January's VGR Fertility preservation decision-making: Qualitative approaches to understanding patient and provider communication is now available online. Dr. John Salsman delivered the talk. Click here to watch this talk in its entirety.
Dr. Salsman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and the Director of Clinical Research in Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology at the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center. He joined the Comprehensive Cancer Center in July 2015 after spending his early research career at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2006 and has served as a principal investigator on NCI-funded work since 2011. His research focuses on maximizing the health-related quality of life of teens and young adults with cancer both during and after treatment. He does this primarily through three ways: improving measurement of patient-centered outcomes in order to “give patients a voice,” identifying factors that promote resilience and thriving, and implementing behavioral interventions to foster psychological wellbeing. Ultimately his goal is to minimize the adverse effects of cancer by reducing the stress and burden in order to maximize and sustain healthy outcomes for this vulnerable group of cancer patients and survivors.