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Cancer Currents for June 2014

Mark Israel

The rapidly changing face of cancer research has provided the Cancer Center with a strong impetus to embrace a more active role in cancer education.

Scientists and clinicians working collaboratively across research platforms must continually acquire skills outside their areas of expertise. The next generation of physicians and investigators will need to evolve during a time of rapid change that requires undergraduate, graduate, and medical students to work with mentors at the cutting edge of cancer research and clinical care. Further, we know that community education efforts can help prevent some cancers before they start, and individuals of all ages want to learn about cancer prevention. Patients also want to be better informed as to their diagnosis and proposed treatment so they can make informed decisions about their care.

Emblematic of our a commitment to become ever more involved in educational activities has been the recent appointment NCCC’s first Associate Director for Education, James Gorham, MD, PhD, associate professor of Pathology and of Microbiology and Immunology at the Geisel School of Medicine.

In this critical leadership post Jim will coordinate educational activities at NCCC, including continuing education, student and faculty career development, and community initiatives to enhance cancer prevention and care. Some of the priority areas include:

  • Promoting translational research with learning that takes place across the platforms of basic, clinical, and population research.
  • Improving the mentoring and training of the next generation of cancer scientists and physicians .
  • Expanding educational opportunities through technological advancements

Jim is uniquely well qualified for this important new position because of his longtime involvement in both cancer research and clinical care and his deep commitment to education, as evidenced by his recent outstanding leadership of the MD/PhD program at Geisel. Please join me in welcoming him to our team.

Mark Israel, Director

New Leadership at Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Gorham James Gorham, MD, PhD

James Gorham, MD, PhD, professor of Pathology and of Microbiology and Immunology at Geisel School of Medicine, and director of the MD/PhD program at the Geisel School of Medicine has been named NCCC’s first Associate Director for Education. This critical leadership post will advance the Cancer Center's commitment and capacity for student education, continuing education, student and faculty career development, and community education (read more).

Christopher Amos, PhD, has been named Interim Deputy Director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. In this capacity Amos will oversee research and clinical program development at NCCC, and will focus on creating collaborative research to bring together the best of different disciplines to unravel cancer’s mysteries. Amos is also associate director of NCCC’s Population Sciences.

New Prouty Anthem Performance Launches Prouty Season

"I Am More," the new Prouty anthem written by Director of The Dartmouth College Gospel Choir Walt Cunningham, was performed for the first time at The Prouty Kick-off party on May 8, 2014 at the Hanover Inn Ballroom. The Dartmouth College Gospel Choir was joined by The Prouty Singers to perform a song written for those whose lives have been touched by cancer. Watch the video:

Tosteson Named as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

tor tosteson Tor D. Tosteson, ScD

Tor D. Tosteson, ScD, professor of Community and Family Medicine (Biostatistics) and The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the world's largest community of statisticians and the second-oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. He will be inducted at the August 2014 Joint Statistical Meeting in Boston, Mass., which will celebrate the founding of the ASA in Boston 175 years ago (read more).

Radiation Oncology Section Earns ACR Accreditation

The American College of Radiology has awarded a three-year term of accreditation to Norris Cotton Cancer Center's Radiation Oncology department after a complete review and on-site surveys of its professional and technical practices and facilities in Lebanon, New Hampshire and St. Johnsbury, Vermont (read more).

Gay Landstrom Named New D-H Chief Nursing Officer

Gay Landstrom, PhD (c), RN, NEA-BC, will join Dartmouth-Hitchcock as Chief Nursing Officer on July 28. As Chief Nursing Officer, she will be a key member of the senior leadership team, reporting directly to the CEO. She will have responsibility for inpatient and outpatient nursing across the system, which represents almost 30 percent of our workforce, and will be intensively involved in our three core areas of population health, value over volume, and succeeding in new payment models (read more).

2014 SYNERGY Scholars Announced: Colla Receives Mentored Career Development Award

carrie colla Carrie H. Colla, PhD

Carrie H. Colla, PhD, assistant professor of The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) is one of four outstanding junior investigators selected by Dartmouth SYNERGY: The Dartmouth Clinical and Translational Science Institute to receive a 2014 SYNERGY Scholars Mentored Career Development Award.

The SYNERGY Scholars Program aims to develop future researchers involved in clinical and translational research across all our institutions and affiliated health centers. The selected scholars were chosen by a panel of senior scientists through a rigorous peer-review process. Each award involves two or more mentors who will collaborate with the scholar and oversee her/his progress in patient-oriented research; the mentors chosen reflect the disciplines needed to gain independence in the proposed area of research. These awards begin on July 1, 2014; they are awarded for one year and are renewable based on performance.

