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Who Are Our Oncology Clinical Nurse Educators?

These are the nurses from Incyte Corporation who lead the Voices of MPN patient events and answer your questions.
Learn more about them below.

Dennis Chang, MN, MS, RN, OCN

Dennis is an oncology nurse who loves to teach. He had worked 10 years in the basic sciences before realizing that he was a "closet people-person" and that he wanted to have a vocation where he was making a positive impact on people daily. As an oncology nurse, Dennis took care of patients with solid and hematological cancers. Along the way, he learned many important life lessons about "how to live as a good person" and "the difference between curing and healing."

Dennis works as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Educator for Incyte. He loves meeting and learning from patients, and he is often amazed at the stories shared by patients living with MPNs. He feels honored to be able to share his knowledge and passion.

Paul Larson, MSN, NP

Paul is a nurse practitioner who has been working with hematology patients for more than 20 years. He has worked directly with patients undergoing intensive therapy in the inpatient and outpatient environment. He has taken care of numerous patients with MPNs, having followed many of them for years.

In his current role as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Educator (OCNE) for Incyte, he is promoting knowledge and comprehension of the MPN disease states. This is accomplished by providing education to health care professionals and patient advocacy groups. Witnessing the accomplishments of medicine and the direct involvement in patients’ lives are the factors that Paul finds most satisfying as a nurse practitioner.

Sandy Allen-Bard, MSN, NPc, ANCC, AOCNP

Sandy Allen-Bard is a Leukemia Nurse Practitioner who recently joined Incyte as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Educator. Prior to this, Sandy worked at Weill Cornell Medical College/NYPH since 2001, where she assisted physicians in the management of patient care. She has spoken at ONS, JADPRO, Aplastic Anemia Foundation, Gilda’s Club, and Yale and Columbia Universities. Sandy fundraises for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program, where she helps raise money for blood cancers and trains participants for endurance events.

Sandy continues to work passionately with many organizations and has been educating her colleagues on MPNs. She is excited to be part of the patient education programs for Incyte.

Erin Blackwell, BSN, RN, OCN, BMTCN

Erin is an oncology and blood and marrow transplant certified nurse who has worked with oncology patients for more than nine years. She has worked in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, primarily focusing on patients with myeloid malignancies and bone marrow transplant patients. She has worked with many MPN patients and was recognized as an MPN Hero in 2016 for commitment to the individual.

In her current role as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Educator for Incyte, she is able to educate allied healthcare providers and patients/caregivers about rare diseases, including MPNs. Education has always been a staple of nursing and sharing her knowledge and passion about these diseases is what Erin finds most satisfying in this role.

Emily Knight, MSN, FNP-BC, OCN

Emily is a nurse practitioner and has worked in hematology/oncology/BMT for 15 years. Most recently she worked in the outpatient hematology/BMT clinic. She’s provided standard of care as well as clinical trial care to patients with MPNs since 2011. Currently, Emily works as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Educator at Incyte where she provides education to healthcare professionals and patients. It is a true privilege for her to provide disease and treatment education.