Meet Our SurviveAL Team!

SurviveAL joined partners SurviveDAT in Louisiana and SurviveMISS in Mississippi to form the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, which was a natural progression for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing team after it created the successful Young Breast Cancer Survivorship Network in Birmingham.

Richard Taylor DNP, CRNP, APN-BC

Associate Scientist, UAB Center of Palliative and Supportive Care

Co-Coordinator of the Oncology and Palliative Care Subspecialty Programs

Richard has spent over 25 years working with people with cancer. The primary emphasis of his work has been improving the quality-of-life of those with cancer through the management of symptoms related to cancer and its treatments. He is a native of Alabama and has lived there all his life, except for the years he attend the University of California, San Francisco for his master’s degree in oncology nursing. Richard lived in Los Angeles in the past in order to worked with Mother Teresa serving the poorest of the poor.

(205) 934-5196

Silvia Gisiger-Camata, MPH, RN

Office of Research & Scholarship Program Director

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Silvia earned her Pharmacy degree from the University of São Paulo and completed her training with an MPH at the UAB School of Public Health. Her passion is delivering age-specific support and education for young women facing breast cancer. Fun fact? She was raised in Brazil to Swiss parents, and has lived in the U.S. for half of her life. Her heart is truly a blend of many cultures! She enjoys hiking mountains, baking bread, and listening to Bossa Nova music.

(205) 975-8656

Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor / Associate Dean for Research / University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing

Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program Co-Leader

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

This site is dedicated to Karen Meneses, a professor and researcher at the UAB School of Nursing, who specialized in working with young breast cancer survivors for more than 25 years and helped found SurviveAL.

(205) 996-7038

Alabama's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Alabama, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveAL is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveAL's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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