Carol McIntosh is co-founder of Globe-athon and is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist with a special interest in the treatment of lower genital tract disease, treatment of abnormal pap smears, and management of Human Papillomavirus (HPV). From 1993 to 2001, she was Co-Director of the Colposcopy Clinic at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. In 2003, Dr. McIntosh joined Mr. Leo Joseph and Dr. Joseph McAuley to form Carriacou Health Services (CHS), Inc. to improve the health conditions in Carriacou, Grenada. Through CHS, a State of the Art Ambulatory Surgical Health Center was financed, constructed, and opened in 2005. Dr. McIntosh relocated to Carriacou and from 2006 to 2010 served as the Medical Director for CHS – which assists, compliments, and enhances the delivery of healthcare to Carriacou by providing services such as X-Ray, ultrasound, INR testing, dentistry, eye care, pediatrics, pre-natal care, ear, nose and throat, blood testing, and laboratory services. CHS offers a “one stop shop” for medical disciplines such as dentistry, eye care, and surgery.
In 2008, Dr. McIntosh was awarded the medical of Officer of the British Empire “O.B.E.” by Queen Elizabeth for her medical work done in Grenada and the medal was presented by Prince Charles at the Buckingham Palace in London, England in June 11, 2009. In 2010, Dr. McIntosh relocated to Virginia and is practicing at Inova Fairfax Hospital and at Regional Health Partners where she provides gynecological care and opiate addiction treatment, as a certified buprenorphine provider.
Dr. McIntosh continues her international work with medical mission trips to Sierra Leone to provide cervical cancer screening for women and as a board member of Helping Children Worldwide — a humanitarian relief and empowerment organization in Northern Virginia that helps impoverished children.
“I am constantly motivated by my faith in God, and am excited to be able to empower people about their healthcare through raising awareness with Globe-athon,” Dr. McIntosh explains.
Dr. McIntosh received her B.A. in Biology and Society in 1983 from Cornell University and her M.D. in 1987 from Cornell University Medical School.
Linus Chuang is a board-certified Gynecologic Oncologist and Obstetrician and Gynecologist. In 2017, Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) named him Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Chuang is also a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. From 2013 to 2017, Dr. Chuang held several positions at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai; Director of the Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Fellowship, Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, and Director of Gynecologic Oncology. From 1994 to 2003, Dr. Chuang was Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Westchester Medical Center and Assistant Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the New York Medical College. From 1992 to 1994 Dr. Chuang was Associate Faculty in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Clinical Fellow at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Chuang is a board member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) where he has held several positions; from 2010 to 2012 he was a Health Volunteer Overseas SGO Liaison; from 2010 to 2011, he was Chair of the International Network; from 2010 to 2013 he was part of the Membership Committee; since 2011 he has been Chair of the International Committee; in 2015 he was part of the Annual Meeting Program Committee and the Annual Meeting Program Steering Committee.
“My platform as a Board Member [of SGO] will seek to improve the following: smart phone technology for the SGO website, enhancing the popular SGO Virtual Tumor Board, facilitating special interest group developments, reducing the costs for members using valuable resources on SGO Connect Ed, and increasing international collaboration through humanitarian works, observership, research, and guideline developments. The world is getting smaller and “flatter.” The future for our patients is promising and our Society will continue to develop and create a monumental impact on gynecologic oncology through these collaborations,” said Dr. Chuang.
Dr. Chuang explains that he decided to become involved with Globe-athon because when he had the opportunity to travel overseas with colleagues, “not a lot of attention was placed on gynecologic or pelvic cancer and similar to this country [United States], the emphasis is put in other areas, no doubt there are many other issues such as clean water, however the world is changing”. He adds that “we need to come together and work together for the world to understand that it is such a significant problem [gynecologic cancers] for which not a lot of emphasis has not been placed on. Globe-athon unites patient advocates and health care providers who care about gynecologic cancer to bring attention to this cancer. We need to work more on this cancer, we need to bring awareness, we need to have more investment with research and support in this area, both here [United States] and in other areas of the world and I think this is a great opportunity.”
