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March 16, 2015

Message from the Director

CaseCCC/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute Has Been Named the Newest NCCN Member Institution

I am delighted to announce that Case CCC/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute has been elected as the newest members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN®).  This occurred Friday March 13, at the NCCN board presentation where Dr Levitan, Dr Bolwell, and I were present.  The vote was unanimous with considerable enthusiasm.

The NCCN is a not-for-profit alliance of the world's leading cancer centers dedicated to quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. NCCN now has 26 Member Institutions serving patients throughout the United States.

The Chief Executive Officer of NCCN, Robert W. Carlson, MD said "Case Comprehensive Cancer Center brings to NCCN unique and valuable attributes, including a robust genomics program and clinical research operational infrastructure, that indeed will enhance the already extraordinary collaboration of the alliance. We look forward to working with their renowned experts and leadership to further the NCCN mission, support and enhance evidence-based decision-making, and promote the importance of continuous process improvement."

In addition, we were warmly welcomed by Samuel M. Silver, MD, PhD.  "I am excited to welcome Case Comprehensive Cancer Center to the NCCN alliance," said Dr Silver, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chair, NCCN Board of Directors. "Collaborating with their expert clinicians and researchers will indeed strengthen our network and improve the lives of patients with cancer."

There will be many opportunities for our members to be involved with NCCN and we will keep you informed as those opportunities arise.

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Participate in the ideastream Series

As many of you know, a precursor to the showing of the documentary, Ken Burns Presents Cancer- The Emperor of All Maladies, ideastream (90.3 WCPN, WVIZ/PBS and has embarked on a project to cover a myriad of cancer stories regionally.  In addition to our members taking center stage in this informative series, Civic Commons ideastream is also providing additional opportunities to showcase our expertise.  

First on Thursday, March 19 from 8-9 pm, through an online forum.  Participants can view a 40-minute preview of 4 representative segments from the Emperor of All Maladies, with breaks in the show's screening for online discussion. This view and chat format will include patients, physicians, scientists and community members.  By preregistering online, ideastream will highlight your name and affiliation, providing a strong presence and voice from the cancer center. If you want to represent the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center in this online forum, please email Andrew Samtoy at for more information.  

We will have a second opportunity for participation on Thursday, March 26 from 5-7 pm for a live panel discussion held at The Idea Center at Playhouse Square (Westfield Insurance Studio). ideastream will be hosting this free, public event, featuring a panel discussion focusing on the ethics of cancer treatment.  This event will also feature select segments from The Emperor of All Maladies. I will be serving on the panel along with Anne Lederman Flamm - Cleveland Clinic Bioethics Department, Barbara Daly - CWRU School of Nursing, Dr. Chirag Shah - Summa Health oncologist, and Angelo Merendino - a photographer who captured his wife's battle with cancer.

I encourage you to register to participate online, or to be an audience member at the live panel discussion.  You can register for both events at

Stan Gerson, MD
Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center