Committee Connection
  • Serving the Underserved: Dr. Gina Villani and ASCO’s Health Disparities Committee Work to Minimize Cancer Care Gaps

    19 Dec 2013 02:29 PM

    By Faith Hayden, Senior Writer/Editor It’s been a little more than a decade since the Institute of Medicine landmark report Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care found overwhelming evidence of racial disparities in the U.S. health care system. Since then, ASCO has been dedicated to minimizing these disparities in cancer care through ASCO’s Health Disparities Committee, which works to develop programmatic and... Read more

  • ASCO International Firsts

    19 Dec 2013 01:35 PM

    A timeline of member-led achievements to reduce the global burden of cancerAs the Society celebrates its 50th anniversary, ASCO looks at the numerous milestones that demonstrate organization’s longtime commitment to the global exchange of knowledge, to building bridges to improve the care of patients with cancer worldwide, and to reducing disparities in patient outcomes. This long history of inclusiveness and... Read more

  • ASCO Announces Newly Elected Leaders

    18 Dec 2013 10:04 AM

    ASCO is pleased to announce the results of the recent Society election for President-Elect, the Board of Directors, and the Nominating Committee. The seven newly elected leaders will begin their terms at the conclusion of the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting in June. Major priorities for the incoming leaders will be ASCO's ongoing efforts to further improve quality and value in cancer care, particularly CancerLinQ™; coverage for and patient... Read more

  • Start Expanding Your Oncology Network Today: Five Tips to Get You Networking

    16 Dec 2013 05:18 PM

     By Daniel G. Stover, MD, and Leora Horn, MD            Daniel G. Stover, MDMember since: 20011 Institution: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ASCO Activity: Professional Development Committee member          ... Read more

  • New Recommendations in Choosing Wisely® Campaign Released

    16 Dec 2013 04:49 PM

    For the second year, ASCO participated in the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign, an initiative intended to encourage conversations between physicians and patients about medical tests or procedures for which widespread use is not supported by evidence. Professional medical societies were invited to identify commonly used tests, treatments, or other interventions of little or no benefit... Read more

  • ASCO Issues Annual Clinical Cancer Advances Report on Progress Against Cancer

    16 Dec 2013 04:38 PM

      The Society has recently published Clinical Cancer Advances 2013: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer, a comprehensive review of progress in clinical cancer research that has come to fruition in 2013. The report highlights advances across the entire continuum of cancer care, from prevention to treatment and survivorship, and covers a broad range of cancer subspecialties. It also documents U.S. Food and Drug... Read more

  • The Society Launches Formal Development of CancerLinQ

    16 Dec 2013 04:31 PM

    At a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy event on November 12, 2013, the Society announced that it had formally initiated development of the full CancerLinQ™ system, a groundbreaking health information technology (HIT) initiative to achieve higher quality, higher value cancer care with better outcomes for patients. The multiphase development process will encompass a series of successively more powerful quality improvement tools... Read more

  • Ensuring the Value of Membership

    29 Oct 2013 01:10 PM

    An interview with Membership Committee Chair Tessa Cigler, MD, MPH The volunteers on ASCO's Membership Committee work behind the scenes to ensure that membership in the Society is valuable, that membership categories reflect the diversity of roles across fields, and to reduce barriers that may hold potential members back from joining. Tessa Cigler, MD, MPH, of Weill Cornell Breast Center, serves as the Committee's... Read more

  • Cancer Care in India

    29 Oct 2013 10:54 AM

    An Interview with Monica Malik, MD, DNB  Monica Malik, MDInstitution: Nizam’s Institute of Medical SciencesSpecialty: Palliative careMember since: 2005The International Development and Education Award (IDEA) and Leadership Development Program (LDP) are ASCO initiatives aimed at expanding oncologists’ knowledge and skills through training and relationship building. Monica Malik, MD, DNB, of Nizam’s... Read more

  • The Sunshine Act: What You Need to Know

    28 Oct 2013 08:13 PM

    New program designed for greater transparency between physicians, teaching hospitals, and industry This summer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began requiring data collection for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, a transparency measure implemented as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to disclose financial relationships between physicians, teaching hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry.... Read more