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Growth and Strategic Achievement in 2013

By Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN

Happy New Year! As I look back on my first year as Chief Executive Officer of NCCN, I recall a time during which NCCN strengthened its foundation to achieve the milestones outlined in the NCCN Strategic Plan.

My welcome as CEO of NCCN in January 2013 marked the beginning of a number of leadership changes for the organization. In March 2013, Samuel M. Silver, MD, PhD, was elected the newest Chair of the NCCN Board of Directors; and the NCCN Foundation® also saw a change in leadership with the election of the Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher as Chair of the NCCN Foundation Board of Directors. Both Dr. Silver and Ms. Tauscher brought with them vast leadership experience, and we look forward to working with them in the coming years to further advance NCCN services for the oncology community and people with cancer.

In March 2013, we welcomed two new NCCN Member InstitutionsUC San Diego Moores Cancer Center and the University of Colorado Cancer Center. These two centers further strengthen the cadre of the other 21 world-class NCCN Member Institutions. 

NCCN continues its relationship with McKesson Specialty Health and The US Oncology Network to develop enhanced oncology pathways (Value Pathways powered by NCCN). NCCN is also collaborating with an outside firm to digitize NCCN Content for easier, more efficient integration into Health Information Technology platforms. Look for more news on this subject in the coming months!

NCCN broadened its global influence with the August 2013 launch of the NCCN International Educational Activities Program (IEAP), which recognizes ex-U.S. physicians who have demonstrated an understanding of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®).

The NCCN patient and caregiver audience was also expanded with the launch of the NCCN Patient and Caregiver Resources section of—a patient-friendly source for information about cancer, treatment, and supportive services. I encourage you and your colleagues to share this site with your patients and their caregivers to obtain the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® and other valuable resources.

From an employer perspective, NCCN completed its collaboration with the National Business Group on Health.  This initiative culminated in the publication of An Employer’s Guide to Cancer Treatment & Prevention—­a resource which addresses issues related to cancer across the continuum of care.

Finally, just prior to year’s end, NCCN announced that it was awarded the esteemed Accreditation with Commendation for six years by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

While achieving the accomplishments listed above, we at NCCN continued to enhance our core services. In 2013, the NCCN Guidelines® were downloaded more than 4.9 million times; more than 20,000 professionals participated in our continuing education activities; and we had 77 active research studies in the NCCN Oncology Research Program (ORP), as well as 13 Young Investigator Award projects.

NCCN remains committed to our mission to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. Through the programs mentioned above and other NCCN initiatives and activities, NCCN aspires to be the world’s leader in defining and advancing high-quality, high-value cancer care.

All of us at NCCN wish you and your colleagues a fulfilling 2014!