You’ve heard of scalp cooling. Now learn how to implement or extend your scalp cooling program.

Richard Paxman welcomes Dr. Erica Fischer-Cartlidge and Mikel Ross of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for the next episode of the series.

To discuss how to improve the execution of your existing scalp cooling program, and also to understand best practice for the implementation of a new scalp cooling.

Dr. Erica Fischer-Cartlidge

Dr. Erica Cartlidge is a Board-Certified Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and the Nurse Leader for Evidence-based Practice at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Upon joining MSK in 2009, Dr. Cartlidge begun as an office practice nurse in the Breast Medical Oncology Service, became the breast Clinical Nurse Specialist at MSK  and then moved into her current leadership position. In her current role she is responsible for the leadership of implementing numerous evidence-based clinical initiatives and the organization’s publication mentorship program; among her work efforts was the standardized scalp cooling program for more than 15 sites within the organization.

Dr Cartlidge earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Scranton (2006), a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Drexel University (2012) and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Quinnipiac (2012), where she focused on leadership and influencing change management in complex healthcare organizations.

Mikel and Dr Cartlidge have written 2 publications related to scalp cooling- both a systematic review of the evidence on safety, efficacy and tolerability and most recently on implementation best practices for scalp cooling programs.

Mikel Ross

Mikel Ross is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner on the Breast Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In this role, he collaborates with an interdisciplinary team delivering medical oncology care to breast cancer patients across the continuum of care. In addition to patient care, he collaborates on many initiatives including oral oncolytic adherence, proactive management of symptomatic patients and most notably as the lead clinician for MSK’s scalp cooling program to limit chemotherapy induced alopecia. His publications reflect this work with authorships on the topics of scalp cooling, oral medication adherence and proactive management of patient symptoms in oncology practice. 

Mikel’s background is varied both in education and employment.  He earned a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Business Administration as a Pershing Scholar from Truman State University (1986).  He then obtained a M.A. in International Relations as a Rotary Scholar from the University of Kent in Canterbury (1990). His nursing education includes a B.S.N. from St. Louis University (1996) and most recently an M.S.N. from Hunter College (2018).  He has worked in both industry and clinical practice for multiple organizations including Boeing, Washington University in St. Louis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and now Memorial Sloan Kettering.