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Surveyor Profiles

2014 CoC Surveyor Team

Margaret Baker, BSRT
Arnold Baskies, MD, FACS
Gerald J. Bechamps, MD, FACS
Richard S. Berk, MD, FACS
Aaron D. Bleznak, MD, FACS
Jonathan C. Britell, MD
William V. Chase, MD, FACS
Sanjivani Cholkar-Bakare, MD, FACS
M. Kathleen Christian, MD, FACS
Mario Contreras, MD
Larry D. Dillon, MD, FACS
William Dooley, MD, FACS
Stephen J. Dreyer, MD, FACS
Thomas L. Eisenhauer, MD, FACS
Timothy L. Fitzgerald, MD, FACS
Robert M. Flanigan, MD, FACS
Stewart B. Fleishman, MD
Edward W. Forbes, MD, FACS
Dava F. Gerard, MD, MPH, FACS
Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS
James B. Harris MD, FACS
Terri Hedman, BSN, RN, OCN
Arnold Herman, MD, FACS
Peter S. Hopewood, MD, FACS

Atif Hussein, MD, MMM, FACP
William Laffey, MBA
Beth-Ann Lesnikoski, MD, FACS
Marvin J. Lopez, MD, FACS, FRCS
Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS
Valeriy Moysaenko, MD, FACS
Suzan Naam, MD, CTR
Norman Odyniec, MD, FACS
Joel D. Ohlsen, MD
William P. Reed, MD, FACS
Ricardo Reznichek, MD, MHA, FACS
Lisa Robinson, RHIA, CTR
Edward Sauter, MD, PhD, MHA, FACS
Stephen L. Seagren, MD
William Siegel, MD
James W. Smith, MD, FACS
Jose Sorrentino, MD, FACS
William Stanton, MD
Robert P. Sticca, MD, FACS
Magesh Sundaram, MD, FACS
Thomas J. Tachovsky, MD, FACS
Nicholas Tranakas, MD, FACS


Margaret Baker, BSRT

Margaret Baker, BSRT

Youngstown, OH
Network surveyor since 2014

Education

  • Graduate of Youngstown State University in Ohio

Ms. Baker is currently the regional director of oncology services at Humility of Mary Health Partners, Youngstown, OH. She states, “Accreditation is important for cancer programs to provide excellence with a focus in both clinical and quality.” Her interest in becoming a surveyor is to ensure that facilities are providing excellent care to the oncology patient and allows for observation of best practices to share with other facilities. Margaret enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Arnold Baskies, MD, FACS

Arnold Baskies, MD, FACS

Cherry Hill, NJ
Surveyor since 2014

Education

  • Graduate of Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts
  • Residency at Boston University Medical Center in Massachusetts
  • Fellowship at Surgery Branch, National Cancer Institute

Dr. Baskies is an attending physician at Virtua Health Systems, Moorestown, NJ. He has been actively involved with the Commission on Cancer (CoC) since 1983, having served as a Cancer Liaison Physician, State Chair, Commission Executive Committee Member, and as Chair of the Education Committee. He believes the basis for many improvements within the CoC is the cancer program survey, which is “both a quality check and a learning experience.” Dr. Baskies has always felt that the best representative of the CoC is the surveyor. His interests include his family, photography, music, golf, and travel.

Gerald J. Bechamps, MD, FACS

Gerald J. Bechamps, MD, FACS

Winchester, VA
Surveyor since 2011

Education

  • Graduate of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, and Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, DC
  • Internship and residency in general surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN

Dr. Bechamps is a retired general surgeon who currently serves as vice president of medical affairs for the Western region of Valley Health System in Virginia. He believes accreditation offers the public some assurance that a hospital is providing quality cancer care for their patients. His favorite aspect of surveying is to share experiences in the delivery of higher standards for patient care. In his spare time, Dr. Bechamps enjoys reading, travel, cultural activities, and his grandchildren.

