The Lynx Group
Cholangiocarcinoma Summit
2021 Cholangiocarcinoma Virtual Summit

October 21-22, 2021

Summit Countdown

Loews New Orleans Hotel

New Orleans, Louisiana

Loews New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana

The CCA Summit organizers are proud to announce the finalists for the 2021 Cholangiocarcinoma Oncology Nurse of Excellence Award!

The Cholangiocarcinoma Oncology Nurse of Excellence (ONE) Award recognizes an oncology nurse for their outstanding contributions to nursing practice, patient care, or education in the cholangiocarcinoma field in 2021.


Meet the Nominees

  • Brenda Disparti Headshot
    Brenda Disparti, BSN, RN
    Oncology Nurse Coordinator for Hepatobiliary Medical Oncology
    University of Arizona Cancer Center

    Brenda received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University Fullerton in 1997 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing from Simmons University in Boston, MA. Brenda has been an oncology nurse since starting her nursing career in 1993 and has been certified in oncology nursing and medical surgical nursing.

    Brenda has worked in many areas of oncology including bone marrow transplant, radiation oncology, and oncology nurse navigation. She is currently working as an oncology nurse coordinator, specializing in hepatobiliary medical oncology for the last 3 years with Dr Rachna Shroff at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. She takes pride in being able to help patients navigate through an extremely complicated healthcare system and an extraordinarily complex disease such as cholangiocarcinoma. She feels fortunate to be able to witness how research is helping patients live better and longer with hepatobiliary cancers, and continues to learn about new treatments for these diseases. Working closely with the research team at the University of Arizona Cancer Center has motivated Brenda to expand her career, and currently she is back in school pursuing a family nurse practitioner degree so that she can work even closer with patients.

    Brenda has a strong interest in health promotion and education and has given presentations at local and national conferences on integrative health and nurse navigation. She has coordinated nurse education programs focused on integrative techniques and has worked closely with nursing staff promoting self-care. She has coordinated community cancer support groups during her career and has served on community advisory boards for oncology patients.

  • Jane Zorzi Headshot
    Jane Zorzi, BSN, RN
    Oncology Nurse
    Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Liver and Biliary Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic
    Jane Zorzi, BSN, RN has been an Oncology Nurse for over 35 years. She began her career on the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (SKCCC) Leukemia Inpatient Unit and later expanded her interests to the Cancer Center’s Ambulatory Care Department as a Primary Nurse and then as a Clinical Trials Research Nurse. She joined the SKCCC Liver and Biliary Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic as the clinic coordinator in 2019. She provides individualized care to each patient referred to the clinic, which includes obtaining and reviewing patients’ records, facilitating needed testing prior to being seen at the clinic, and educating patients about their disease and treatment options. She is committed to providing compassionate and top-tier care to patients from all over the world. Her passion is to provide care and support to communities in Baltimore City that are historically under- resourced and marginalized. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland.
  • Rachel Schafer Headshot
    Rachel Schafer, RN
    Nurse Coordinator for Surgical Oncology
    OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
    Rachel Schafer, RN, has spent her entire career caring for oncology patients. She started her career in medical oncology before moving to surgical oncology. She spent many years inpatient working with surgical oncology patients before transitioning to ambulatory surgical oncology. In her current position, she specializes in caring for patients with gastrointestinal cancers, melanoma, and sarcoma. Rachel has a passion for holistic care, health promotion, and symptom management.
  • Stacy Petersen Headshot
    Stacy Petersen, RN
    Oncology Nurse Navigator
    St. Mary's Cancer Center

    Stacy Petersen has been an Oncology Nurse for more than 15 years. Her oncology career began in the inpatient setting, ending almost as quickly as it began. Being an inpatient Oncology RN, she soon discovered how emotionally saddened she was caring for both nonterminal and terminal patients, and that in nursing, we all have a “calling” to a certain specialty. As much as Stacy wanted to escape from oncology, she found herself returning, in the outpatient setting. This is where Stacy has thrived and discovered that oncology is truly her nursing calling.

    Stacy started at an outpatient clinic approximately 9 years ago as an infusion RN. Within 2 years, she was the infusion charge RN; currently, Stacy has been an Oncology Nurse Navigator (ONN) for approximately 6 years. In this capacity, she works with patients with all types of cancer, including blood disorders and solid tumors. As an ONN, she manages more than 500 patients, however, not all 500 patients are on active treatment. Stacy admits that she was worried and concerned about returning to oncology care, but this was different. “The patients treat you like family; they are always very grateful and thankful. You get to know your patients on a first name basis and about their families; you know when they are feeling good, down, or unwell; and when they are just tired and done,” Stacy said.

    Stacy enjoys having interacting with her patients, sometimes joking, laughing, or just listening. If she had to do it all over again, she wouldn’t change a thing. She absolutely loves and enjoys getting to know her patients and learning new things every day. “One day, we will cure cancer, but until then I will continue to learn, expand, and improve my knowledge as an ONN and continue to support, guide, and advocate for my patients through their difficult journey.”

Cast Your Vote Now

Voting period ends Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

The 4 leading nominees will be profiled online and in the June 2022 issues of Cholangiocarcinoma News, The Oncology Nurse (TON), Journal of Oncology Nursing & Survivorship (JONS), and CONQUER: the patient voice.

The winner of the Cholangiocarcinoma ONE Award will be announced at the 3rd Annual Cholangiocarcinoma Summit on Thursday, October 21, 2021, immediately after the Virtual CCA Nursing Track and will be profiled in the December issues of CCA News, TON, JONS, and CONQUER magazine. Join us for this informative session and the celebration.

The winner will also receive a plaque to recognize their contribution to CCA nursing, in addition to a donation made in their name to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.

Thank you for your participation.

Register for the CCA Summit Nursing Track

Join us virtually for the CCA Nursing Track, taking place during the closed-door 3rd Annual Cholangiocarcinoma Summit on Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm CT.

The goals of the nursing track are to discuss the most recent advances in our understanding of treatment-related adverse events in biliary tract carcinoma, nutrition, and management of biliary obstructions and other complications of CCA. You will have the opportunity to hear from a multidisciplinary faculty of nurse practitioners and clinical oncology nutritionists, as well as participate in interactive discussions with the Summit faculty and your colleagues.

View Agenda

AstraZeneca Has Provided a Sponsorship Grant Towards this Independent Program
AstraZeneca Logo

Brenda Disparti, BSN, RN

Jane Zorzi, BSN, RN

Rachel Schafer, RN

Stacy Petersen, RN

Subscribe to CCA News

Stay up to date with personalized medicine by subscribing to receive the free CCA News print publication or weekly e‑Newsletter.

I'd like to receive: