Childhood Cancer Survivor Conference

Saturday, November 8, 2014

ACE Program

After the Cancer Experience (ACE) Program is the pediatric and young adult survivor program at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center. It is designed to provide long-term medical monitoring for child, adolescent and adult survivors of childhood cancer. This nationally recognized program was established in 1989 and is one of only a few long-term follow-up survivor programs in the nation that provides continuous medical care from childhood throughout adulthood within a centralized medical system. 

After the Cancer Experience (ACE) Program
Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Children's Medical Center


Childhood Cancer Survivorship Conference
for survivors, families and anyone affected by childhood cancer

Saturday, November 8, 2014
8 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Moore Auditorium
Children’s Medical Center
1935 Medical District Drive
Dallas, Texas 75235

Join the ACE program in a day of education, motivation and collaboration as it celebrates 25 years of childhood cancer survivorship.

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Contact Information 

Conference Topics

  1. Update on medical issues of childhood cancer survivors
  2. Social and emotional implications of the cancer experience for families and survivors
  3. Navigating educational issues after childhood cancer
  4. Breakout sessions offered for a variety of specific topics, such as: cardiology, fertility, nutrition, support, and healthcare/financial resources


“Heart Health after Cancer” 
Daniel Mulrooney, M.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Deputy Director, After Completion of Therapy Clinic, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Dr. Mulrooney is the deputy director of the After Completion of Therapy Clinic and a pediatric oncologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He is a successful researcher in the field of childhood cancer survivorship and has developed a specific interest in heart function after treatment for childhood cancer. Dr. Mulrooney was the principal investigator of the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) evaluating heart dysfunction in childhood cancer survivors.

“Navigating School Issues: Elementary School through College”
Peter L. Stavinoha, Ph.D., ABPP & Michelle Harvey-Mahlo, BA
Peter L. Stavinoha, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor, Psychology/Psychiatry
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Children's Medical Center

Dr. Stavinoha is a licensed psychologist with specialized training and experience in neuropsychology with children and adolescents. He is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. He manages the neuropsychology service at Children's, and he is a Professor of Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His research interests include late effects of childhood cancer, traumatic brain injury and concussion, and the cognitive effects of neurologic disease. Dr. Stavinoha has extensive training and experience evaluating the neurocognitive, educational, social, and emotional aspects of a variety of developmental disabilities, learning issues, disruptive behavior disorders, brain injuries, and other neurological conditions.

Michelle Harvey-Mahlo, BA
School Services
Children's Medical Center

Mrs. Harvey-Mahlo is a passionate and dedicated educator with more than 16 years of experience as a special education teacher in both public and private education. During her career at Children's, Mrs. Harvey-Mahlo has worked as a hospital educator and school liaison for more than eight years with a variety of chronically ill populations including pediatric oncology, hematology, and neuro-oncology. Mrs. Harvey-Mahlo is an active member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Educational Specialists where she has served on both the research and legislative committees since 2010. Mrs. Harvey-Mahlo is a speaker on school services and special education advocacy on behalf of Children’s for various support organizations of chronically ill pediatric populations.

“Adjusting to Life after Cancer”
Stevie Puckett, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Children’s Medical Center

Dr. Puckett is a member of the gastroenterology psychology team at Children’s, where she provides assessment, intervention, and consultation services to children and families with various GI complications. Prior to joining Children’s, Dr. Puckett provided psychological services in multiple departments at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. She completed her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University, where she focused her research on better understanding the unique experiences of pediatric cancer survivors. In her clinical work, Dr. Puckett supports pediatric patients in building resilience and control, despite the often overwhelming health and social challenges that many patients face. She leads quality improvement projects to build better communication and relationships between patients and their medical teams.

Childcare Information

A volunteer childcare program including crafts, games, and videos will be provided for children ages 3 to 11 (must be toilet trained). Please indicate on registration form how many children will be in attendance.  Availability is limited and registration is required.


Children’s Medical Center Dallas
Moore Auditorium
1935 Medical District Drive
Dallas, TX 75235

Moore Auditorium is located on the first floor of Tower B. Please park in GREEN PARK. Vouchers to validate parking will be given at conference.

Nearby Accommodations
(For discounted rates, you must mention Children’s Medical Center when making reservations).

Embassy Suites
Rate of $105.00/night plus tax
2727 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
(Shuttle service provided to and from conference)

Hilton Homewood Suites
Rate of $99/night plus tax
2747 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
(Shuttle service provided to and from conference)


Childhood Cancer Survivor Conference
Saturday, November 8, 2014
  • Please register by Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
  • Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and the conference.
  • Registration fee is $5 for individual participants or $15 for a family. Financial assistance for registration is available. Please contact the ACE office for additional information (214-456-2948).
  • Please provide a current email address on your registration form so that you can receive a reminder and confirmation of your registration. All event correspondence will be sent to your email address. If you do not have an email address, please indicate on registration form.
  • Please check Facebook event Childhood Cancer Survivorship Conference for conference updates.

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Mail Check / Money order and registration form to:

Children’s Medical Center 
Attn: Cristy Ecton, Outreach Manager
1935 Medical District Drive
Dallas, Texas 75235

Contact Information

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Cristy Ecton