Samer Kanaan , MD FACS received a three-year appointment as Cancer Liaison Physician for the
cancer program at
Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center . Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited
by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).
Dr. Kanaan is among a national network of more than 1,500 volunteer physicians
who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish,
maintain, and support their facilities' cancer programs. Dr. Kanaan,
who has a significant interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients
with malignant diseases, is a member of the multidisciplinary cancer committee
at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Mission Viejo, CA, an institution
that is dedicated to facilitating the delivery of comprehensive quality
Cancer Liaison Physicians are responsible for evaluating, interpreting,
and reporting their facilities’ performance data through the National
Cancer Data Base (NCDB) and facilitating quality improvement initiatives
based on data findings. In addition, the Cancer Liaison Physician is responsible
for leading CoC initiatives within the cancer program and collaborating
with agencies such as the American Cancer Society on behalf of the hospital.
The CoC collects data from its accredited cancer programs and provides
tools for these programs to facilitate analysis of patterns of diagnosis,
treatment, and quality of care for patients treated at the hospital.
The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the Commission
on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) and the American
Cancer Society (ACS), is a nationwide oncology outcomes database for more
than 1,500 Commission-accredited cancer programs in the United States
and Puerto Rico. Some 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cases of cancer
in the United States are captured at the institutional level and reported
to the NCDB. The Cancer Liaison Physician works with the cancer program
staff to facilitate the submission, presentation, use, and interpretation
of NCDB data. Analyzing and sharing these data with the cancer committee
can have a positive impact on cancer patient care at the facility.
The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving
survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting,
prevention, research, education, and monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
For more information on the Cancer Liaison Program contact
firstname.lastname@example.org, the Commission on Cancer at the American College of Surgeons, 633 N.
Saint Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-202-5085; or visit