Richard S. Berk, MD, FACS

BerkSkokie, IL
Surveyor since 1983
NAPBC surveyor since 2008

Education

  • Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Internship at the University Hospital of San Diego County in California
  • Residency at Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center, New York, NY

Currently retired, Dr. Berk is a surgical consultant at Northwestern University Health Service in Evanston, IL, and holds the title of Emeritus senior attending at North Shore University Health System, Evanston. Dr. Berk believes accreditation is important because it focuses any cancer program on the gestalt of patient-centered care from early diagnosis and community education to survivorship and palliative care. His favorite aspect of the survey process is being both an educator and enabler, verifying those parts of the program which are being done well and encouraging their continuance, and educating the program on how to improve.

Aaron D. Bleznak, MD, FACS

Aaron D. Bleznak, MD, FACS

Norfolk, VA
Surveyor since 2011

Education

  • Graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
  • Internship and residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, and Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • MBA from University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Dr. Bleznak is vice president/senior medical director of breast surgery at Sentara Medical Group in Norfolk, VA, and an assistant professor of clinical surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He became a CoC surveyor after completing his tenure as the Chair of the Committee on Cancer Liaison to directly observe the impact of the CoC’s efforts on accredited programs and cancer care to patients. His pastimes include reading, theatre (Virginia is the home of the American Shakespeare Theatre), golf (“more torture than pastime”), tennis, and CoC surveying.

Jonathan C. Britell, MD

Jonathan C. Britell, MD

Renton, WA
Surveyor since 2009

Education

  • Graduate of Albany Medical College in New York
  • Internship at LA County–USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Residency at the University of Oregon Health Science Center, Eugene, OR
  • Fellowship training at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Dr. Britell is a medical oncologist and hematologist at Valley Oncology Hematology Clinic in Renton, WA. He became a surveyor because of his commitment to ensure that everyone has access to quality cancer care wherever they live. His goal is to make surveys meaningful encounters that motivate programs to excel and to make “quality care close to home” a reality, not merely a motto. When Dr. Britell takes off his physician’s mantel, he travels and enjoys bird watching.

William V. Chase, MD, FACS

William V. Chase, MD, FACS

Westmoreland, NH
Surveyor since 2000

Education

  • Graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Internship and residency at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Chase is a general surgeon from Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH. He became a CoC surveyor to help cancer programs improve. He believes accreditation allows cancer programs to demonstrate their quality program. His favorite aspect of surveying is having the opportunity to assist cancer programs while seeing them demonstrate their work toward improving quality outcomes. In his spare time, Dr. Chase enjoys sailing, skiing, traveling, hiking, kayaking, and volunteering in developing countries.

William V. Chase, MD, FACS

Sanjivani Cholkar-Bakare, MD, FACS

Bronx, NY
Surveyor since 2010

Education

  • Graduate of Grant Medical College, University of Mumbai, India
  • Residency at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut
  • Internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NY

Dr. Cholkar-Bakare is a general surgeon affiliated with James J. Peters VA Medical Center in Bronx, NY. Her main reason for becoming a surveyor was to help cancer programs learn and share best practices with each other. She states that the number-one value of accreditation is the opportunity for cancer patients to get the best care in their community. Dr. Cholkar-Bakare enjoys playing bridge.

M. Kathleen Christian, MD

M. Kathleen Christian, MD, FACS

La Crosse, WI
Surveyor since 2011

Education

  • Graduate of the University of Kansas, Wichita, KS
  • Residency at the University of Kansas in Wichita, KS

Dr. Christian is a general surgeon affiliated with Mayo Clinic Health System and Franciscan Healthcare in LaCrosse, WI. She became a surveyor to promote the value and importance of CoC accreditation. Dr. Christian believes that accreditation gives assurance to both patients and families that they are receiving high-quality cancer care. In her down time, Dr. Christian enjoys walks, photography, and spending time with her family.

Mario Contreras, MD

Mario Contreras, MD

Lafayette, IN
Surveyor since 2014

Education

  • Graduate of University of San Carlos School of Medicine, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Residency at Madison General Hospital in Wisconsin
  • Fellowships at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital in Ohio

Dr. Contreras is the chair of pathology at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, Lafayette, IN. With a background in anatomic/clinical pathology as well as eight years of experience as a College of Pathology inspector, he has developed an interest in being further involved in activities that will promote and excel compliance to protocols and guidelines that are applied to hospitals. According to Dr. Contreras, an excellent cancer program will “comply with the organizational, operational, and accreditation standards instituted by federal and professional organizations such as the CoC.” His interests and hobbies include Mayan history and archeology, soccer, and hiking.

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Larry D. Dillon, MD, FACS

Colorado Springs, CO
Surveyor since 2008
NAPBC surveyor since 2010

Education

  • Graduate of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln
  • Internship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) at Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
  • Residency at BJH and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee
  • Fellowship training at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

Currently, Dr. Dillon is a general and oncologic surgeon, and chief of general surgery at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO. He states that the process of accreditation serves to ensure that patients will receive care consistent with nationally recognized standards of the CoC and the ACoS. Exceptional programs have true multidisciplinary commitment to the activities of the cancer committee and a desire to have the activities go beyond the requirements. His interests include the culinary arts, woodworking, and photography.

William Dooley, MD, FACS

William Dooley, MD, FACS

Oklahoma City, OK
Surveyor since 2014

Education

  • Graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN
  • Residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD
  • Fellowships at Johns Hopkins and Oxford University in the United Kingdom

Dr. Dooley is a surgical oncologist at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City where he serves as professor and chair of surgical breast oncology. He believes accreditation is important because it is instrumental in helping to focus on important goals such as reassessing treatments and outcomes as well as best practices. As a surveyor, he would like to help programs and institutions see their potential and utilize CoC resources that can help them transform cancer care for the better in their community. Dr. Dooley’s pastimes include fly fishing, horseback riding, and gourmet cooking. He is also passionate about community service.

Stephen J. Dreyer, MD, FACS

Stephen J. Dreyer, MD, FACS

Fremont, NE
Surveyor since 2012

Education

  • Graduate of Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • Internship and residency at Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, MO

Dr. Dreyer is a general surgeon that works in the Center for Wound Healing at the Fremont Health Medical Center. He considers CoC accreditation to be important for any hospital that treats cancer patients because it provides the collaborative environment and the data reporting tools that enable health care providers to continuously measure, analyze, and improve outcomes for those patients. “A survey becomes a very rewarding experience through interaction with the cancer committee members, answering their questions about specific standards, and helping them become a better program.” In his spare time, Dr. Dreyer enjoys running and traveling.

Thomas L. Eisenhauer, MD, FACS

Thomas L. Eisenhauer, MD, FACS

Hendersonville, NC
Surveyor since 2006

Education

  • Graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia
  • Internship and residency at Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center in Greenville, SC

Dr. Eisenhauer is a general surgeon in private practice. He believes accreditation helps maintain a high standard of care for the cancer patient. He is looking forward to the implementation of the 2012 standards. He feels cancer conferences are particularly important to a program, as is the accrual of patients to clinical trials. Outside of his professional interests, he enjoys water sports, bicycling, and running.

Timothy L. Fitzgerald, MD, FACS

Timothy L. Fitzgerald, MD, FACS

Greenville, NC
Surveyor since 2015

Education

  • Graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor
  • Fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Toronto in Ontario

Dr. Fitzgerald is currently an associate professor of surgery at East Carolina University in Greenvile, NC. In addition to clinical responsibilities, he is also the director of gastrointestinal oncology and the North Carolina Tissue Consortium. Dr. Fitzgerald believes that the CoC is a powerful tool for improving the quality of cancer care. Through the accreditation process, cancer programs validate to the public they deliver high-quality cancer care. In his mind, what makes it an award-winning cancer program is not only adherence to all the standards, but rather a spirit of collaboration and commitment to patient-centered, evidenced-based high-quality care." When Dr. Fitzgerald is not surveying cancer programs, or taking care of patients, he likes to sail and spend time with his family.

Robert M. Flanigan, MD, FACS

Robert M. Flanigan, MD, FACS

Barrington, IL
Surveyor since 2004
NAPBC surveyor since 2008

Education

  • Graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee
  • Internship and residency at Rush Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Dr. Flanigan states that the CoC Cancer Program accreditation process is a means by which cancer patients at an accredited facility can be assured of receiving the highest quality of cancer care. His favorite aspect of surveying is the educational nature of the process, “As a surveyor you can leave advice behind but there is always the opportunity to learn from a program and then share that information with other cancer programs.” At home his pastimes are reading and jogging. He also enjoys fishing in the Florida Keys and sailing anywhere, preferably in the Virgin Islands.

Stewart B. Fleishman, MD

Stewart B. Fleishman, MD

New York, NY
Surveyor since 2009

Education

  • Graduate of Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico
  • Internship and residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital
  • Fellowship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Dr. Fleishman is the founding director of Cancer Supportive Services, Continuum Cancer Centers of New York. As a surveyor, he is particularly interested in ensuring that accredited programs care well for patients and families throughout the course of treatment and beyond—comprehensive quality care is an edge in the competitive market of cancer medicine. His favorite aspect of surveying is seeing the creativity in various programs, and sharing the pride that staff members have in their accomplishments is the most rewarding parts of the survey process. When he has free time, Dr. Fleishman likes nonfiction reading, cooking, and traveling, and is starting to take up golf.

Edward W. Forbes, MD, FACS

Edward W. Forbes, MD, FACS

Randolph, NJ
Surveyor since 2000

Education

  • Graduate of Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts
  • Internship and residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital, New York, NY

Dr. Forbes is honorary staff, general surgery and the cancer liaison physician at Saint Clare's Hospital in Denville, NJ. He believes that accreditation provides cancer programs with a framework for the provision of good care. His favorite parts of surveying are promoting the use of National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) quality reporting tools and encouraging community outreach activities specific to the needs of the particular community. Dr. Forbes says that, “What makes an outstanding cancer program is teamwork involving the entire cancer committee in formulating program specific goals and addressing those goals.” His hobbies include playing the piano and reading—predominantly nonfiction.

GerardDava F.  Gerard, MD, MPH, FACS

Albuquerque, NM
Surveyor since 2010

Education

  • Graduate of the University of California, San Diego
  • Residency at the University of California, San Diego
  • Internship at the University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Gerard is a general surgeon and administrative medical director of the Cancer Service Line at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Gerard became a surveyor because she is committed to each program that she surveys—to provide for them an objective report on the status of their program, to recognize excellence, and to share potential approaches to areas of challenge. She perceives the main value of accreditation as a way to engage organizational support for a disciplined focus on reducing the burden of cancer. She is an avid hiker, a voracious reader, and a grateful grandmother of seven.

Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS

Greene

Charlotte, NC
Surveyor since 1997

Education

  • Graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville
  • Internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut

Dr. Greene is currently a clinical professor of surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. He enjoys meeting the leaders of cancer programs around the country and the opportunity to tell people about the importance of CoC accreditation. In his opinion, an award-winning cancer program is possible when the administration of the hospital is committed to excellence of the cancer registry and the standards of accreditation. Dr. Greene’s favorite pastimes are seeing good movies and playing with his grandchildren.

James B. Harris MD, FACS

James B. Harris MD, FACS

Reno, NV
Surveyor since 2015

Education

  • Graduate of Stanford University in California and Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Residency at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in California.
  • Fellowship in surgical oncology at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, CA

Dr. Harris is surgical oncologist and Cancer Liaison Physician at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, NV. After participating in several CoC surveys, he became interested in becoming a surveyor and learning how various institutions carry out earning accreditation. Dr. Harris believes that CoC accreditation is important in order to constantly improve the care of cancer patients and working to standardize some of the options of treatment and services available to patients. His hobbies include playing the piano, skiing, sailing, hiking, and travel.

Terri Hedman, BSN, RN, OCN

Terri Hedman, MSSL, BSN, RN, OCN

Fargo, ND
Network surveyor since 2014

Education

  • Graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Pursuing a Master’s in Strategic Leadership from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND

Terri serves as the manager of education, registry, and programs at Sanford Health Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, ND. The driving force that encouraged Terri to become a CoC Network Surveyor is her love for teaching, and she believes that surveying is a wonderful professional challenge. In her free time, Terri loves to read, travel, and fish (“sometimes all at the same time!”).

HermanArnold H. Herman, MD, FACS

Providence, RI
Surveyor since 2007
NAPBC surveyor since 2009

Education

  • Graduate of the University of Kansas in Lawrence
  • Internship and residency at Boston University Medical Center in Massachusetts

Dr. Herman is a clinical associate professor of surgery in the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Providence, RI, and a surgeon at The Miriam Hospital and Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island in Providence. He believes that CoC accreditation provides programs with a structure to analyze the quality of their program and tools to improve their performance. In his free time, he likes to be with his grandchildren, play tennis, read, and travel.

Peter S. Hopewood, MD, FACS

Peter S. Hopewood, MD, FACS

Falmouth, MA
Surveyor since 2008
NAPBC surveyor since 2010

Education

  • Graduate of the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • Internship and residency at Harvard 5th Surgical Service at New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA

Dr. Hopewood is a general surgeon in private practice at Falmouth Hospital in Massachusetts. He believes accreditation shows cancer patients a commitment beyond the norm to improve the quality of cancer care, survivorship, and survival. His favorite aspects of surveying are seeing community outreach and improvement programs. In his spare time, Dr. Hopewood enjoys family life, singing in an a cappella quintet, and playing the tuba.

Atif Hussein, MD, MMM, FACP

Atif Hussein, MD, MMM, FACP

Hollywood, FL
Surveyor since 2010

Education

  • Graduate of the American University of Beirut in Lebanon
  • Internship and residency at American University of Beirut in Lebanon
  • Fellowship at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida

Dr. Hussein is a medical oncologist and is currently the medical director of the Memorial Cancer Institute in Hollywood, FL. He became a surveyor to improve the quality of cancer care for patients and their families and to help others interested in building accredited cancer programs. The main value of accreditation for Dr. Hussein is the excellence in cancer care for our patients. He is most impressed by the comprehensive multidisciplinary disease specific measures available. In his spare time, Dr. Hussein enjoys reading.

William Laffey, MBA

William Laffey, MBA

Chicago, IL
Surveyor since 2011

Education

  • MBA from the University of Chicago, IL, with specialization in hospital administration

Mr. Laffey is the system vice president of oncology for Presence Health in Chicago, IL. He provides a program administrator perspective to the survey process and shares knowledge with other network cancer programs. In his opinion, programs that combine outstanding clinical practice with integrated and coordinated care and have strong communication and teamwork represent an award-winning cancer program. His hobbies include playing senior baseball, participating in community theater, and singing.

Beth-Ann Lesnikoski, MD, FACS

Beth-Ann Lesnikoski, MD, FACS

Atlantis, FL
Surveyor since 2014
NAPBC surveyor since 2010

Education

  • Graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency at New England Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Fellowship at Faulkner Breast Centre, Boston, MA.

Dr. Lesnikoski is a general surgeon and medical director at The Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, FL. As a surveyor, she believes that physicians and other health care professionals should play a role in determining benchmarks for quality. In her opinion, an award-winning cancer program is one that is passionate and compassionate about patient care. Dr. Lesnikoski likes yoga, biking, gardening, and traveling with her husband.

Marvin J. Lopez, MD, FACS, FRCS

Marvin J. Lopez, MD, FACS, FRCS

Plymouth, MA
Surveyor since 1998

Education

  • Graduate of the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara , Mexico
  • Residency at Montreal General Hospital, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec
  • Fellowship training at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at the University of Missouri in Columbia

Dr. Lopez is currently a professor of surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. He also  is a surgical oncologist, breast surgeon, and executive director at Jordan Hospital Cancer Center in Plymouth, MA. He says that, “An award-winning cancer program is one that has an outstanding leader (chair), an engaging and knowledgeable CLP, smart and committed tumor registrars, and a supportive administration. In addition, a strong multidisciplinary team is essential to outstanding patient care.” His interests outside of his busy professional life include traveling and reading, especially history.

Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS

Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS

Greenville, OH
Surveyor since 2003

Education

  • Graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Internship and residency at Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Dr. McKellar is the medical director of oncology at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, OH. He believes that accreditation ensures patients will be treated in a facility that has a focus on quality cancer care and has all the services and personnel to provide cancer patients with all important aspects of care. In his opinion, a high-quality cancer program is one that is proactive in identifying patients' needs and finding and developing the resources needed to meet those needs. In addition, a high-quality program is one that identifies and addresses areas needing improvement. His hobbies are farming and fishing.

Valeriy Moysaenko, MD, FACS

Valeriy Moysaenko, MD, FACS

Albany, OH
Surveyor since 1992

Education

  • Graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus
  • Internship and residency at Ohio State University Hospitals and Kessler Air Force Base Hospital, Biloxi, MS

Dr. Moysaenko is a general surgeon with emeritus status at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, OH. He became a surveyor to help cancer programs understand and use standards to evaluate their quality for cancer care and for continuous self-improvement. He believes accreditation allows programs to use the NCDB resources and comprehensively evaluate programs to plan future goals and objectives. His favorite aspect of surveying is seeing the integrated cancer care that is provided to the individual patient and a fulfillment of societal obligations. In his spare time, Dr. Moysaenko enjoys gardening and cooking.

NaamSuzan Naam, MD, CTR

New York, NY
Surveyor since 2008

Education

  • Graduate of Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Internship and residency at Dar El Salaam Hospital in Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Naam is a trained obstetrics/gynecologist and the administrative director of cancer registries for Continuum Health Partners in New York, NY. She believes accreditation results in better quality of care. Her favorite aspect of surveying is seeing the outreach programs that are being developed. In her spare time, Dr. Naam enjoys gardening, crafting, photography, and traveling.

Norman Odyniec, MD, FACS

Norman Odyniec, MD, FACS

Chevy Chase, MD
Surveyor since 2006

Education

  • Graduate of Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • Internship at District of Columbia General Hospital, Washington, DC
  • Residency and fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Dr. Odyniec is a retired thoracic/vascular surgeon affiliated with Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC. He believes accreditation helps to establish and maintain an identity of excellence. He states that, “Participation as a surveyor has given me remarkable insights into cancer care that I never appreciated as a practicing physician.” In his spare time, Dr. Odyniec enjoys writing, reading, and playing bridge and chess.

OhlsenJoel D. Ohlsen, MD

Pueblo, CO
Surveyor since 2006

Education

  • Graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine in California
  • Internship and residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City

Dr. Ohlsen is a retired radiation oncologist who is currently consulting for St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, CO. He became a surveyor to be helpful in improving the quality of care for cancer patients, with his favorite aspect of surveying being the discussions about programs of assessing quality of care and those designed to improve that care. He says that “an award-winning program is one which focuses on continuously improving the care provided, assessing the outcome of that care, and attention to detail regarding national standards.” Dr. Ohlsen enjoys downhill skiing, horseback riding, gardening, and photography.

ReedWilliam P. Reed, MD, FACS

Mineola, NY
Surveyor since 2000
NAPBC surveyor since 2009

Education

  • Graduate of Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Internship and residency at Stanford University Hospital in California
  • Fellowship training at Institut Gustave-Roussy in Paris, France

Dr. Reed is the chair of the department of surgery at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, NY. He is a surgical oncologist that specializes in breast, gastrointestinal, head and neck, sarcoma, and skin cancers. He believes accreditation provides feedback to institutions regarding quality of care and adherence to treatment guidelines associated with optimal care. His favorite aspect of accreditation is maximizing integration of the full range of cancer services. In his spare time, Dr. Reed enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and attending the opera.

Ricardo Reznichek, MD, MHA, FACS

Ricardo Reznichek, MD, MHA, FACS

Torrance, CA
Surveyor since 2008

Education

  • Graduate of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Internship in Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Residency at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Masters of Health Administration from the University of Colorado

Dr. Reznichek is currently an associate clinical professor of urology at UCLA School of Medicine and director of urology clinics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He firmly believes that accreditation indicates that a facility values cancer patient care enough to ensure that established standards are met or exceeded. He became a surveyor to provide support and encouragement to programs as they struggle to solve cancer care problems. Dr. Reznichek’s pastimes include beach volleyball, bicycling, choral singing, and skiing.

Lisa Robinson, RHIA, CTR

Lisa Robinson, RHIA, CTR

Milwaukee, WI
Surveyor since 2010

Ms. Robinson is a registered health information administrator and a certified tumor registrar affiliated with Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, WI. Ms. Robinson is the director of clinical data registries for her cancer program network. A surveyor with a primary focus on Cancer Program Network surveys and plans to verify that accredited programs are providing high-quality integrated cancer care to their patients in compliance with CoC standards. She perceives the main value of accreditation is the offering of coordinated cancer care from prevention to survivorship. Ms. Robinson is most impressed by the cancer registry data and the resources the data offer to assist programs in many ways. In her spare time, Ms. Robinson enjoys biking, boating, gardening, camping, and attending sporting events.

Edward Sauter, MD, PhD, MHA, FACS

Edward Sauter, MD, PhD, MHA, FACS

Tyler, TX
Surveyor since 2014

Education

  • Graduate of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Residency at Ochsner Clinic and Hospitals in New Orleans, LA
  • Fellowship in surgical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA
  • MHA from University of Missouri, Columbia
  • PhD from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Dr. Sauter is the director of the Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center at the University of Texas in Tyler. He believes that CoC accreditation shows a cancer program’s desire to deliver excellent care to patients with cancer based on uniform guidelines and to determine where care should be altered to improve delivery of care. As a new surveyor, he is eager to see how other centers deliver care, their strengths and weaknesses, and to learn from how they address challenges. Dr. Sauter enjoys jogging, hiking, and sculling.

Stephen L. Seagren, MD

Stephen L. Seagren, MD

La Jolla, CA
Surveyor since 2008

Education

  • Graduate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Internship and residency at Hennepin County General Hospital, Minneapolis, MN, and the University of California, San Diego
  • Fellowship training at LAC, University of Southern California, and UCLA Harbor General.

Dr. Seagren is a retired professor of radiology and medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He affirms that accreditation by the CoC instills institutional confidence in its cancer program. CoC standards can be a program’s organizational basis—the program and patients both benefit. His other interests include physical fitness, tennis, golf, bridge, poker, and skiing.

William Siegel, MD

William Siegel, MD

Blue Bell, PA
Surveyor since 1995

Education

  • Graduate of Hahnemann University (Drexel), Philadelphia, PA
  • Internship, residency, and fellowship training at Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Siegel is a medical oncologist at Grand View Hospital in Sellersville, PA. As a surveyor, he sees the excellence of care on the local level and cost-effective care as a key to the way forward in cancer care. He believes the new patient-centered standards are critical to achieving this level of care and states that he is more dedicated than ever to the mission of the CoC. Dr. Siegel loves travel and photography and has a passion for music.

