ITP Conference 2010 - Speakers

Tanya Edwards, MD, MEdTanya Edwards, MD, MEd

Dr. Tanya Edwards received her medical degree from the University of Michigan. For the past 12 years, she has been teaching complementary and alternative medicine courses at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She earned a Masters of Medical Education degree from John Carroll University/Case Western Reserve University in 2002, and completed the Harvard Macy Physician as Teacher Fellowship at the Harvard School of Education in 1998. Dr. Edwards provides Integrative Medicine consultations at the Center for Integrative Medicine, as well as supervises a growing staff of complementary care providers. She also sees patients at The Cleveland Clinic Independence Family Health Center where she maintains a small primary care practice. Her clinical interests include nutrition for the prevention and treatment of chronic illness, as well as mind-body therapies, and spirituality and healing.


Jane Pernotto Ehrman, MEdJane Pernotto Ehrman, MEd

Jane Ehrman is the Mind/Body Coach at The Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine in Broadview Heights, OH.   Her practice focus is to help clients turn crisis into opportunities for healing and personal growth.  She works with adults and children on a variety of issues.  When she was diagnosed with breast cancer 21 years ago, she used Interactive Guided Imagery to manage the side-effects of chemotherapy and deal with life and death issues.  Jane has a Master’s of Education in Health Education from Pennsylvania State University, with an emphasis on Mind/Body Medicine and an undergraduate degree in Health Education from Youngstown State University.  She completed Post Graduate course work at Case Western Reserve University and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Department of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Medicine, Cleveland, OH.  Jane trained at The Harvard Mind/Body Medical Institute in Boston, MA, and the Academy for Guided Imagery in Malibu, CA.  She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, a National Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and certified in Interactive Guided Imagery from the Academy for Guided Imagery.  Jane has been a consultant to The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH, to integrate Mind/Body Medicine into their medical departments. She is a research consultant to several universities in Ohio in the area of Mind/Body Medicine and has published a series of guided imagery CDs for a variety of health issues.


Amy Geddis, MD, PhDTerry Gernsheimer, MD

Dr. Terry Gernsheimer is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Medical Director of the Platelet Antibody Laboratory at the Puget Sound Blood Center, and Director of Transfusion Services at the University of Washington Medical Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Dr. Gernsheimer’s major research interests include the diagnosis, treatment and pathophysiology of autoimmune platelet disorders as well as several aspects of transfusion medicine and medical education.  Dr. Gernsheimer serves on the PDSA Board of Medical Advisors.


Andra H. James, MDAndra H. James, MD

Dr. Andra James is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, where she directs the Women's Hemostasis and Thrombosis Clinic. Dr. James graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina, and completed her Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Duke. Her practice, research, and advocacy pertain to reproductive issues among women with hematologic disorders. Dr. James participates or has participated in a number of organizations that serve patients with blood disorders and is currently President of the Foundation for Women and Girls with Blood Disorders. Dr. James also serves on the PDSA Board of Medical Advisors.


Howard A. Liebman, MDHoward A. Liebman, MD

Dr. Howard Liebman is Professor of Medicine and Pathology at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA. He serves as Medical Director of the Special Hemostasis Laboratory at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and is Director of the fellowship program in hematology. Dr. Liebman received his medical degree from USC and completed his postgraduate training including a residency in internal medicine and fellowships in medical oncology and hematology at Los Angeles County - University of Southern California Medical Center. Dr. Liebman completed a research fellowship at Tufts University - New England Medical Center, Boston, MA, and held faculty positions at Tufts University and Boston University, before returning to USC. Dr. Liebman’s research interests include clinical management and characterization of haemostatic and thrombotic disorders, management of autoimmune blood disorders, and clinical therapy of HIV and AIDS. He has authored or co-authored 85 peer-reviewed publications and 26 reviews and chapters. Dr. Liebman also serves on the PDSA Board of Medical Advisors.


John W. Semple, PhDJohn W. Semple, PhD

Dr. John Semple received his PhD in Immunology from Queen’s University in 1986 and trained as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research of the C.H. Best Institute, University of Toronto from 1986-1990. He joined St. Michael's Hospital in 1990 and is currently the Director of Transfusion Medicine Research of the Toronto Platelet Immunobiology Group and a Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Semple has published over 120 papers on platelet immunology.  His research activities include several areas including anti-platelet T cell responses in patients with acute and chronic ITP, the analysis of how platelet antigens are recognized by the immune system, and how platelets may act as immune-like cells that are responsible for initiating and perpetuating their own autoimmune demise.  Dr. Semple also serves on the PDSA Board of Medical Advisors.


Michael Tarantino, MDMichael Tarantino, MD

Dr. Michael Tarantino is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria. He received a doctoral degree in medicine from the University of  Wisconsin School of Medicine in 1987. He completed an internship and residency at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center and a Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. Dr. Tarantino first became interested in ITP during his residency in 1988.  Since that time he has designed and/or participated in numerous clinical investigations related to ITP and other platelet disorders. He has authored numerous publications relevant to the diagnosis and management of ITP, especially as it occurs in children.  He is also active in hemophilia and other bleeding disorders research, and founded The Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Institute. Dr. Tarantino serves on the PDSA Board of Medical Advisors.


Joan YoungJoan Young

Joan Young is the founder of the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) and author of the book, WISH BY SPIRIT: A Journey of Recovery and Healing From an Autoimmune Blood Disease.  She has a BS in Education from Kutztown University and an MBA from Lehigh University.  Prior to her involvement with PDSA she was a math and science teacher and later led information technology system implementation projects, including work for a hospital consortia and several pharmaceutical companies.  She was diagnosed with ITP in 1992 at the age of 46.  After seven treatments failed to provide a sustained, safe platelet count, Joan turned to complementary medicine including diet changes, herbal remedies, and energy therapy.  She credits these and many other lifestyle adjustments for her enduring recovery.   Since founding PDSA in 1998, Joan was accepted as a member of the American Society of Hematology, attended many medical conferences, contributed to four scientific journal articles, and is currently writing a chapter for a medical text book on user-driven healthcare.   Joan is now semi-retired and continues to assist PDSA in various roles.

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