Thomas Hogan, MD, is new Commission on Cancer liaison for WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –Thomas Hogan, M.D., oncologist at West Virginia University’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, has been named Cancer Liaison Physician, reporting to a national group that sets standards for hospital-based cancer care.

He joins a network of some 1,600 volunteer physicians who represent their facilities’ cancer programs in close alliance with the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.

A medical oncologist, Hogan will be responsible for communicating with the CoC about issues including the functioning of the cancer center’s tumor boards. Tumor boards are multidisciplinary conferences attended by doctors from differing specialties to discuss patients’ cases. Typically a surgeon, oncologist, radiologist, pathologist and others will sit in on each conference.

“Sometimes there’s a lot of discussion,” Hogan explained. “When you have several people looking at a problem, you come up with solutions you wouldn’t otherwise. That’s one of the advantages of patients coming to a major center.”

“Working with the CoC gives the Cancer Center visibility at a national level,” Scot C. Remick, M.D., director of the Cancer Center, said. “We are looking forward to Dr. Hogan’s leadership in strengthening our ties to this important group, which helps keeps us in touch with continuing improvements in patient care.”

The American College of Surgeons established the CoC in 1922. In addition to setting standards, the CoC also aims to improve survival and quality of life for cancer patients through research, education and the monitoring of hospital-based care.

For more information about WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
ab: 05-06-08

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