Dr. Kenneth Smith of Columbus recently received a three-year appointment as Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at the Medical Center.
Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Smith is among a national network of more than 1,600 volunteer physicians who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain and support their facility's cancer program.
The National Cancer Database currently contains patient demographics, tumor characteristics, treatment and outcome information for more than 22 malignant cancers diagnosed and treated at hospital cancer programs in the United States between 1985 and 2006.
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The Cancer Liaison Physician works with the cancer program staff to facilitate the submission, presentation and use of this data.