Prestigious National Speaking Role for Cancer Program Oncologist 07/06/2010
Medical Director for the Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird
Perkins, Mitchell Berger, MD recently presented during the American Society of
Clinical Oncology annual meeting. Dr. Berger spoke on disparities in cancer care
and the potential impact the National Cancer Institute’s Community Cancer
Centers Program (NCCCP) could have on the future of cancer care. Goals for the
NCCCP include further delivering state-of-the-art cancer care on a community
level and reducing disparities in cancer care. The Cancer Program of Our Lady of
the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins has been a NCI Community Cancer Centers Program –
Awarded Site since 2007.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology is the world’s leading professional
organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more
than 28,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through
scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Berger joined the Cancer Program as its Medical Director in 2009. He is
board certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Berger earned his
medical degree at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of
Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. He conducted his internship and residency
in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, and a
Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center in New York. He received his Masters Degree in Medical Management at
Tulane University in New Orleans and is also a Certified Physician Executive.
The Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins is the most
comprehensive cancer program in the region offering patients the convenience of
receiving high-quality, advanced cancer care in one location, close to home. The
cancer program offers surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and has been
accredited by The American College of Surgeons since 1992 – the gold-standard
for community-based cancer care. This program is a participant in the
prestigious National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Cancer Centers Program
(NCCCP) pilot. A successful pilot will lead to the nationwide launch of the
NCCCP in 2010.