Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Visit from the NCCN

This week, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center hosted a site visit from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Visitors included William T. McGivney, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer; Thomas D'Amico, M.D., Chairman of the Board; and Patricia Goldsmith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. It was a pleasure to welcome these colleagues to Birmingham and show them all the wonderful things going on here at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The NCCN consists of 21 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers, and UAB is proud to be one of the organization's founding members. Among the NCCN's many activities are the development of treatment guidelines for cancer that are the most utilized in the world. Through the collective expertise of its member institutions, the NCCN develops, updates and disseminates these guidelines to oncologists across the globe. With our involvement in the NCCN, we are literally setting the standard for clinical policy in oncology worldwide.

In addition, the NCCN publishes a drug compendium for cancer treatment modalities that is widely recognized and highly regarded by the insurance industry. I encourage you to visit the NCCN website and learn more about the work being done by this dynamic group. Our Cancer Center is proud to be one of the members of this outstanding organization that promotes high-quality cancer care.

-Ed Partridge, M.D.

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