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ACS Clinical Research Program Committees

The American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program (ACS CRP) maintains one administrative committee (Education) and three scientific committees (Cancer Care Delivery Research, Cancer Care Standards Development, and Dissemination & Implementation).

Education Committee


  • Increase knowledge and awareness of ongoing clinical trials
  • Increase knowledge and awareness of new evidence (clinical trial results) and practice standards
  • Reduce the time from trials reporting to practice implementation

Educational Programs at Clinical Congress 2016

The Value of Patient Reported Outcome Measures for Surgeons and Their Patients (PS330)
Wednesday, October 19, 2:30–4:00 pm
Moderators: Juliane Bingener, Benjamin Brooke

Clinical Trial Results and Implementation into the Surgical Oncology Practice Today (PS232)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016; 4:15–5:45 pm
Moderators: Nancy Baxter, Judy Boughey

Accruals to Oncology Clinical Trials (TH04)
Tuesday, October 18, 7:00–7:45 am
Presenters: Diana Dickson-Witmer, Heidi Nelson, Patty Spears

ACS CRP Articles in the Bulletin

Improving rectal cancer outcomes through advocacy, education, and research: The OSTRiCh consortium and the new NAPRC
Monson JRT, Dietz DW, Boughey JC, You YN. (November 2016)

NRG GI002: Moving the needle toward TNT in locally advanced rectal cancer
George Jr TJ, MD, FACP; Wu C, MD; You YN, MD, MHSC, FACS. (October 2016)

Why is surgeon qualification important for clinical trials and how can it be achieved?
Kurtzman SH, MD, FACS; Boughey JC, MD, FACS; You YN, MD, MHSC, FACS. (September 2016)

Two studies pave the way for preoperative therapy in pancreatic cancer patients
Katz MHG, MD, FACS; Ahmad SA, MD, FACS; Boughey JC, MD, FACS. (August 2016)

Diet and lifestyle can influence prostate cancer outcomes
Leapman MS, MD; Clark CJ, MD, FACS; Meng MV, MD, FACS; Boughey JC, MD, FACS. (July 2016)

Studies address metabolic image-directed oncologic therapy for gastric cancer
Rocha FG, MD, FACS; Boughey JC, MD, FACS. (May 2016)

How successful is NST in increasing breast-conserving surgery rates in TNBC patients?
Ollila DW, MD, FACS; Golshan M, MD, FACS; Boughey JC, MD, FACS. (April 2016)

Dissemination and implementation: Translating cancer guidelines and clinical trial outcomes into everyday practice
Wilke LG, MD, FACS; Dickson-Witmer D, MD, FACS; Boughey JC, MD, FACS. (February 2016)

Rectal cancer resection: Laparoscopic or open—which way forward?
Fleshman JW, MD, FACS; Boughey JC, MD, FACS; You YN, MD, MHSC, FACS. (January 2016)

ACS CRP Honorary Lecturers

Kelly Hunt, MD, FACS: How co-operative group clinical trials have shaped the surgical management of breast cancer (Alliance Group Meeting November 2016)

Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS: The future of surgical research within the changing landscape of research funding (Alliance Group Meeting November 2015)

Clifford Ko MD, MS, MSHS, FACS: Surgical quality management and outcomes in oncologic care (Alliance Group Meeting May 2015)

Elaine Mardis, PhD: Information from genomic analysis from Z1031 and beyond (Alliance Group Meeting November 2014)


Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology

Open Clinical Trials through the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology

Alliance Membership Application

ACS Clinical Trials Methods Course


Dissemination & Implementation Committee


  • Develop strategies for disseminating key cancer clinical trial results as well as design implementation research programs for cancer guidelines
  • Collaborate with the Commission on Cancer and components of the ACoS and the Alliance to disseminate and implement standards based on new information from clinical trials
  • Investigate novel ways to hasten and broaden uptake in clinical practice of changes indicated by results of clinical trials


Cancer Care Standards Development Committee


  • Promote prompt dissemination and adoption of clinical trials results by all practitioners involved in cancer care
  • Provide a focus for research to determine the impact of clinical decision support tools on cancer treatment outcomes
  • Ensure optimal research quality by review of the surgical components of Alliance protocols


Cancer Surgical Standards Manual Volume 1: Breast, Lung, Pancreas, Colon

Purchase Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery Volume I


Cancer Care Delivery Research Committee


Improve cancer care outcomes through high-quality health services that leverage the multidisciplinary collaboration and research infrastructure of the ALLIANCE, NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), and other partners to generate new knowledge and facilitate the implementation and dissemination of research findings throughout the oncology community.

Major Research Priority Areas

Some areas include:

  • Patient/Caregiver Communication
  • Clinical Care Coordination
  • Impact of Financial Burden of Care
  • Health Care Systems
  • Quality of Care
  • Impact of Precision Medicine

The committee has developed studies in patient-centered outcomes and clinical comparative effectiveness research, cancer economics, and systems redesign.  We continue to develop studies to be conducted both within the NCORP Cancer Care Delivery Research (CCDR) program and also through the Alliance Foundation and the Commission on Cancer.  Current concepts focus on post-treatment surveillance after cancer treatment, decision support, implementation of tools into practice, and cost effectiveness of treatments.


Cancer Care Delivery Research: Building the Evidence Base to Support Practice Change in Community Oncology (Kent et al.)

Alliance Cancer Care Delivery Research Pilot Project Awards

NCORP Website

Active NCORP Studies

At this time, there are no active studies.

NCORP Protocols in Development

Testing decision aids to improve prostate cancer decisions for minority men
PI: Jon Tilburt, MD MPH

Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) versus LMWH +/- Warfarin for VTE in Cancer: A Randomized Effectiveness Trial (CANVAS Trial)
PI: Deb Schrag, MD MPH


Contact Us

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