Nov 28

Oeffinger Appointed to Leadership Roles in Onco-Primary Care and Survivorship

oeffinger_blog

Kevin Oeffinger, MD

Kevin Charles Oeffinger, MD, has been named director of the Duke Cancer Supportive Care and Survivorship Center at Duke Cancer Institute. He has also been charged with establishing the Duke Center for Onco-Primary Care, an innovative program within the Duke Cancer Institute, in partnership with the Duke University Health System, that unites cancer specialists and primary care clinicians.

Oeffinger will also accept a faculty appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Community and Family Health at Duke Health.

Since 2014 Oeffinger has directed the Cancer Survivorship Center at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). For the past 11 years he has served as director of the Adult Long-Term Follow-Up Program at MSKCC; a program he established to serve the needs of high risk adult survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer.

Oeffinger received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. For the past four years he was an attending physician in the department of medicine at MSKCC’s Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, and from 2005 to 2012 was an attending physician in the department of pediatrics.

Oeffinger’s extensive research background includes, most recently, serving as principal investigator of a multi-million dollar grant from the National Cancer Institute for a multi-center study on promoting breast cancer screening in women who survived childhood cancer, as co-investigator and executive committee member for a 26-institution cohort NCI-funded childhood cancer survivor study, and as PI for a study focused on improving outcomes of cancer survivors and mentoring and bridging primary care and oncology.
Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/oeffinger-appointed-to-leadership-roles-in-onco-primary-care-and-survivorship/

Nov 14

Duke Cancer Institute Announces 2016 Superstars

2016 DCI SuperStars: Lori Pickens, DCI Administrator; Tracy Gosselin; Bonnie Toaso; Julie Rasmussen; and Michael Kastan, executive director, DCI.

Duke Cancer Institute held its Sixth Annual Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Hosted by DCI executive director Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, the event, which celebrates the previous year’s milestones, recognized achievements and exceptional service in the form of Superstar Awards, including Lifetime Achievement, Exceptional Care and Exceptional Colleague.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Tracy Gosselin, PhD, RN, who after 23 years in oncology was recently promoted to chief nursing and patient care services officer for Duke University Hospital. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor given by Duke Cancer Institute and is presented to the individual who daily lives out the institute’s core values, consistently demonstrating a commitment to excellence and compassionate care.

“Tracy is a natural born leader,” said Carolyn Carpenter, MHA, FACHE, former administrator of Duke Cancer Institute and now chief operating officer for Duke University Hospital. “She is a role model for professional excellence through her accomplishments as a clinician and an educator.”

The Exceptional Care Award was presented to Bonnie Toaso, clinical research nurse coordinator for Hematologic Malignancies and Bone Marrow Transplant.

“As a research nurse, Bonnie never fails to show her tremendous support and concern for the patients she cares for,” said her nominator, Peggy Alton, who highlighted a recent case in which Toaso went above and beyond in supporting a patient from start to finish, ensuring the patient and his wife had the resources they needed to journey through two clinical trials. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/dci-announces-2016-superstars/

Nov 08

Wilkins Named Health Center Administrator, Duke Regional Hospital Outpatient Oncology

Jennifer Wilkins

Jennifer Wilkins, RN

Jennifer Wilkins, RN, has been named health center administrator for Duke Cancer Center North Durham.

A native of Henderson, North Carolina, Wilkins has more than 17 years of experience in healthcare, including nine years in oncology nursing and management. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will receive her Master of Science degree in nursing in May 2017.

Most recently, Wilkins served as health center administrator for Duke Primary Care-Henderson. In her new role she will partner with radiation and medical oncology programs in North Durham. Wilkins has a dual reporting relationship with Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Cancer Institute.

“As part of the Duke Cancer Institute leadership team, I have the opportunity to merge the expertise of Duke Oncology into the community setting,” said Wilkins. “By combining medical oncology services with the already well established radiation oncology services offered at Duke Regional Hospital we can offer a more comprehensive community oncology experience for our patients. I look forward to growing our oncology service line and contributing to increased access to quality care for our patients.”

Wilkins assumed her new role as health center administrator on Oct. 3.

Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/wilkins-named-health-center-administrator-duke-regional-hospital-outpatient-oncology/

Nov 08

Duke Campus Club November

unknownDuke Campus Club offers a flexible way for women affiliated with Duke to boost their options for fun and friendship. Duke Campus activities including family friendly tailgating and interest groups such as book clubs, private art gallery tours and docent-led museum tours, music performances, bowling, gourmet and wine groups, table games, hiking and much more.

A low $25 annual membership fee opens the door to fun. Activities are held during daytime, evening and weekends to fit busy schedules. A no pressure participation policy allows members to participate when interest and schedule permit.

