Plenary Session: Oncology & African Americans – Causes! Prevention! Diagnosis! Treatment!
Director, Office of Cancer Health Equity
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center
Wake Forest, NC
Dr. Winkfield, lovingly known as Dr. Karen, is the Director of the Office of Cancer Health Equity at Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Karen is a practicing radiation oncologist, specializing in the treatment of cancers involving blood cells. Through her current research and community outreach, Dr. Wakefield seeks to identify and understand factors that contribute to disparities in cancer outcomes.
Dr. Karen focuses on educating communities about the importance of enrolling in cancer clinical trials. She hopes to develop a platform for discussing how to enable accurate and timely dispersal of clinical information in the community, address our cultural barriers to accessing and accepting appropriate cancer care, and encourage policymakers to invest in initiatives designed to resolve inequalities in the health care delivery system.