Clinical Staff Office

Cancer Committee


Administration:  Laura Kavanagh, RN
Chair: David Brenin, MD


The Cancer Committee oversees the cancer care delivered within the Medical Center and reports to the Clinical Staff Executive Committee.  The Committee promotes a coordinated multidisciplinary approach to patient care management and ensures that an active, supportive care system is in place for patients, families and staff, and will follow the requirements outlined in the most current American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Program Standards.

Membership: The Cancer Committee shall be composed of at least one board certified Physician representative from Surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology, Pathology and Cancer Liaison Physician.  Non-physician membership includes Administration, Nursing, Social Services, Cancer Registry, and Quality Assurance.

Staff support is provided by Cancer Center Administration.

Meetings: The Cancer Committee shall meet as necessary but at least quarterly.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with institutional committees and departments
  • Develops and evaluates the annual goals and objectives for the clinical educational and programmatic activities related to cancer
  • Ensures that educational and consultative cancer conferences cover all major sites and related issues
  • Ensures that an active supportive care system is in place for patient families and staff
  • Monitors, manages and improves performance through completion of initiatives that focus on quality, access to care and outcomes
  • Promotes clinical research
  • Supervises the cancer registry and ensures accurate and timely abstracting, staging and follow-up reporting
  • Monitors quality control of cancer registry data
  • Encourages data usage and regular reporting
  • Provides an annual report prior to November 1 that meets required ACOS standards
  • Upholds medical ethical standards

Current Members

 Members  Specialty
David Brenin, M.D., Chair Surgery
Reid Adams, MD
Director, Clinical Cancer Services
Debbie Amigh
Cancer Registry
Joel Anderson, RN
Director, Acute Care Services
Laura Kavanagh, RN
Cancer Center Quality Improvement
Mildred Best, MDiv
Chaplaincy & Pastoral Education
Leslie Blackhall, MD
Palliative Care
Veronica Brill, RN, MSN
Director, Clinical Operations
Kathy DeGregory, PharmD
Patrick Dillon, MD
Linda Duska, MD
Carole Havrila, RD
Nutritional Services
Joanna Horn, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Cancer Center
Tamila Kindwall-Keller, MD
Stem Cell Transplant Program
Gabrielle Marzani-Nissen, MD
Psych Services
Christopher Moskaluk, MD Pathology
Marvinette Palmer
Cancer Registry
Kim Penberthy, MD
Psych Services
Gina Petroni, PhD
Public Health Services
Bridget Peterson-Fennell, LCSW, ACSW
Social Work
Gospova Radakovic MD
Clinical Research
Paul Read, MD Radiation Oncology
Patrice Rehm, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
Jody Reyes, MSBA, BSN, OCN
Administrator, Cancer Center
Anneka Schroen, MD, MPH
Surgical Oncology
Christie Sheffield
Community Outreach Coordinator
Penny Tapscott, RN
Michael Williams, MD
Zimin Zhao, MD
Pathology Resident