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Englewood Hospital Physician Appointed Commission on Cancer Liaison

Tanuja Damani, MD, FACS,
Cancer Liaison Physician
for the cancer program at
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center 

Englewood, NJ, January 17, 2012 – Tanuja Damani, MD, FACS, recently received a three-year appointment as Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.  Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

Dr. Damani is among a national network of over 1,600 volunteer physicians who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain, and support their facilities' cancer program. Dr. Damani, who recently joined the Department of Surgery at Englewood Hospital after being in practice in New York City for several years, has a significant interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with malignant diseases.  An expert in treating a wide range of abdominal and intestinal cancers through minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery, Dr. Damani is a member of the multidisciplinary cancer committee at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, which is dedicated to facilitating the delivery of comprehensive quality cancer care.

“I am honored to serve as the Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at Englewood Hospital,” said Dr. Damani. “Our team of surgeons, physicians and healthcare experts is committed to delivering the best cancer treatment options to our patients, and this appointment allows me the opportunity to guide the process of ensuring the highest standards of cancer care as we continue to expand our program for the benefit of our communities.”

Cancer Liaison Physicians are responsible for spearheading CoC initiatives within their cancer program; collaborating with agencies, such as the American Cancer Society (ACS); and facilitating quality improvement initiatives utilizing data submitted to the CoC's National Cancer Database (NCDB).  The CoC collects data from its accredited cancer programs and provides tools back to these facilities to facilitate the analysis of patterns of diagnosis, treatment, and quality of care.

The NCDB currently contains patient demographics, tumor characteristics, treatment, and outcomes information for over 25 million malignant cancers diagnosed and treated at hospital-cancer programs in the United States between 1985 and 2008.  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.

In an effort to assist the more than 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with cancer each year, Cancer Liaison Physicians at CoC-accredited programs also facilitate participation in the Commission’s Facility Information Profile System (FIPS).  FIPS provides the public with information about resources, services, and annual cancer cases diagnosed at CoC-accredited facilities.  These data are shared with the public through the CoC Web site at www.facs.org/cancer.

The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of 50 professional organizations dedicated to improving the survival and quality of life for cancer patients.  The Commission achieves its goal through standard-setting, cancer prevention, research, educational activities, as well as monitoring comprehensive quality care.  Its membership includes national organizations representing the full spectrum of cancer care and Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.  The Commission’s core functions include establishing standards to ensure the delivery of quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care in health care settings; surveying facilities to assess compliance with those standards; collecting standardized data from accredited facilities to measure quality; using data to monitor treatment patterns, support cancer control, and enhance clinical surveillance activities; and developing effective educational interventions to improve outcomes at the national, state, and local level.

There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States, and approximately 70 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients are treated in these institutions.

For more information on the Cancer Liaison Program and the Commission on Cancer, visit www.facs.org/cancer.

About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides patients the highest level of com-passionate care through state-of-the-art clinical programs and the most advanced treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its blood-less medicine and surgery, cardiac/vascular, breast care, oncology and joint replacement programs. EHMC has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among 6% of hospitals nationwide honored with Magnet recognition for nursing excellence, a distinction earned three consecutive times.

To learn more, visit www.EnglewoodHospital.com. To contact Dr. Damani in the Department of Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, call 201-608-2800.

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.