MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD

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Kelley Argraves, Ph.D.
Scientific Director

I am originally from Maryland and I pursued my undergraduate education in Biology at Mount Saint Mary’s University, followed by training in bench research at the Holland Laboratory of the American Red Cross. I found a passion for scientific research and attended the George Washington University to earn my PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After graduating, I relocated to Charleston, SC to join my husband, Scott and to obtain post-doctoral training in sphingolipid biology and vascular biology at the Medical University of South Carolina. (MUSC). I joined the faculty in the department of Cell Biology and Anatomy (later renamed Regenerative Medicine) and started a line of research mainly focused on sphingolipid signaling in vascular biology. Along the way, Scott and I had two children and many happy years including a productive scientific collaboration at MUSC. I was fortunate to have been funded continuously from 2002-2017 as the Principal Investigator on grants from NIH, American Heart Association and other agencies. Sadly, I lost my husband to a brain tumor (glioblastoma) in 2014 after a nine-month battle. Not long after, I witnessed my friends, Lennie and Denny struggle to understand CCS, the cancer with which their daughter Sara was diagnosed. Since there was so little known about CCS and no treatments or cures available, I decided to join Sara’s Cure to make a difference for Sara and all those diagnosed with CCS.

Kevin B. Jones, MD

After studying literature at Harvard, Medicine at Johns Hopkins, Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Iowa, and Musculoskeletal Oncology at the University of Toronto, Kevin brought his wife and four children to Salt Lake City, Utah. While a faculty surgeon, he spent five years in a mentored position in the laboratory of Mario Capecchi. Now holding the L.B. and Olive S. Young Presidential Endowed Chair for Cancer Research in the Department of Orthopaedics, Dr. Jones provides surgical care for the full range of neoplastic diseases that afflict the musculoskeletal system in children and adults. His laboratory in the Department of Oncological Science at the Huntsman Cancer Institute studies the epigenetic regulation of transcription, using mouse models of translocation-associated sarcomas, especially synovial sarcoma, alveolar soft part sarcoma, and clear cell sarcoma.

Benjamin C. Powers, MD

I earned my medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, then completed internal medicine residency at Loyola University Medical Center back in Chicago. I returned to Kansas City again for my hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

I am certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with subcertifications in hematology and medical oncology. In my clinical practice, I have subspecialized further into medical management of bone and soft tissue tumors, while also being involved in ongoing education/coaching/mentoring of first and second year medical students. I have a lovely wife and three active sons, and enjoy outdoor sports, barbecuing, traveling and reading.