The Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture

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The Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture

Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention: The Facts, The Myths, and the Gray Areas in Between

Oct. 18, 2018 at 4 p.m.
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Auditorium, Room 130

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase understanding of the disease. This presentation by Emily Bellavance, MD, FACS considers determinants of risk for breast cancer and evidence-based preventative factors. She will be joined by a panel of breast cancer experts to discuss and answer questions about breast cancer risk and prevention.

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Additional Information

Speaker and Panelists

Emily Bellavance, MD, FACSSpeaker: 

Emily Bellavance, MD, FACS 
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Department of Surgery
University of Maryland School of Medicine


Katherine Tkaczuk. MD
Professor of Medicine, Director of the Breast Evaluation and Treatment Program at University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

Elizabeth Nichols, MD
Assistant professor Radiation Oncology
Clinical Director University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology

Olga Ioffe, MD
Division Head, Anatomic, Associate Chair for Education
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Nikki Tirada, MD
Breast Imaging Fellowship Director,
Assistant Professor

Mary McQuaige, BSN, RN,OSN
Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
University of Maryland Medical Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center


  1. Describe lifestyle factors associated with breast cancer risk.
  2. Identify patients at risk for hereditary breast cancer syndromes
  3. Describe the options for pharmacologic and surgical risk reduction in high-risk patients.

Continuing Education

Accredited Provider with Distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing CenterNurses may receive 1.5 contact hour(s) upon successful completion of this continuing education (CE) activity.  To receive a certificate of CE, participants must attend the entire activity, then complete the evaluation survey and the verification of attendance form. Partial credit is not provided for this activity. Participants receive a CE certificate via email from the University of Maryland School of Nursing approximately 2-4 weeks after submitting their request, payment of $10 and required documentation.  

Accreditation Statement: The University of Maryland School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  

Conflict of Interest: It is the policy of The University of Maryland School of Nursing to require our continuing education activity (CE) faculty and planning committee members to disclose any financial relationships with companies providing program funding or manufacturers of any commercial products discussed in the program.  The planning committee and CE faculty report that they do not have financial relationships with manufacturers of any commercial products they discuss in the program.

Lecture History

D. Murray and Katherine Franklin created this endowed lecture in honor of their daughter Virginia Lee Franklin, BSN '54, for the purpose of continuing her lifetime commitment to the education of registered nurses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Virginia Lee Franklin, affectionately referred to as "Lee" by her family and friends, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and a master’s degree in nursing at Emory University. Her graduate studies and subsequent career focused on neurological and neurosurgical nursing. Ms. Franklin assumed a faculty role at the University of Delaware (UD) in the Department of Nursing. She remained at UD and was instrumental in its progression to a College of Nursing during her tenure. As a teacher and clinical instructor, Ms. Franklin was an active participant in the departments' curriculum development, its implementation, and its accreditation process. She is described as a dedicated professional who "continued to improve her knowledge of neurological and neurosurgical nursing and to develop expertise in nursing practice." She conducted workshops and seminars to disseminate the expanding knowledge and  science in this area as well as served as a consultant to the area Veterans Hospital and Queens Hospital in London.

Recognized by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for her expertise in neurosurgical nursing and assisted in development of their Core Curriculum in Neurosurgical Nursing, which in 1981 served as the guide for the national Certification Examination for that specialty. At the time of her death in 1981, she was in the process of writing a text book on this topic.

Past Lectures


Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention: The Facts, The Myths, and the Gray Areas in Between


Enactment of the Nurse Practitioner Full Practice Authority of 2015


Removing Practice Barriers: How a Legislative Success for Nurse Practitioners Translates to Better Health Care for Maryland Residents


Compassionate Care: A Fundamental Imperative for Today's Changing Health Care System 

Sigma Theta TauWe are pleased to have the support of the Sigma Theta Tau Pi Chapter for this lecture.  The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.