2012 Cancer Committee Annual Report

Letter from the Cancer Committee Chair

As we prepare for our upcoming reaccreditation application to the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, it is exciting to see the collaborative work between cancer program staff and members working together to achieve our common goals. This work demonstrates on a daily basis that clinical cancer care for our patients is improved by teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration that also translates to the development of cancer treatment policy, research, oversight and quality assurance. I am extremely proud and thankful to our cancer committee members who tirelessly contribute to improve the care of our cancer patients and who embody our institutional commitment to never be satisfied with the status quo.

Additionally, the UF&Shands Cancer Committee provides a forum for the interdisciplinary groups involved in patient-centered care to interact, collaborate, and coordinate efforts to establish and maintain the highest quality of service to our cancer patients and their families. Meeting quarterly, the committee’s goals continue to be that of auditing patient care, assuring the breadth and depth of educational programs, tumor conferences and other clinical activities, ensuring patient access to consultative services in all disciplines and providing oversight and quality control of data from the UF&Shands Oncology Data Center.

Our work is part of the UF Shands Cancer Center’s interdisciplinary initiative at the UF Health Science Center, UF&Shands in Gainesville and UF&Shands Jacksonville. The great breadth and dedication of our committee membership draws from all corners of the institution’s cancer clinical and research enterprise. It is satisfying to know that our members’ passionate dedication to only the best and highest national standards in patient care and outcomes enrich UF&Shands at every level as we move forward.

Thomas George Jr., M.D., FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Gastrointestinal Oncology Program
Chair, UF&Shands Cancer Committee

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Top Sites: Reportable, Analytic Cases (AJCC/TNM Staging)

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UF Health Cancer Committee Membership Roster


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Cancer Committee Roster

Jennifer Adams, LSCW

Patient and Family Resources

Robert Allan, MD

Associate Professor of Pathology

Suzanne Bird, RD, LD/N

Food and Nutrition Services

Shirley Bloodworth, RN, BSN, MN

Patient Advocate

Lindy Brounley

Communications Director, Cancer Center

Lisa Brown, CGC

Genetic Counselor, Cancer Center

Byron P. Croker, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pathology

Karen Daily, DO

Assistant Professor of Hematology Oncology

Jennifer M. Duff, MD

Fellow, Hematology Oncology

Erin Dunbar, MD

Associate Professor of Neuro-Oncology

Thomas George, MD—Chair

Associate Professor of Hematology Oncology

Scott Gilbert, MD

Associate Professor of Urology

Jon Graham, PhD

Deputy Director Clinical Admin, Cancer Center

Priya Gopalan, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Suzanne Greer

American Cancer Society

Kati Harlan, RN, MSN, LRHM

UF Health Shands Quality Management

Marcia Hodge, CTR

Oncology Data Center

Robert W. Hurley, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Judith Lightsey, MD

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Merry-Jennifer Markham, MD

Associate Professor of Hematology Oncology

Lee Marlowe, RD, LDN

Food and Nutrition Services

Linda S. Morgan, MD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology Data Center Medical Director

Patricia Moser, MD

Associate professor of Radiology

Anjun Patel, MD

Fellow, Hematology Oncology

Deidra Pereira, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology

Nina Powell, LCSW

Patient and Family Resources/Patient Services

Andrew Ragsdale

Marketing/PR, UF Health

Alice Rhoton-Vlasak, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Steve Ritz

Clinical Administration, Radiation Oncology

Michele Scavone-Stone

Clinical Administration, ACU Adult Hematology Oncology and UF Health Shands Infusion Center

Christiana Shaw, MD—Surgeon Liaison

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Gale Smith, LCSW

Patient and Family Resources/Patient Services

Andrew Smithson, MBA

Associate VP Operations, UF Health Shands

Lee Starling, RHIT

Health Information and Record Management

Bruce Stechmiller, MD

Associate Professor of Hematology Oncology

James L. Talbert, MD

Professor Emeritus of Surgery

Anne M. Tallent, CTR

Oncology Data Center

Glenn E. Turner, DDS

Associate Professor of Prosthodontics

Helen Welsh, BSN, RN

Nursing, UF Health Shands

Laura Wiggins, PharmD

Pharmacy Services

John R. Wingard, MD

Director, Bone Marrow Transplant Program;

Deputy Director for Research, Cancer Center

Fong Wong, DDS

Associate Professor of Prosthodontics

Kathryn Zeppieri, PT

Rehabilitation Services


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