CHICAGO, Ill. — William Barrett, MD, FACS, Ada, Okla., recently received a three-year appointment as Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at Valley View Regional Hospital. Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

Barrett is among a national network of over 1,600 volunteer physicians who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain, and support their facilities' cancer program. Barrett, who has a significant interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with malignant disease, is a member of the multidisciplinary cancer committee at Valley View.

Cancer Liaison Physicians are responsible for spearheading CoC initiatives within their cancer program; collaborating with local agencies, such as the American Cancer Society (ACS); and facilitating quality improvement initiatives, utilizing data submitted to the CoC's National Cancer Database (NCDB). The CoC collects data from its approved cancer programs and provides tools back to these facilities to facilitate the analysis of patterns of diagnosis and treatment.

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