Topics in Breast Cancer

Recorded On: 10/17/2022

Speaker: Dr. Loraine Escobedo

Presentation: Geographic targeting of breast cancer screening services to high-need neighborhoods in Los Angeles County

Dr. Escobedo will discuss geospatial methods to use cancer registry data to identify high-need neighborhoods where early breast cancer screening programs may be targeted to be most cost-effective.


Speaker: Dr. Laticia Varella

Presentation: Recent Developments in Breast Cancer Treatment

Dr. Varella will discuss the main developments in breast cancer treatment in the past 2 years, with a focus on practice-changing clinical trials.


Loraine A. Escobedo, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist; Cancer Research Center for Health Equity

Cedars-Sinai Cancer

Loraine A. Escobedo, PhD is a Research Scientist at the Cancer Research Center for Health Equity at Cedars-Sinai Cancer.  Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Escobedo was a Senior Service Fellow/Statistician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.  She is interested in research that pushes invisible health issues to the forefront using multi-level, multi-component and replicable methods to characterize disease risk in underrepresented populations and for policy-relevant geographies.

Leticia Varella, MD

Assistant Professor

Weill Cornell

Dr. Varella is a medical oncologist and a clinical investigator specializing in breast cancer. She has led several studies examining breast cancer outcomes and has been a co-investigator in multiple breast cancer clinical trials. In addition, she teaches medical students, residents, and fellows, and was awarded the “Teacher of the Year” award by the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Weill Cornell in 2019. She will now be joining the Dana-Farber Institute as a breast cancer oncologist and clinical researcher, and will continue to focus her research on improving outcomes for young patients with breast cancer.