The Cancer Committee oversees the cancer care delivered within the Medical Center and reports to the Clinical Staff Executive Committee.  The Committee promotes a coordinated multidisciplinary approach to patient care management and ensures that an active, supportive care system is in place for patients, families and staff, and will follow the requirements outlined in the most current American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Program Standards.

Membership: The Cancer Committee shall be composed of at least one board certified Physician representative from Surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology, Pathology and Cancer Liaison Physician.  Non-physician membership includes Administration, Nursing, Social Services, Cancer Registry, and Quality Assurance.

Staff support is provided by Cancer Center Administration.

Meetings: The Cancer Committee shall meet as necessary but at least quarterly.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with institutional committees and departments
  • Develops and evaluates the annual goals and objectives for the clinical educational and programmatic activities related to cancer
  • Ensures that educational and consultative cancer conferences cover all major sites and related issues
  • Ensures that an active supportive care system is in place for patient families and staff
  • Monitors, manages and improves performance through completion of initiatives that focus on quality, access to care and outcomes
  • Promotes clinical research
  • Supervises the cancer registry and ensures accurate and timely abstracting, staging and follow-up reporting
  • Monitors quality control of cancer registry data
  • Encourages data usage and regular reporting
  • Provides an annual report prior to November 1 that meets required ACOS standards
  • Upholds medical ethical standards

Current Members



David Brenin, M.D., Chair


Reid Adams, MD

Director, Clinical Cancer Services

Debbie Amigh

Cancer Registry

Joel Anderson, RN

Director, Acute Care Services

Laura Kavanagh, RN

Cancer Center Quality Improvement

Mildred Best, MDiv

Chaplaincy & Pastoral Education

Leslie Blackhall, MD

Palliative Care

Veronica Brill, RN, MSN

Director, Clinical Operations

Kathy DeGregory, PharmD


Patrick Dillon, MD


Linda Duska, MD


Carole Havrila, RD

Nutritional Services

Joanna Horn, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor, Cancer Center

Tamila Kindwall-Keller, MD

Stem Cell Transplant Program

Gabrielle Marzani-Nissen, MD

Psych Services

Christopher Moskaluk, MD


Marvinette Palmer

Cancer Registry

Kim Penberthy, MD

Psych Services

Gina Petroni, PhD

Public Health Services

Bridget Peterson-Fennell, LCSW, ACSW

Social Work

Gospova Radakovic MD

Clinical Research

Paul Read, MD

Radiation Oncology

Patrice Rehm, MD

Diagnostic Radiology

Jody Reyes, MSBA, BSN, OCN

Administrator, Cancer Center

Anneka Schroen, MD, MPH

Surgical Oncology

Christie Sheffield

Community Outreach Coordinator

Penny Tapscott, RN


Michael Williams, MD


Zimin Zhao, MD

Pathology Resident