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Doctors Presenting Talk On Cancer At Westport Library

The Westport Library will host a panel of doctors to discuss breast and ovarian cancers and current treatments on Wednesday, May 18.
The Westport Library will host a panel of doctors to discuss breast and ovarian cancers and current treatments on Wednesday, May 18. Photo Credit: Courtesy Weston Public Library

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Four expert physicians will discuss the latest research on breast and ovarian cancers, new guidelines for screening and methods of early detection and treatment on Wednesday, May 18, in the Westport Library’s McManus Room.

The doctors include Dr. Thomas Rutherford, gynecologic oncologist; Dr. Kevin Jain, hematologist and oncologist; Dr. George F. Zahrah, hematologist and oncologist; and Dr. Valerie Staradub, breast cancer surgeon.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is sponsored by the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), along with the library.

Rutherford is a board-certified gynecological oncologist and one of the nation's leading authorities on gynecologic cancers. Prior to WCHN, Rutherford practiced at Yale University Gynecologic Oncology. Most recently, he served as professor of gynecologic oncology and director of gynecologic oncology Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, a position he held for 12 years.

Jain joined WCHN in 2015. He brings more than 13 years of experience as a clinician specializing in hematology and oncology, caring for patients with all solid tumor types, including specialization in patients with gynecological malignancies and breast cancer. He was previously employed as a clinician at Yale University School of Medicine, where he worked at the Smilow Cancer Hospital.

Zahrah is a board certified oncologist and hematologist who has been in practice for more than 15 years. He received his degree from the University of Ancona, Italy, and completed a fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at Brown University. Zahrah currently serves as the Medical Director at Norwalk Hospital for Cancer Genetics and serves as an investigator on several cancer clinical trials.

Staradub has been the medical director of the Breast Care Program at WCHN since her arrival in 2010. She completed a fellowship in breast surgery at Northwestern University, and her practice has been dedicated to breast surgery and the management of breast disease for more than 15 years. She is currently a clinical assistant professor in surgery at the University of Vermont School Of Medicine.

For information, phone 203-291-4800, or check westportlibrary.org . The Westport Library is located at 20 Jesup Road.

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