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Surveyor Profiles

2014 CoC Surveyor Team

Arnold Baskies, MD, FACS
Gerald J. Bechamps, MD, FACS
Richard S. Berk, MD, FACS
Aaron D. Bleznak, MD, MBA, FACS
Benoît Blondeau, MD, MBA, FACS
Jonathan C. Britell, MD
William V. Chase, MD, FACS
Sanjivani Cholkar-Bakare, MD, FACS
M. Kathleen Christian, MD, FACS
Mario Contreras, MD, FCAP
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
Patricia Goldblatt, MD
Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS
James B. Harris, MD, FACS

Terri Hedman, MSSL, 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
David Mullins, MD, FACS
Suzan Naam, MD, CTR
Joel D. Ohlsen, MD
William P. Reed, MD, FACS
Lisa Robinson, RHIA, CTR
Colette Salm-Schmid, MD, FACS
Stephen L. Seagren, MD
William Siegel, MD
James W. Smith, MD, FACS
Jose Sorrentino, MD, FACS
Robert P. Sticca, MD, FACS
Magesh Sundaram, MD, FACS
Thomas J. Tachovsky, MD, FACS


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.

Berk

Richard S. Berk, MD, FACS

Skokie, 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, MBA, 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 breast surgeon and vice president/senior medical director for 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 a member of the CoC and 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, tennis, and CoC surveying.

Benoît Blondeau, MD, MBA, FACS

Benoît Blondeau, MD, MBA, FACS

Terre Haute, IN and Portsmouth, NH
Surveyor since 2014

Education

  • Graduate of Faculté de Médecine de Tours in France
  • General surgery internship at Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Residency at University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • MBA at The Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri, Kansas City

Dr. Blondeau is a general surgery and palliative care physician. He says CoC accreditation defines a common language that allows development of improvement and quality measures. Dr. Blondeau also believes that a great cancer program is a combination of long-term vision and constant adaptation to short-term results, as well as a dedication to see beyond compliance. In his free time, he enjoys spending time in New England and the Midwest, playing squash, and hiking.

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. He practiced at Valley Oncology Hematology Clinic in Renton, WA, until 2014. He continues to serve on the Valley Medical Center Cancer Committee. He became a surveyor because of his desire 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 mantle, 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.

Sanjivani  Cholkar-Bakare, 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 R. Contreras, MD, FCAP

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, MN, and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland, OH

Dr. Contreras was chair of pathology from 2000 to February 2015 at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health in Lafayette, IN. With a background in anatomic and clinical pathology and experience as a College of Pathology Inspector, he has developed an interest in being further involved in activities that will promote compliance. According to Dr. Contreras, an excellent cancer program “complies 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.

Larry D. Dillon, MD, FACS

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 American College of Surgeons. 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 retired general surgeon that works part time in the Center for Wound Healing at the Fremont Health Medical Center in Nebraska. 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.

Gerard

Dava 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.

Patricia Goldblatt, MD

Patricia Goldblatt, MD

Gainesville, FL
Surveyor since 2016

Education

  • Graduated of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Internship, residency, and fellowship at the University of Florida, Gainesville

Dr. Goldblatt is an anatomic and clinical pathologist and managing partner of Pathology Associates of North Florida, P.A. She has been the cancer committee chair at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville since 2009. She became a surveyor because she believes her experience has made her empathetic to both the surveyor and program sides. In her mind, what makes it an award winning cancer program “is a program that actively seeks out opportunities to make improvements, sees the educational benefits of past experience and quantitatively measures the success of their programs. These are the programs that ultimately will merit reward.” When Dr. Goldblatt is not surveying cancer programs, she enjoys gourmet cooking, golfing, learning to play the clarinet, and traveling abroad.

Greene

Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS

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 the medical director of Cancer Data Services, Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC. 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

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

Terri currently serves as an advanced system clinical educator serving the Sanford Enterprise. 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!”)

Herman

Arnold 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 retired surgeon and serves as the Cancer Liaison Physician at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI. 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 Hematology/Oncology at the Memorial Cancer Institute in Hollywood, FL, Chief, Department of Hematology/Oncology, and Chairman of the Cancer Committee. 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

New Berlin, WI
Surveyor since 2011

Education

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

Currently president of a management consulting firm specializing in oncology, Mr. Laffey recently retired from his position as system vice-president of Oncology for Presence Health in Chicago, IL, although he prefers the military term that he “left active duty.” As a former hospital CEO and cancer executive in large health systems, 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 theatre, 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's background is in surgical oncology/breast surgery. A professor of surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston since 1995, he recently retired from practice and from his position as executive director of the Jordan Hospital Cancer Center in Plymouth, MA. Dr. Lopez believes "an award-winning cancer program is one that has an outstanding leader, an engaging Cancer Liaison Physician, smart and committed tumor registrars and a supportive administration that listens to the cancer committee. In addition, a strong multidisciplinary team is essential to outstanding patient care." He enjoys educating cancer programs, traveling, golf, 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.

David Mullins, MD, FACS

David Mullins, MD, FACS

Princeton, WV
Surveyor since 2016

Education

  • Graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine and
  • Residency at West Virginia University/Charleston Division
  • MBA from Regis University with a specialization in Health Care Management

Dr. Mullins is a general surgeon at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton, WV, where he has practiced for 15 years. He is also the medical director of the Breast Center at Princeton Community Hospital as well as the Cancer Liaison Physician. He has also recently completed training to be a Certified Physician Executive through the American Association of Physician Executives. Most of his free time is spent in activities with his three children (ages 15, 13, and 10) with other interests in physical fitness, including CrossFit and multiple Spartan Races each year.

Naam

Suzan 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 the integrated cancer programs at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt in New York, NY.  Her favorite aspect of surveying is the opportunity to teach the cancer teams how to use CoC standards as a tool box to improve patient care. Dr. Naam enjoys gardening, crafting, photography, and traveling.

Ohlsen

Joel 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.

Reed

William 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 emeritus of the department of surgery at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, NY. He is a surgical oncologist (retired) 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.

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.

Colette Salm-Schmid, MD, FACS

Colette A. Salm-Schmid, MD, FACS

Green Bay, WI
Surveyor since 2016

Education

  • Graduate of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.
  • Residency at Marshfield Clinic, Chippewa Falls, WI

Dr. Salm-Schmid is a breast surgeon at Prevea Breast Health and serves as the Cancer Liaison Physician for St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center in Green Bay, WI. When asked why she decided to become a CoC surveyor, Dr. Salm-Schmid said, “We are living in interesting times in medicine today. It is easy to think that another accreditation is just money out the window; NOT the CoC. I believe the CoC makes a difference to patients, to providers, and to the administration. I want to make sure programs understand how an investment in this program can reap dividends.” In her free time, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and racquetball.

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 retired medical oncologist residing in Blue Bell, 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.

Sticca

Robert 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.