American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Cancer Programs Staff Information

Commission on Cancer
633 N. Saint Clair Street
Chicago, IL 60611-3211
Phone: 312-202-5085 
Fax: 312-202-5009
Staff available during business hours
Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–4:15 pm (Central Time)

General CoC inquiries:

CoC Datalinks inquiries:

Cancer Programs | Accreditation and Standards | AJCC | Clinical Research Program 

Cancer Liaison Initiatives | Education and Promotions | NAPBC | NCDB

Cancer Programs

Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS
Medical Director 

Connie Bura
Administrative Director, Cancer Programs

Accreditation and Standards

CoC Accreditation Programs: 312-202-5103

For questions, please use the Contact CoC form.

Standard-related questions: Please review or submit question via the CAnswer Forum website.


Asa Carter
CoC Senior Manager

Vicki Chiappetta
Accreditation Technical Specialist

Erin DeKoster
Accreditation Technical Specialist

Lauren Dyer
Accreditation Technical Specialist

Carolyn Jones
Accreditation Technical Specialist

Susan Rubin
Accreditation Technical Specialist

Karen Stachon
Accreditation Technical Specialist

Carol Woody
Accreditation Administrator

Melissa Howard
Administrative & Customer Service Coordinator

American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC)

AJCC inquiries:


Martin Madera

Chantel Ellis
Education and Product Development Administrator

Donna Gress
Technical Specialist

Judith Janes

Laura Vega 
AJCC Eighth Edition Project Administrator

Ashley Yannello
Electronic Production Administrator

Clinical Research Program

Clinical Research Program Inquiries:


Amanda Francescatti
Senior Manager

Anne McCarthy
Project Manager

Zahed Mohammed

Cancer Liaison Initiatives

Cancer Liaison Initiatives and Cancer Liaison Physician inquiries:


Nina Miller

Education and Promotions

For questions, please use the Contact CoC form.


Elena Siampos

Andrea Scrementi

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)

NAPBC inquiries:

General inquiries: 312-202-5185


Asa Carter
Senior Manager

Karen Taubert-Boone
Program Coordinator

National Cancer Database (NCDB)

NCDB inquiries (CP3R, Survival, Benchmarks, Completeness and Default Overuse Report, FORDS coding, NCDB Call for Data):

Cancer Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) inquiries:

Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) inquiries:

Participant Use File (PUF) inquiries:

For any other questions, please use the Contact CoC form.


Ryan McCabe
Senior Manager

Karen Taubert-Boone
Program Coordinator

NCDB Data Standards

Lianne Babaran
User Support Specialist

Susanne Kessler
User Support Specialist

Jeff Reed
Database/ETL Developer

NCDB Research Unit

Greer Gay
Manager, Research Unit 

Kathy Mallin
Senior Statistician

Bryan Palis
Senior Statistician, Project Manager

Amanda Browner

Elizabeth Wawszczak
Business Analyst

NCDB Information Technology

Kenneth Pristas
Manager, Information Technology

Dmitry Eremin
Senior Developer 

Florin Petrescu
Senior Cancer Data Analyst 

Natalie Goodwin
Software Developer