James W. Smith, MD, FACS

James W. Smith, MD, FACS

Muskogee, OK
Surveyor since 2011

Education

  • Graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
  • Internship and residency at New Rochelle Hospital and his fellowship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York, NY

Dr. Smith is the chief of surgical services at Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, OK. He became a surveyor to gain valuable knowledge from the programs he surveys. He believes that “there is always something to take home.” He also enjoys riding his five horses and playing golf.

Jose Sorrentino, MD, FACS

Jose Sorrentino, MD, FACS

San Juan, PR
Surveyor since 2015; Former Surveyor

Education: Graduate of Colby College in Waterville, ME. Medical school and general surgery training at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the Medical Center of Delaware and an Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Sorrentino is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Sorrentino believes that delivering the best possible cancer care to any patient is a primordial obligation of any healthcare facility. In his mind, having a patient-centered culture where all aspects of cancer care can be coordinated and delivered within the premises of a given institution defines a center of excellence. In his free time, he enjoys riding his road bike and would like to join MSF (Doctors Without Borders) when he complete his current clinical practice.

William Stanton, MD

William Stanton, MD

San Diego, CA
Surveyor since 2010

Education

  • Graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Internship, residency, and fellowship training at the University of California, San Diego

Dr. Stanton is a medical oncologist affiliated with Scripps Health in San Diego, CA. Dr. Stanton is currently the medical director of the oncology service line. He believes that accreditation permits a program to monitor compliance with evidence-based guidelines over time, as well as performance relative to peers. More recent benefits include NCDB tools that can directly influence the timeliness and content of patient care. Lastly, accreditation can stimulate a program to reallocate resources and to evolve strategically. In his down time, he enjoys playing and composing music for the classical guitar and swimming.

SticcaRobert P. Sticca, MD, FACS

Grand Forks, ND
Surveyor since 2001

Education

  • Graduated from University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Farmington
  • Internship and residency at Boston University in Massachusetts
  • Fellowship training at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

Dr. Sticca serves as the chair and program director for surgery at the University of North Dakota and Meritcare Health System in Grand Forks, ND. He is most impressed with the enthusiasm and teamwork he sees when surveying programs and believes that accreditation assists programs in improving quality through compliance with standards. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and running.

Magesh Sundaram, MD, FACS

Magesh Sundaram, MD, FACS

Urbana, IL
Surveyor since 2008

Education

  • Graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore
  • Internship and residency at Christiana Care in Newark, DE
  • Fellowship training at the University of Miami in Florida

Currently, Dr. Sundaram is the head of the division of surgical oncology and associate director at the Carle Cancer Center in Urbana, IL. He states that CoC accreditation allows a multidisciplinary process for timely collection of data to help recognize institutional and national cancer incidences and patterns. His favorite part of being a surveyor is witnessing the empowerment of the cancer committee to pursue changes necessary for high-quality care. He is an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles, building model aircraft, and traveling.

Thomas J. Tachovsky, MD, FACS

Thomas J. Tachovsky, MD, FACS

Bethlehem, PA
Surveyor since 2002

Education

  • Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia
  • Internship at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem, PA
  • Residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Dr. Tachovsky, who has a background in general surgery, runs oncology quality oversight at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. He is also adjunct associate professor of surgery (clinical) at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He was active in the development of the 2012 Cancer Program Standards and feels very strongly that CoC accreditation marks facilities as committed to providing high-quality care to the cancer patients in their community. He particularly enjoys meeting and interacting with the members of the cancer program teams and sharing ideas regarding cancer program improvements. Dr. Tachovsky enjoys travel, sailing, reading military history, and spending time with family.

Nicholas Tranakas, MD, FACS

Nicholas Tranakas, MD, FACS

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Surveyor since 2008

Education

  • Graduate of University of Miami in Florida
  • Internship, residency, and fellowship training at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL

Dr. Tranakas is the medical director of cancer services at Broward General Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He believes accreditation legitimizes proper cancer care and is impressed with the amount of community activities and research within many programs. In his free time, he enjoys racquetball, backgammon, and boating.