Current Projects

NCI-Comprehensive Cancer Center Tumor Board Program

What if we could learn about the types of discussions that are happening at top cancer centers around the country? What if, instead of being restricted within 4 walls, those conversations could be shared with all of us?

In collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Center, we designed a process to capture and share knowledge from top cancer centers with community oncologists.

Program Leader: Marina Sharifi, MD, PGY6, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Our site leaders are:

  • Craig C. Hofmeister, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • Thorvardur (Thor) R. Halfdanarson, MD, Professor of Oncology, Mayo Clinic
  • Matthew J. Matasar, MD, Medical Oncologist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Robert Wesolowski, MD, Associate Professor, Ohio State University
  • Sam J. Lubner, MD, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin
  • Praveen Vikas, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Tycel J. Phillips, MD, Associate Professor, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Frederick H. Wilson, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Brem, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine
  • Sarah C. Rutherford, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Matthew A. Lunning, DO, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska College of Medicine
  • Meghna S. Trivedi, MD, Assistant Professor, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Martina C. Murphy, MD, Associate Professor, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Kelly McCann, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Michael Cecchini, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine , Yale Cancer Center
  • Paul Kunk , MD, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
  • Gregory A. Durm, MD, Assistant Professor, IU/PUI School of Medicine
  • Chandrikha Chandrasekharan, MBBS, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Mei Wei, MD, Fellow, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Katy E. Beckermann, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor - Division of Hematology/Oncology with GU focus, Vanderbilt
  • Matthew J. Butler, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Angel Qin, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
  • Avan J. Armaghani, MD, Assistant Professor, Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Vadim S. Koshkin, MD, Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco
  • Kerry Schaffer, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Jason S. Starr, DO, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
  • James Hu, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, USC / Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Marina N. Sharifi, MD, PhD, Fellow, UW Madison Hospital and Clinics
  • Kristen R. Spencer, DO, MPH, Assistant Professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Priyadarshini Pathak, MD, Fellow, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Amr Mohamed, MD, GI Medical Oncologist, UH Seidman Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University
  • Sandip H. Patel, MD, Fellow, Ohio State University James Cancer Center
  • Michael E. Roth, MD, Associate Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • David R. Freyer, DO, MS, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Medicine, and Preventive Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Stefanie Thomas, MD, , Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Anthony N. Audino, MD, , Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Ning Jin, MD, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
  • Ajit Bisen, MD, Assistant Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Rahul Banerjee, MD, , UCSF
  • Julia Foldi, MD, PhD, Fellow, Yale School of Medicine
  • Matthew K. Labriola, MD, Fellow, Duke University Hospital
  • Ben Derman, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago
  • S. Alex Mastroyannis, MD, Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Nicholas Yeager, MD, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Catherine H. Marshall, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, John Hopkins Medicine
  • Hannah Lust, MD, Fellow, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Melissa Brackmann, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Bassam Sonbol, MD, Hematologist / Oncologist, Mayo Clinic
  • Payam Katebi Kashi, MD, PhD, Gynecologic Oncologist, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Saurabh Zanwar, MD, Fellow, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education
  • John S. Underwood, MD, Resident, Indiana University
  • Taylor Brooks, MD, Fellow, Cleveland Clinic
  • Madhulika Eluri, MD, Fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Christopher Cann, MD, Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Raising awareness about NCI clinical trials on theMednet

theMednet is committed to helping oncologists get answers to their clinical questions. Often, the best answer to a question is a clinical trial.

Clinical trials are how scientific discoveries are translated into improving in cancer care for our patients. The bad news is that only 2-3% of adults with cancer currently enroll on trials. We know that physician awareness of clinical trials has the strongest relationship with accrual, but with everything else on a physician’s mind, it’s incredibly hard to know the right trial at the right time for the right patient.

theMednet has partnered with SWOG and the National Science Foundation to connect oncologists with more trials around the country so that more patients can get tomorrow’s standard of care today.

Journal Club with ASCO

Journal Clubs are a great way to keep up to date with the latest research.

However, it's hard to schedule and bring people together in a modern clinical setting. You have to agree on papers to review, coordinate across Doctor's busy schedules, book rooms, etc.

In partnership with ASCO, theMednet is running online journal clubs with papers sponsored by ASCO.