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From the Director's Desk

A Round of Applause Please

Heidi Nelson, MD, FACSHeidi Nelson, MD, FACS
Medical Director, ACS Cancer Programs

As we conclude the Fall Commission on Cancer (CoC) meetings, we will be bidding farewell to friends and colleagues who are transitioning out of their leadership roles. We want to express our deep and sincere gratitude to Lawrence Shulman, MD, MACP, FASCO; Daniel McKellar, MD, FACS; Peter Hetzler, MD, FACS; and Peter Hopewood, MD, FACS; all of whom are known to us and who will be missed by us.

The ACS Cancer Programs touch thousands of health care providers, and yet in some magical way it all feels like family. The leaders make it feel like family by being welcoming and supportive, and by embodying our shared values and deep compassion for “leaving it better.” They guide us through the day-to-day decisions about where to focus our energy and how to use our community and programs to achieve the greatest positive impact on cancer patients. In the last year alone, we have seen the CoC deliver promising new standards and a brand-new data entry system, the Rapid Cancer Reporting System. Even when the going gets tough these leaders have leaned in and made a difference. When the pandemic hit our shores, they brought calm and confidence and helped identify adaptations that will allow centers to manage through COVID-19 and still meet the needs of cancer patients. They helped us pivot, encouraging the extension of accreditation status and the delay of surveys, relaxing standards to keep everyone safe and providing guidance documents on how to safely manage cancer and COVID-19.

Please help us acknowledge and celebrate the leadership of Drs. Shulman, Hopewood, Hetzler, and McKellar. *Applause!*

We will miss you. We remain optimistic that we can share an in-person encore appearance to express our gratitude when we celebrate the CoC 100-year Anniversary in 2022.

Lawrence Shulman, MD, MACP, FASCOPeter Hopewood, MD, FACS

Peter Hetzler, MD, FACSDaniel McKellar, MD, FACS