Cancer Currents for August 2009

News and Notes from the Director
Kari Rosenkranz to Lead Comprehensive Breast Program
Photo: Dr. Kari Rosenkranz

We are pleased to announce that Kari M. Rosenkranz, MD, has been appointed as Medical Director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center's Comprehensive Breast Program. Dr. Rosenkranz takes over clinical leadership of the CBP from E. Dale Collins, MD, who was recently named Director of the Center for Informed Choice at The Dartmouth Institute. As Medical Director, Dr. Rosenkranz will partner with the Program's Scientific Director, James DiRenzo, PhD, in moving cutting-edge research in breast cancer into new therapies for patients with breast cancer. Read more.

Prouty Passes $2 Million Mark

Logo: Prouty 2009

The growth of the Prouty in this year of economic downturn has been amazing! The 28th Annual Prouty Bike Ride and Challenge Walk was a record-breaking day, drawing 4,500 walkers and riders and more than 900 volunteers, and raising $1.93 million by the July 11 event. The two-day, back-to-back century Prouty Ultimate also saw significant growth-going from 20 riders last year to 67 in 2009. Just two weeks after the Prouty, the total funds raised to date have topped $2 million. We are honored and inspired by the tremendous effort of everyone involved. Read more.

Your Input Needed: Cancer Center Website Transition and Redesign

Over the next 12 to 15 months, the Cancer Center website will transition into a new content management system known as Open Text (formerly Red Dot). Open Text will enable us to more effectively and efficiently develop and maintain the web site, as well as enhance its integration with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system websites. This transition also gives us an opportunity to refresh and upgrade the site's overall look and feel, as well as its navigation. The first step is to begin a comprehensive needs analysis and site assessment, which involves hearing from all the people who visit the site, including physicians, nurses, scientists, staff, patients, and the public. We need to hear from all of you! If you haven't had a chance to yet, please take a brief break from your busy day to complete the Cancer Center Website Feedback Survey and provide us with this critical input. The survey should only take you about 5 minutes to complete.

Among America's Best

For the eighth consecutive year, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center has been listed by U.S.News & World Report among the top 50 cancer facilities in the country. U.S. News evaluated over 4,800 hospitals across the country for its 2009 edition. In addition to cancer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock was recognized for its care gynecology, ENT and orthopaedics. Read more.

-Mark Israel, MD