Members are a diverse group of women affiliated with Duke, and spouses and partners are invited to many activities. Membership is open to female faculty and employees, spouses of employees and faculty, alumnae, volunteers, Osher Life Long Learning participants and their family members. To join, visit www.dukecampusclub.com.

Further fun can be had at the Duke Homestead Historic Site Tour on November 16. For further information go to www.dukecampusclub.com.

 

Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/duke-campus-club-november/

Nov 08

Innovative Cancer Research the Focus of DCI Scientific Retreat  

The Fourth Annual Duke Cancer Institute Scientific Retreat featured presentations by eight up-and-coming DCI researchers and DCI faculty member Charles Gersbach. (left to right, back row) Grace Anderson, BS/PhD candidate; Brooke Palus, BS; Brian Sullivan, MD; Hisayuki Yao, MD, PhD; Charles Gersbach, PhD (left to right, front row) Heidi Bretscher, BS; April Deveaux, MD, PhD; Jing Chen, PhD; Amy Petty, MD, PhD. Photo by Les Todd, LKT Photography LLC

The Fourth Annual Duke Cancer Institute Scientific Retreat featured presentations by eight up-and-coming DCI researchers. (left to right, back row) Grace Anderson, BS/PhD candidate; Brooke Palus, BS; Brian Sullivan, MD; Hisayuki Yao, MD, PhD; Charles Gersbach, PhD (left to right, front row) Heidi Bretscher, BS; April Deveaux, MD, PhD; Jing Chen, PhD; Amy Petty, MD, PhD.

Duke Cancer Institute hosted the Fourth Annual DCI Scientific Retreat on Friday, Oct. 28, at Bay 7 in the American Tobacco District in Durham. The event featured the second-annual *O. Michael Colvin Memorial Lecture, which was presented by Levi A. Garraway, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

For the first time this year, in a tradition that will continue at subsequent retreats, the work of a DCI faculty member was highlighted in addition to the recognition of eight up-and-coming scientists — all of whom presented their latest research findings in the areas of basic, clinical, population and translational science.

Brooke Palus, a second-year graduate student working in the lab of Sandeep Dave, MD, MS, MBA, was the recipient of the Robert and Barbara Bell Award for Basic Science Cancer Research for her work in canine comparative oncology. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/innovative-cancer-research-the-focus-of-dci-scientific-retreat/

Nov 08

Lung Cancer A Bump In The Road for Onetime Smoker

knowles_web

Ronald Knowles, a military veteran and an avid motorcycle riding enthusiast, says he wouldn’t be riding today if it were not for lung cancer screening at Duke Cancer Institute.

Ronald Knowles, 68, remembers the day a new patient appointment with Duke Primary Care physician assistant Leanne Owens changed his life. Owens was going over his history, including his COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and asked him if he smoked and how much.

He said he guessed two-to-three packs per day “depending on what kind of day I’m having.”

“I told her that if I needed a pack of cigarettes I could just reach up and get one,” he said, “and whenever I lit one, I still had one burning in the ash tray.”

Knowles estimated he’d smoked for 50 years. He started as a teen, then continued smoking through 14 years of military service, a decades-long career with General Telephone in Durham, and into “early retirement” when he bought three North Carolina convenience stores and a truck stop.

“I was running between all of those shops seven days a week and I had just started selling them off and gotten down to one store at that point,” he said. “I was ready to really retire.” Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/lung-cancer-a-bump-in-the-road-for-onetime-smoker/

Nov 04

Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh is Press Ganey ‘Team of the Year’

Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh team accepts the Press Ganey Award: Pictured from left to right are Sara Syvinski; Dionne Vines; Patrick Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey; Julie Yamadi; Paul Davis; Ramona Basnight; Dr. Yuri Fesko; Priscilla Ramseur; Dorina Trone; and Holly Bradicich.

Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh team accepts the Press Ganey Award: Pictured from left to right are Sara Syvinski; Dionne Vines; Patrick Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey; Julie Yamadi; Paul Davis; Ramona Basnight; Dr. Yuri Fesko; Priscilla Ramseur; Dorina Trone; and Holly Bradicich.

Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh has received the inaugural “Team of the Year” award from Press Ganey for exceptional teamwork in transforming an outdated facility into a comprehensive clinic that provides a full spectrum of women’s cancer services.

“The award justifiably honors an outstanding team that demonstrated throughout a challenging transition an unwavering commitment to delivering safe, high-quality, and compassionate care,” said David Zaas, MD, MBA, president of Duke Raleigh Hospital (DRAH). “The team and the Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh itself embody not just our commitment to world-class cancer care, but also to ensuring a world-class experience to our patients.”