Dr. Chuang received his M.D. from Kaohsuing Medical College in Taiwan and his M.S. in Immunology and Masters in Public Health-Disease Control from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Alison Amanda Hinds
Alison Hinds is a British-born Barbadian Soca artist based in Barbados crowned as the “Queen of Soca”. Her international hit song “Roll it Gal” from SOCA QUEEN, her first solo album praises women’s independence in lyrics about female empowerment. Between 2005 and 2006, her hit song was released in North America, Europe, and the Far East enabling Alison to take her dynamic show worldwide, touring throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada and the Caribbean. Alison has delivered over 75 concerts, 40 singles, and 2 albums.
She showed her support for Globe-athon’s efforts to raise awareness for below the belt cancers with her official music video for her hit single “Parade”. Filmed during the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) in September 2015, she joined the Globe-athon float and performed the song as she marched down the Brooklyn Parkway, accompanied by hundreds of dancers, survivors, physicians and activists all united to take a step to end women’s cancers. “I love the direction, I love the energy of the whole movement you have to spread #Endwomenscancer, #Globeathon,” Alison explains.
Yvonne Rubie is co-owner of Live Healthy Me, an organization that promotes holistic health empowerment through consultancy, health initiatives, programs, and health workshops. Yvonne Rubie has done extensive work in public health with local agencies, private businesses, not-for- profit organizations, and churches. In 1988, she began her work with The House of the Lord Churches, where she has served as the Director of National Department of Health and Wellness since 2002. She has developed and implemented health programs based on needs assessments of individual congregations, and continues to set new standards for their wellbeing. From 2005 to 2014, she served as the Health and Wellness Initiative Coordinator of the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance, where she proposed a health center based on community needs assessments, and evidenced based research that couples primary with preventive care. In 2009, Yvonne was invited to the White House to participate in the first health care reform discussion headed by President Obama.
Yvonne received her B.S. in Health Promotion Management from York College in 1999 and her Masters in Urban Public Health from Hunter College in 2003.
Mary “Dicey” Scroggins
Dicey Scroggins is nearly a 19-year ovarian cancer survivor, health activist, writer, producer and founding partner in Pinkie Hugs — a mother-daughter writing and film production firm specializing in social justice- focused documentaries founded in 2011. She has been a producer with DCTV since 2010. She is also co-founder of In My Sister’s Care, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. and New York City working to eliminate health disparities and improving gynecologic awareness and early detection, access to care, quality of care, and quality of life for women of color and other medically underserved populations, as well as training more minorities as research advocates. Dicey chairs the NRG Oncology Patient Advocate Committee and the advocate advisory board of a DOD-funded project focused on finding the characteristics of long-term ovarian cancer survival, is a board member of the NRG Oncology Foundation, is part of the Working Group to Facilitate International Cooperation on Non-Commercial Clinical Trials at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), is in the Leadership Committee for MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Women’s Cancer Moon Shots Program. In 2016, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored Dicey with the 2016 AACR Distinguished Public Service Award during the Annual meeting’s opening ceremony for her long-standing advocacy on behalf of cancer patients and her years of commitment to AACR. She explains, “I am interested in making this [Globe-athon] so much more than just a relay; I view it as a movement to spread awareness and save lives globally, and who wouldn’t want to do that.”
Dicey is an eclectic writer with a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University who has published essays and articles on topics such as health disparities, medical ethics, social-justice infused fiction, and cancer survivorship.
Nneka Scroggins is founding partner at Pinkie Hugs and joined DCTV as producer 2010, where she produced Life Without Metro, a short film on metro ridership in Washington, D.C. Since 2005, she has held the role of Research and Development Volunteer at In My Sister’s Care. For several years Nneka was an analyst, from 2007 to 2012, she was an Economic Analyst at L.E. Peabody & Associates, Inc. and from 2003 to 2006, she was Research and Market Analyst at Doxa, Inc. Her passion for the arts is highlighted by her previous roles including Production and Research Director at Double Nickels Theatre Company from 2009 to 2010 and Script Supervisor at MCM Films in 2010. Nneka is dedicated to community service and explains, “I am continuing my commitment to the common good by joining the Globe-athon team, with community outreach as one focus.”
Nneka received her B.S. in Biology from Stillman College and her M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.