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NCCN Annual Patient Advocacy Summit Offers Roadmap for Navigating Cancer Care in America

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is hosting a Patient Advocacy Summit to highlight practice and policy solutions to help improve seamless care access and outcomes for patients.


NCCN’s Patient Advocacy Summit: Navigating the Care Continuum from Screening through Survivorship will address issues associated with care transitions, disparities according to health coverage, and social determinants of health. Presenters will showcase best practices for assisting people with cancer through care coordination, patient navigation, digital innovations, and other programs. Topics include: the future of patient navigation, the impact patient navigation has on care, and strategies for mitigating the economic burden on patients. Best practices presentations from patient advocates will include information on various resources, including the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®.

Where:          The National Press Club – 13th Floor

                        529 14th Street NW

                        Washington, D.C.

                        *** Virtual Attendance Also Available ***

When:            Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 9:20 am – 3:00 pm EST

                        (Breakfast and exhibits begin at 8:30 am for in-person attendees)


Francesca Gany, MD, MS Chief, Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Introduction: Moderator: Closing:
Crystal S. Denlinger, MD Clifford Goodman, PhD Wui-Jin Koh, MD
Chief Executive Officer  Healthcare Consultant Chief Medical Officer

Panel Members:

  • Jennifer Bires, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Executive Director, Life with Cancer and Patient Experience at Inova Schar Cancer Institute, Leadership Council for AONN+
  • Tina Gerovac-Lavasseur, DNP, RN, Nurse Project Manager, American Indian Cancer Foundation
  • Carmen Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP, Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Medicine, Abramson Cancer Center at University of Pennsylvania
  • Rifeta Kajdić-Hodžić, Senior Program Manager, Provider Education, Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC)
  • Ronald Kline, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Quality Measurement and Value-based Incentives Group, CCSQ, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Alti Rahman, MHA/MBA, CSSBB, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, American Oncology Network
  • Jamil Rivers, Chief Executive Officer, The Chrysalis Initiative
  • Deric Savior, MD, FCPP, System Division Chief of Hematology - Oncology, Main Line Health
  • Alicia Staley, Vice President, Patient Engagement, Medidata Solutions
  • Rodney Tucker, MD, MMM, Professor of Medicine, Ritchie Endowed Chair in Palliative Care Leadership, Director, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care, Associate Director for DEI, O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

Best Practices Presentations:

  • Karen Costello, MSS, LSW, OSW-C, Senior Director & Cancer Support Helpline Navigator, Cancer Support Community
  • Patrick Delaney, Executive Director, NCCN Foundation
  • Jackie Herigodt, Director of Partnerships & Engagement, Imerman Angels
  • Lisa Schlager, Vice President, Public Policy, FORCE: Facing our Risk of Cancer Empowered

Media can contact Rachel Darwin at for complimentary press registration. Visit for the full agenda.

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About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is a not-for-profit alliance of leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education. NCCN is dedicated to improving and facilitating quality, effective, equitable, and accessible cancer care so all patients can live better lives. The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) provide transparent, evidence-based, expert consensus recommendations for cancer treatment, prevention, and supportive services; they are the recognized standard for clinical direction and policy in cancer management and the most thorough and frequently-updated clinical practice guidelines available in any area of medicine. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients® provide expert cancer treatment information to inform and empower patients and caregivers, through support from the NCCN Foundation®. NCCN also advances continuing education, global initiatives, policy, and research collaboration and publication in oncology. Visit for more information.