Press Ganey is a leading provider of patient-experience measurement, performance analytics and strategic advisory solutions designed to help healthcare organizations improve clinical quality, safety and the patient experience. DRAH received its award on Nov. 2 at Press Ganey’s national conference in Orlando, Fla.

The effort that led to the award began in 2015, when DRAH set a goal to dedicate one of its three cancer centers to the care of women’s cancers, and to place under one roof every service a cancer patient might need. That process required merging several teams: cancer center staff, breast surgeons in independent practice, hospital radiology staff, radiation oncologists, and support services.

“This team became true champions of the project because of the benefits they knew it would bring to patients,” Zaas said. “They were engaged throughout the process, and showed professionalism and optimism, despite the demands of caring for patients on a daily basis throughout months of construction and structural changes to the team.”

The clinic remained open during the transition. As team members continued to provide unparalleled care for patients, they used the transition as an opportunity to talk to the patients about the plans and obtain their feedback. The team’s positive attitude helped put patients at ease and improved their experience.

The 35,000-square-foot clinic, formerly known as Duke Cancer Center Macon Pond, officially opened on July 11, 2016, with a multi-disciplinary team of 14 physicians and 65 staff. Operating on a team-based model like the Duke Cancer Center in Durham, it boasts some of the top breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, and hematologists in the region along with highly skilled nurse practitioners and patient navigators.

“The individuals and organizations recognized today represent the innovation and bold leadership our industry needs to advance the delivery of safe, high-quality, reliable care across the continuum,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO at Press Ganey. “Press Ganey is honored to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2016 award winners and proud to be a partner to these exceptional organizations in the mission to reduce patient suffering.”

Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/duke-womens-cancer-care-raleigh-is-press-ganey-team-of-the-year/

Nov 04

Ten DCI Faculty Named Duke Health Scholars and Fellows

Dean of the Duke University School of Medicine Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, announced to staff on Wednesday that 38 School of Medicine faculty members have been named Duke Health Scholars and Duke Health Fellows. Ten of the named Duke Health Scholars and Duke Health Fellows are affiliated with Duke Cancer Institute.

The aim of this inaugural program, according to the announcement, “is to support the research efforts and enhance the academic success of early to mid-career clinician-scientists in School of Medicine clinical departments.”

“Receipt of these awards recognizes both past achievements and future potential for continued success as clinician-scientists,” Andrews wrote.

Award recipients were nominated by their department chairs and selected through peer review. Duke Health Scholars are generally more established and will receive substantial awards to expand their research in new directions. Duke Health Fellows will receive a smaller research discretionary fund and expert mentoring tailored to their interests and career aspirations. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/ten-dci-som-faculty-named-duke-health-scholars-and-duke-health-fellows/

Nov 04

November 2016 Newsmakers

Why Patient-Centric Care Works (Psychology Today)

Features Nelson Jen An Chao, M.D., MBA, and Krista Rowe-Nichols RN, MSN

Three from Duke named to National Academy of Medicine (Durham Herald Sun)
Features Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD, and Donald P. McDonnell, PhD 

WATCH: Dr. Blackwell on the Impact of the CLEOPATRA and MARIANNE Studies in HER2+ Breast Cancer (ONC Live)
Features Kimberly Blackwell, MD

Expert Shares Latest Therapeutic Developments for Patients with HER2+ Breast Cancer (Targeted Oncology)
Features Kimberly Blackwell, MD

How Exercise Impacts Your Breast Cancer Risk (Australian Women’s Health)
Features Lee W. Jones, PhD

WATCH: Dr. Marcom Reflects on Field of HR+ Breast Cancer (Onc Live)
Features Paul Kelly Marcom, MD

New tricks in canine cancer research may improve treatments for humans, too (The Washington Post)
Mentions DCI

Getting to the Root of Financial Toxicity in Colorectal Cancer (Cure Today)
Features Yousuf Zafar, MD

Study: NC’s problem with cancer-causing chemical goes beyond coal ash (WRAL)
Features Avner Vengosh of Nicholas School of the Environment 

 

Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/november-2016-newsmakers/

Nov 04

myRESEARCHhome: Hands-on Demonstrations Available for Faculty (12.1.16)

DUKE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Would you like a hands-on demonstration of the features of the new Duke CTSA (Clinical & Translational Science Award)-funded portal, myRESEARCHhome?

Two brief sessions will be offered in early December for faculty. Bring your laptop to explore your research portfolio, finances, training, and other resources at Duke. Register for one of two sessions: December 1, 9-10am, Duke North 2003 or December 6, 10-11am, SSRI Gross Hall 230C. More information about the new portal can be accessed here.

READ MORE ABOUT myRESEARCHhome

Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/myresearchhome-hands-on-demonstrations-available-for-faculty-12-1-16/

Older posts «