Philadelphia’s First Anal Health Symposium

Friday, April 20th 2018

8:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Philadelphia’s First Anal Health Symposium is a half day symposium addressing the need for discourse around the best practices and standard of care as they pertain to prevention, and treatment of anal dysplasia which can lead to anal cancer if not treated. The symposium will address the needs of those living with HIV, and analyze whether or not this population is at a heightened risk, and should be screened ubiquitously. The symposium will provide an overview of current medical practices, address gaps in knowledge, and propose what best practices should look like in the future. There will be an opening session that outlines anal health and wellness for people living with HIV and review current guidelines. There will also be two breakout sessions. One will be for physicians, and healthcare professionals, and one will be for physicians, and healthcare professionals, as well as consumers.


  • Juan Lucas Poggio, MD Drexel Medicine
  • Peter Leone, MD, UNC School of Medicine
  • David Henry, MD, Penn Medicine
  • Jay Kostman, MD, Philadelphia FIGHT
  • David E. Stein, MD, Drexel Medicine
  • Simone Malone, Advocate
  • Adrian Shanker, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
  • Joshua Thompson, MD, Penn Medicine

Credits Available: CMEs, CEUs for Social Work, CHES, Nursing


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About Our Speakers

Dr. Juan Lucas Poggio

Dr. Juan Lucas PoggioDr. Juan Lucas Poggio is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery. His clinical expertise includes both advanced laparoscopic, robotic and open surgical management of primary and recurrent colon and rectal cancer. Over the last several years he has been actively involved in the diagnosis and management of Anal Dysplasia in Patients with or without HIV disease and he has treated hundreds of patients with this condition. It is from these experiences that he decided to organize this Symposium for the community and physicians with the goal of increasing awareness and discuss best practices. He is also experienced in all aspects of anorectal disease including hemorrhoidal surgery with minimal pain.

Dr. Poggio is committed to excellence in the care of the patient. He earned his medical degree from Universidad del Salvador Medical School and a Master’s degree from Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Tumor Biology. He completed his training in Colon and Rectal surgery at Henry Ford Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is actively involved in research and education. His research interests include Anal Dysplasia, Anal Intraepithelial Neoplasia and Anal Cancer in patients with HIV disease and in Surgical Outcomes.

Dr. Poggio is board certified in both General Surgery and Colorectal Surgery, and is an active member of numerous medical societies. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and of the American College of Surgeons. He is originally from Argentina and he speaks fluent Spanish.

David H. Henry, MD

David H. Henry, MD, is Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.  He is a member of the medical staff at Pennsylvania Hospital in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Henry received his medical degree at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  His postgraduate training included an internship and residency in medicine and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as chief medical resident.  Dr. Henry is board certified in internal medicine and holds subspecialty certification in both hematology and oncology.  He is Editor of the Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology.

Dr. Henry is a member of several professional organizations including American Society of Hematology and American Society of Clinical Oncology.  He is a reviewer for Annals of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  His area of research is hiv malignancies, anemia and hematologic growth factors including GCSF and EPO/ESA’s, and IV Iron.  He is also one of the National Anemia Consultants for the American Society of Hematology.


David E. Stein, MDDavid E. Stein, MD

David E. Stein, MD, serves as Chairman of the Department of Surgery and as the Associate Dean of Clinical Operations for Drexel University College of Medicine. He received his BA from Rutgers University and his MD from State University of New York’s Downstate Medical College.  He served his General Surgery Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and his Colorectal Fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  In addition to Chairing the Surgery and Neuroscience Performance Improvement Council, he is the Director of Education and sits on the Board of Directors of the Susan Cohan Kasdas Foundation, for which he has created many health education programs.



Simone Malone

Simone MaloneSimone Malone is a graduate of the class of 1988 from William Penn Communication’s Magnet Program. He knew at the age of 15 Radio and TV broadcasting would be his career. While attending William Penn High School he landed upon a part-time job at 800 AM WTMR Radio in Camden, NJ hosting his own gospel show called, The Malone gospel show”. His peers were amazed by his talent and he attracted so many to him because of his infectious  personality and enthusiasm to be an upcoming broadcaster. He is a graduate of Shaw University class of 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. He was awarded a fellowship in 1993 to Kent State School of Journalism in Kent, Ohio where he was a guest radio personality of a radio show and was the top news anchor on campus for their television campus station. He is the manager and producer of FMHDMS Digital Internet radio station since December 2005 and the host of 2 radio shows, The Song book of gospel and the Soulful Sounds of afternoon delight.  People know him as “The Radio feel good man, A trusted and respected voice in radio”. He is nationally known for his inspirational moments he shares on radio and video that touches the lives of people spiritually. He is the author of his own broadcasting Manuel,”  How to become and effective radio broadcaster”. His most recent credit to his outstanding experience and awards in broadcasting is that he received the “Mentorship Award of Radio Broadcasting” at the 2017 Spin awards in Atlanta, Ga on October 27, 2017. Lastly, in February 2018 , he was honored as one of 50 Professional Black Men of Philadelphia that is making a difference in his career  .Additionally, Mr. Malone works in Forensic Mental Health as a professional.

Adrian Shanker

Executive Director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and a leader in LGBT health advocacy with expertise in anal health policy and LGBT health disparities. Prior to founding Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Adrian served as President of Equality Pennsylvania. Adrian is an accomplished organizer, having led numerous successful campaigns to advance LGBT rights in municipalities across Pennsylvania, including non-discrimination protections, relationship recognition ordinances, and laws to protect LGBT youth from conversion therapy. A specialist in LGBT health policy, Adrian has developed leading-edge campaigns to advance health equity for LGBT Pennsylvanians, through policy, behavioral, and clinical changes.

Adrian serves on the Advisory Board for Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity, as co-chair of the Community Advisory Committee for LGBT Healthlink – a CDC-funded national tobacco and cancer disparity network, and as a member of ACLU of Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors. He holds a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice from The Columbian College of Arts & Sciences at The George Washington University and he earned his B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College. Adrian is a member of Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and Society for Public Health Educators.


Dr. Thompson

Dr. Thompson is a third year resident in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He earned his medical degree and Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. His graduate thesis research was on anal cancer screening behaviors among sexual minority men. He has taught sexual health to both health professional students and members of the community, in addition to providing comprehensive primary care to patients of all ages, genders, and orientations.





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