Mentors for Colla’s work on “Translation of Payment Incentives to Patient Care: A Focus on Accountable Care Organizations” are: Jonathan S. Skinner, PhD, James O. Freedman Presidential Professor of Economics and Professor of Community and Family Medicine and of The Dartmouth Institute; Elliott S. Fisher, MD, MPH, Professor of The Dartmouth Institute, of Medicine, and of Community and Family Medicine; and Denise L. Anthony, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Community and Family Medicine.(read more)

New Staff

Christopher Tkal, a Senior Value Performance Specialist and Certified Six Sigma Blackbelt, has joined the NCCC Quality & Patient Safety Program. As a Blackbelt with more than 25 years of manufacturing experience (for 9 years he was directly leading/managing lean transformation and continuous improvement departments), he will provide much needed support in the form of training, coaching, and leadership for high priority performance improvement projects across the Cancer Center

Nurture Yourself Workshop for Oncology Staff June 17

NCCC's first renewal workshop for staff in March was enthusiastically received by 18 participants. Now is your chance to try a learning and experiential activity that is refreshing and inspiring on Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Auditoria C and D, DHMC.

This workshop will incorporate the arts to nurture and renew anyone who works with oncology patients in any capacity—scheduling, social work, and clinical care. You will be led through a morning of safe, mind-refreshing activities led by Marv Klassen-Landis, Rebecca Gottesman, Margaret Stephens, and Deb Steele. Absolutely no experience is necessary or required in any of the activities. The fee is $10 and includes breakfast and lunch. Space is limited, so please sign up early.

To register, please visit: http://med.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/ccehs.html. If you have questions or want to talk to a nurse or other staff who took the May workshop please contact Deb Steele at 603-650-7751 or Deborah.J.Steele@hitchcock.org (for questions about registration email ccehs@hitchcock.org).This workshop program has been generously supported through grants from the NH State Council on the Arts and the Prouty Oncology Nursing Education Fund.

Calling All 2014 Prouty Volunteers!

The Prouty needs the help of more than 1,200 volunteers this year. If you can help by volunteering, please register yourself at http://www.theprouty.org and spread the word to everyone you know who might be able to lend a hand. The Prouty would not happen safely and successfully without volunteers. Participants always tell us that having such great volunteer support is one of the things they love best about The Prouty. Sign-up today!

Other Happenings

After Hours Bus Trip to Montreal for Jazz Fest on 6/28

Sign up for the After Hours bus trip to Montreal on Saturday, June 28 (6:15 a.m.-11:30 p.m.). There are free concerts galore for the 35th annual Jazz Festival, as well as all that “Canada's Cultural Capital” has to offer. You'll be on your own for a day of exploring, shopping, and eating! Participants must have valid passports or passport ID cards to present at the border. Registration and pre-payment required: $55/person at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~hrs/afterhours (more information)

For more listings on classes and events around the Dartmouth campus see VOX

Farmers’ Market at DHMC: Tuesday and Fridays

Farmers’ Market at DHMC: Tuesday and Fridays The summer Farmers’ Market will again come to DHMC on Tuesdays and Fridays. It will be located at the end of the walkway linking the East Mall Cancer Center entrance to Lot 20. Browse for fresh produce picked each Tuesday and Friday and pick up your pre-order CSA share at the same time. Participating Farms include: Cedar Circle Farm; Blue Ox Farm; Autumn Harvest Farm; Cedar Mountain Farm

For more DHMC announcements and events check out DH-Today

For Geisel School of Medicine events and announcements check the Geisel Insider

NCCC in the Media: April, 2014

"Anxiety from a false-positive mammogram is real but temporary, study says," (Anna Tosteson) 4/21/14;L.A. Times;US News and World Reports; Reuters; Huffington Post; Fox News; Philly.com; CBS; Union Leader; Oncology Nurse Advisor; HemOnc Today
"Tweens Who Play Sports Less Likely to Smoke: Study," (Anna Adachi-Mejia) 5/16/14Philly.com; Jersey Tribune; Israel Herald; Union Leader; Fox44; Science Newsline; HHS HealthBeat; Psych Central
"NH health experts say FDA proposed rules on e-cigarettes only a first step," (Susanne Tanski) 4/24/14; Union Leader; Eagle Tribune; Hippo Press
"Dartmouth scientists identify genetic blueprint for rare, aggressive cancerous tumors of the appendix," 4/14/14,Wallstreeter Cancer News; MedicalXpress

Grand Rounds

Norris Cotton Cancer Center typically holds Grand Rounds lectures on Tuesdays from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Barbara E. Rubin Building at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Our Events for Cancer Professionals listing shows our upcoming lectures. Most lectures can also be viewed live online. In addition, you can view recorded webcasts, or listen to recorded podcasts.