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

Clinical Trials Engagement

January 12, 2021 12:00 pm CT

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Participation in clinical research helps to advance science and improve patient care but in some NAPBC-accredited centers, the number of patients accrued to clinical trials is low due to the limited availability of trials and poor participation. The speakers will discuss the current challenges with increasing both the availability of clinical trials and increasing enrollment faced by their centers and the successful strategies and methods used to increase availability and enrollment.  


Katharine Yao, MD, FACS

Dr. Yao is currently Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem. She is Vice-Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee of the NAPBC and was a surveyor for the NAPBC at its inception.  Prior to her Vice-Chair position, she was Chair of the NAPBC QI committee. She also serves on committees within the Alliance Clinical Trial group and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.


Ian Greenwalt, MD

Misty Harrison-Gwin, ASN, RN, CRN

Ms. Harrison-Gwin joined Reid Health in 2011, working as a circulator nurse at Reid Orthopedic Center, and as an emergency trauma nurse. She received her degree at Indiana University. Ms. Harrison-Gwin is trained in clinical research, monitoring and coordinating clinical trials at our site, and working in cooperation with the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program. As a cancer navigator, she loves having the opportunity to help guide and support patients and their families, dealing with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

Rachael Lancaster, MD

Rachael Lancaster, MD

Dr. Lancaster is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) within the Division of Breast and Endocrine Surgery. She completed her general surgery residency at UAB and completed a fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at University of California in San Francisco. Her surgical practice focuses on breast cancer and benign breast disease and is actively engaged in educating medical students, residents, and fellows. She is the Associate Program Director for the UAB Breast Surgery Fellowship and Co-Director for the UAB Surgery SURE program (an undergraduate research experience in surgery). She is an associate scientist with the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and her current primary research interests and current projects include work in prevention and risk assessment of breast cancer, benign breast disease, methods to improve screening for breast cancer, and decreasing pain after breast surgery.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how the NAPBC defines “clinical research trials” and some examples of different types of clinical research trials.
  • Discuss successful strategies to increase the clinical research trials available to patients with breast cancer and methods used to increase the number of patients with breast cancer enrolled in clinical trials.
  • Compare and contrast the experiences in a variety of health care settings to change clinical trial availability and accrual to clinical trials and use the information to design evaluations and interventions to address clinical trial enrollment in their own NAPBC-accredited center.

Target Audience

The NAPBC Best Practices webinar series is for all members of the multidisciplinary care team at health care facilities that treat patients with cancer and diseases of the breast, including but not limited to: 

  • Cancer committee members
  • Navigators
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Program leadership (cancer program administrators, breast program directors, breast program leaders)
  • Registrars

Continuing Education

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for this course. 
Credit has been applied for with the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).
ACS Cancer Programs is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP17437, for 1 contact hour. 

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