Pap Smear to Papillomavirus: The Conquest of Cervical Cancer
Our progress towards prevention of cervical cancer is one of modern medicine’s great accomplishments. This presentation will highlight the evidence bringing us from the early days of Pap smears to the extraordinary contribution of human papillomavirus (HPV) testing and the increasing significance of HPV types.
Keynote Speaker: Robert D. Burk, MD
Professor and vice chair, translational research, pediatrics,
Professor, microbiology and immunology
Professor, epidemiology and population health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Attending physician, pediatrics, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Dr. Burk received his MD from the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed surgical internship at UCSF followed by a residency in pediatrics at UCSF. He was then completed a medical genetics fellowship at Johns Hopkins. He is board certified in both pediatrics and medical genetics. His research interests include the natural history of cervical human papillomavirus (HPV), papillomavirus genomics and understanding HPV variation and human disease. He has published over 450 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Burk has been a member of the Papillomavirus Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) for over 20 years and was the past chair of the group. He is a member of the executive board of the International Papillomavirus Society (IPVS). He has been consistently funded by NIH for over 30 years and is an elected Fellow of the AAAS.