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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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Cancer Programs

CLP Outstanding Performance Award

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Cancer Liaison Program award program recognizes outstanding performance by Cancer Liaison Physicians (CLPs) in their role as the physician quality leaders of their cancer programs.

How to Apply

Details about the 2022 Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award will be available Spring 2022.

2021 Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Winners

Samuel Carvajal, MD
Samuel Carvajal, MD

Samuel Carvajal, MD
Adventist Health Glendale
Glendale, CA

"The CLP facilitates communication between the Cancer Center, Commission on Cancer, and the medical staff to ensure that cancer care provided is of the highest quality to maximize patient outcomes.” -"

Babak Eghbalieh, MD, FACS
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA
Babak Eghbalieh, MD, FACS
Babak Eghbalieh, MD, FACS

Babak Eghbalieh, MD, FACS
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

“I believe that a cancer program's CLP is an integral part of how the entire program functions. Their ability to not only oversee a program's data, but most importantly, use it in conjunction with the cancer committee to intervene, allows for true change. The CLP role allows the program to discuss the relationship between increased quality, improved patient outcomes, and decreased expenses. In so doing, the CLP inspires the program to conduct in-depth quality reviews to develop and implement corrective action plans.”

David Mullins, MD, MBA, CPE, FACS
Princeton Community Hospital
Princeton, WV

David Mullins, MD, MBA, CPE, FACS
Princeton Community Hospital
Princeton, WV

“I see the CoC as an invaluable resource to programs in caring for the populations they serve. I have spent my entire profession[al] career in rural Southern West Virginia and believe that affiliation with the CoC helps to bridge the disparities that exist. [The] CLP position is invaluable in integrating the NCDB benchmarking and reporting tools to their facility and the CoC standards to improve cancer treatment and patient outcomes.”

Sangeetha Prabhakaran, MBBS FACS
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Albuquerque, NM

Sangeetha Prabhakaran, MBBS FACS
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Albuquerque, NM

“As the physician quality leader of the cancer program, the CLP is at the forefront of leading quality initiatives—reviewing NCDB data, interpreting our facility’s performance, identifying benchmarks to improve and take concrete steps to improve them. These benchmarks directly correlate with quality of cancer care and outcomes. In addition, as an active physician working with multidisciplinary teams, the CLP is able to champion these quality care initiatives effectively, both within the institution as well as in the community.”

Tracy Rauch, MD
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Baton Rouge, LA

"The Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) affects patients by connecting multidisciplinary providers of cancer care at the bedside with benchmarking and quality data about the cancer program. How does this elevate the quality of cancer care? It highlights areas of focus for the program. What follows is investment and research for the greatest impact to patients. Facilitating a relationship with the American Cancer Society enables the program to tap into additional resources to support patients and their families during cancer care and survivorship.”

Anthony Strawn, MD FACS
Fort Belvoir Community Hospital
Fairfax Station, VA

Anthony Strawn, MD FACS
Fort Belvoir Community Hospital
Fairfax Station, VA

“I love being the CLP—gives me access to a wide range of data and resources to ensure our patients are receiving the very best care.”

Raquel Wagman, MD
Saint Barnabas Cancer Center
Livingston, NJ

Raquel Wagman, MD
Saint Barnabas Cancer Center
Livingston, NJ

“I believe the work of the CLP most impacts patient care by providing their respective cancer committee a birds’- eye view of each program’s successes and areas for improvement, based on NCDB analysis and benchmark comparisons to comparable centers. In addition, by bringing together teams of dedicated providers, and by using this data to show where the program has been and where it can go, the CLP has the unique opportunity to enhance patient outcomes and experiences at their institution.”

Michael Whalen, MD
George Washington University Hospital
Washington, DC

Michael Whalen, MD
George Washington University Hospital
Washington, DC

“Essentially the CLP strives to push cancer care forward and to make it better, focusing on patient-centered initiatives that achieve superlative outcomes. It is an opportunity to be a champion for rigorous, evidence-based medicine, and a role-model to inspire colleagues to incorporate the ever-evolving landscape of clinical care into daily practice.”

Jason Wilson, MD, MBA, FACS
Morton Plant Mease Health Care
Palm Harbor, FL

Jason Wilson, MD, MBA, FACS
Morton Plant Mease Health Care
Palm Harbor, FL

“The role of the CLP is to be an advocate for evidence-based quality metrics within the program and improving cancer care by reviewing compliance to standards and improving quality care with data driven quality improvement.”

Anthony Yang, MD, MS, FACS
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL

Anthony Yang, MD, MS, FACS
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL

“The CLP is in a unique position to be a local leader and steward, ensuring that cancer care across the institution is of the highest quality. Each CLP’s unique understanding of cancer quality data is a powerful asset to identify areas for improvement in cancer care.”