Our Medical Advisors

Meet our dedicated medical advisors who’ve helped direct 15-40 Connection efforts.

Karen Albritton, MD  Cook Children’s Medical Center – Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Albritton was educated at Yale University and received her medical degree from the University of Texas. After completing two fellowships at the University of North Carolina, she is board certified in both pediatric and adult oncology.

Her main research focus is in health services for adolescents and young adults with cancer, including access to age-appropriate, disease-based care. She is particularly interested in understanding variables affecting differential survival outcomes of patients across an age spectrum with the same disease, especially sarcoma. Dr. Albritton is past Chair of the Adolescent and Young Adult Committee within the Children’s Oncology Group and was co-chair of the National Cancer Institute’s Progress Review Group on Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.

After serving as the director of the AYA oncology program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Albritton has recently moved back home to Texas to start a community based AYA Oncology Program at Cook Children’s Hospital and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth.

Watch a series of videos that share the insight of Dr. Karen Albritton.

Justin Maykel, MD  UMass Memorial Health Care – Worcester, MA

Dr. Maykel received his undergraduate and medical degrees at Tufts University. He completed his residency and a fellowship in surgical nutrition and metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Maykel completed a second fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

He is the Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. A large part of Dr. Maykel’s practice involves patients with cancer on the gastrointestinal tract. Colorectal cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the United States and he has helped spearhead several community-based programs that focus on education, screening, and prevention. He is an active member of the UMass Memorial Cancer Committee and the multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal Cancer Center.

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