Research, Early Detection, Survivor Support, Advocacy


The Metastatic Breast Cancer Dinner Series provides a forum for people living with metastatic breast cancer to discuss the latest in research, treatment, and symptom management with local health experts, in a small group setting.


Dinner Series Dates:

June 8, 2017
Elephants Deli
115 NW 22nd Ave, Portland OR

Future dates TBA



6:30-8:30 PM

6:30-7:00 PM - Dinner and Social

7:00-8:00 PM – Welcome & Presentation on Clinical Trials by Michael A. Savin, MD

8:00-8:30 PM – Audience discussion and Q&A




This event is free, but registration is required and is limited. If you are interested in attending, please contact Bridget Jamieson, community programs manager at 503.546.7445 or

  Presentation Topic: Clinical Trials

Dr. Savin's presentation will provide a broad focus on clinical trails, including the concepts of clinical trials, and different types of trials at different sites. Dr. Savin plans to discuss why it seems difficult for individuals with life-threatening illnesses to receive access to novel drugs and/or treatments, and why criteria for qualification for particular trials seems highly restricted.


Michael A. Savin, MD

Assistant Professor and Clinical Medical Director
Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Savin is the Clinical Medical Director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. He co-chairs the Breast Cancer Committee for Via Oncology, a nationwide network that reviews and establishes treatment programs for breast cancer. He is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Clinical Practice Committee. Since completing his training at Duke University and the University of Washington, Dr. Savin has worked in academic and private practice settings, treating patients with blood disorders and a variety of cancers. While he continues to treat patients with many kinds of cancer, a major part of his practice has been in the care of people with breast cancer.

Dr. Savin finds every aspect of his work rewarding, but his greatest satisfaction comes from getting to know his patients and their families. He says, “There is a very special and unique bond that develops between physician and patient when dealing with serious illnesses. I can’t imagine another profession that would let me know so well and care for people of such diverse backgrounds.”

An active clinical researcher for many years, Dr. Savin has worked in the design of clinical trials and management of a large clinical research program in a private practice setting. He developed a breast cancer chemotherapy regimen and helped design the clinical trials leading to its acceptance as one of the standard treatments to help prevent recurrence of the disease.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Savin enjoys spending time with his wife, a pulmonary physician, and his sons, daughter, and grandchildren. A fan of opera and live music, his primary hobby is playing guitar and working on his skills as a guitarist. He enjoys getting away to Central Oregon with his family and spending time at his daughter’s scenic equestrian training facility in Newberg.