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May 22, 2019
Breakthrough will bring together unique experts in the field, including innovators, scientists, and technology specialists, all to discuss better solutions for cancer care, writes ASCO president-elect Dr. Howard A. "Skip" Burris.
May 20, 2019
Health Equity Committee chair Dr. William D. Tap highlights the recent work and forward momentum of ASCO's efforts to achieve health care equity for all through improved access to and quality of care.
May 20, 2019
Dr. Ward and I discuss the policies that public and private insurers use to control the use of anticancer drug therapies, such as prior authorization requirements, restrictive formularies, step therapy, or fail first requirements, and specialty specific tiers.
May 17, 2019
To help you get the most out of #ASCO19, I'm sharing a vlog on networking (it's not as scary as you think!) and strategies for organizing your schedule and maximizing your face time with the people you want to meet.
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David L. Graham, MD, FASCO

David L. Graham, MD, is the Physician Administrator at Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is Associate Editor for the ASCO University Editorial Board, as well as a member of the Cancer Communications Committee and the Practice Guidelines Implementation Network (PGIN). His medical interests include genitourinary and hematologic malignancies and neuroendocrine tumors. Follow Dr. Graham on Twitter @davidgrahammd.

Sep 21, 2012
BHAG = Big Hairy Audacious Goal The notion of the BHAG (yes, I know it sounds vaguely offensive) is a business concept I was first exposed to when I underwent orientation to join the Board of Governors of our clinic. It is a notion that resonates strongly to me. The concept is to set a dramatic...
Jun 05, 2012
I know this makes me sound old and is only a step away from “get off my lawn,” but…
May 06, 2012
Note—All the information below has been publicly reported by the principals involved and this comment involves no HIPAA violations. An 81-year-old male had a screening PSA performed and was subsequently found to have prostate cancer. The Gleason score was not reported but the patient elected to...
Mar 29, 2012
Fellowship programs can (should) make a part of their training a discussion and explanation of the varying types of practices that a trainee can consider. Although there are more precise subcategories, it basically breaks down into academic vs. non-academic practices. Now I grant that while any...
Mar 05, 2012
This is probably the question I get asked the most when I tell people that I am an oncologist. It’s a question I have asked myself a number of times in the past as well. Now it’s a question I am facing again... My first exposure to this was when my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in...
Feb 09, 2012
At age 24, Will Reiser started to have some back pain and lose weight. After what I am sure most of us would consider way too long a time, he was evaluated and diagnosed with a neurofibrosarcoma. After some upfront treatment, his disease was resected and he is, by all reports, doing well. Sounds...