2020 Conference Schedule, 
Panels & Speakers

More About Hope Conference 2020 Presenters

Experts’ Panel presenters:

Dr. Elizabeth Herrington serves on the staff of Jackson Oncology Associates in Vicksburg.  She is a graduate of the Kansas City College of Medicine and Biosciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She also completed a hematology/oncology fellowship and residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  

Dr. Gailen Marshall is the Medical Director of the UMMC Clinical Research Support Program at the medical center’s recently opened Clinical Research and Trials Unit.  He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in biology and from Texas A & M University with a degree in microbiology/immunology. He holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and a medical degree from the University of Texas.  Dr. Marshall will also present a breakout session at the conference on clinical trials.

Dr. Jackie McDonald holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She also has bachelor of science and master of science degrees in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi.  For the past eight years, she has worked at St. Dominic Gynecologic Oncology Clinic. Her studies have been focused on hereditary cancer-causing mutations affecting the gynecologic oncology patient population.   Her passion for genetics is rooted in personal loss and the belief that the expansion of genetic testing in underserved areas and populations will increase longevity and quality in patients’ lives.

Dr. Jeanann Suggs is a radiation oncologist with Radiation Oncology of Mississippi at Baptist Cancer Center.  She graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in chemistry and mathematics and earned her medical degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she also completed her internship and residency.  She also holds a PhD in pathology from UMMC. Dr. Suggs spoke at last year’s Hope Conference on the topic of treating prostate cancer.

Breakout Session presenters:

Rick Henson is a former pastor who served Baptist churches in Louisiana and Mississippi for fifty-two years.  He is a graduate of Clark College, Louisiana College, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has a Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministries and Evangelism.  He currently serves as minister of music at Bethel Baptist Church in Brandon. He is a multiple myeloma survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient.

Dr. Robert Harris is a urogynecologist and founding member of Southeastern Urogynecology in Jackson.  He graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in biological sciences. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  He also completed additional training in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery at Duke University Medical Center.    

Leigh Fox is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  She currently serves as Vice President of Healthcare and Hospitality at SSA Food Service Design and Consulting, a global firm specializing in design and consulting for food and beverage operations of commercial, entertainment, healthcare, education, and other clients. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University and is a cancer survivor. 

Celebration Luncheon presenters:Roosevelt and Shay Greenwood are our featured speakers at this year’s Celebration Luncheon.  They have been married for twenty-four years and have five children.  The Greenwoods will share their story of pain, struggles, joy, and faith through diagnosis, healing, and a “new normal” after Stage 4 cancer.  The Greenwoods are also the authors of a book entitled If Love Could Heal, the story of their family’s cancer journey, which will be available for purchase in the Hope Conference vendor area.

12:40  Celebration Luncheon


Love Heals

•   Shay and Roosevelt Greenwood, speakers


Inspirational Music

•   Chip Wilbanks, vocalist


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To reserve a free lunch, please register by March 3, 2020.


Continuing education units may be available for the first 100 social workers and nurses who register.  For more information, email jwells@stdom.com.

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Handicapped parking will be available in the Baptist Building parking lot on Mississippi Street. 

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8:00   Registration/Visit with Vendors

 8:50      Welcome and Announcements

 9:00   Experts’ Panel

Elizabeth Herrington, MD, Jackson Oncology Associates (Vicksburg)

Gailen Marshall, MD, University of MS Medical Center

Jackie McDonald, DNP, St. Dominic Hospital

Jeanann Suggs, MD, Baptist Cancer Center


10:00   Break Options:  

-Visit with vendors

-Participate in CancerConnect roundtable   

 discussion groups for survivors and 

 caregivers

10:30   Breakout Sessions-Block A

11:30   Breakout Sessions-Block B

For each breakout session, choose one of the four options below.

Faith and Cancer (Spirituality)

Rev. Rick Henson, former pastor and survivor

Women’s Health After Cancer

Robert Harris, MD, Baptist Cancer Center

What You Need to Know About Clinical Trials 

Gailen Marshall, MD, Director, Clinical Research and Trials Unit, University of MS Medical Center (Session provided by Mississippi Partnership for Comprehensive Cancer Control)

Cancer and Nutrition

Leigh Fox, RDN and survivor