Agarwala

 Dr. Sanjiv Agarwala

Dr. Sanjiv Agarwala

Dr. Agarwala is an internationally recognized investigator in the field of melanoma and immunotherapy. He presents nationally and internationally on melanoma and is a member of the Melanoma Core Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG). In addition, he is a Professor of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Agarwala has published a variety of therapeutic approaches to melanoma and has led promising clinical trials in immunotherapy and targeted therapy of melanoma. He co-authored the book “Melanoma: Translational Research and Emerging Therapies” to help bridge the gap between research and clinical approaches to melanoma therapy.

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About St. Luke’s University Health Network

St. Luke's University Health Network is a nationally recognized, regional, integrated network of non-profit hospitals, physicians and other health-related organizations providing care in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania, and in Warren County, New Jersey.