A Nurse Navigator-Led Community-Based Cardio-Oncology Clinic

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A Nurse Navigator-Led Community-Based Cardio-Oncology Clinic

ACCC 37th National Oncology Conference

This educational activity is jointly provided by AXIS Medical Education and ACCC

This activity is supported by educational grants from Abbvie,  AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Lilly and Pfizer, Inc.

Release Date: 10/16/2020

Expire Date: 10/15/2021

Estimated Time to Complete: 75 minutes

Target audience: Physicians, nurses, APPs, nurse navigators, cancer program administrators, practice administrators

Overview: Hear how this program grew from manual chart mining to identify at-risk patients into a program sustained by robust referrals from providers looking for the specialized expertise of cardio-oncologists. Today Franciscan Health Cancer Center Indianapolis manages the cardio-toxic side effects of more than 1,000 cancer patients. Working in collaboration with medical oncologists and other members of the multidisciplinary team, the cardio-oncology team helps keep oncology patients in treatment and works to improve patient quality of life. Gain additional perspective from an educational video that chronicles a patient’s journey through the clinic.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of educating clinicians, administrators, patients, and other key stakeholders, such as payers, about the cardio-toxic effects of cancer treatment.
  • Demonstrate why the disciplines of medical oncology and cardiology must establish interdepartmental collaboration to identify at-risk patients and improve the management of these cancer patients.
  • Explain how a nurse navigator can act as a bridge between these two disciplines to improve care coordination and the patient experience.


Director, CardioOncology
Co-Director, Heart Failure Program and Anti-coagulation Clinic Franciscan Health Cancer Center Indianapolis

Kerry Skurka, RN, BSN
Cardio-Oncology Nurse Navigator Franciscan Health Cancer Center Indianapolis

Peter Garrett, MD FACR
Medical Director of Cancer Services and Radiation Oncology
Franciscan Health Cancer Center Indianapolis


Accreditation Statement


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AXIS Medical Education and ACCC.  AXIS Medical Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation for Nursing
AXIS Medical Education designates this continuing nursing education activity for 1.25 contact hours.
Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

AXIS Contact Information
For information about the accreditation of this program please contact AXIS at info@axismeded.org.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
AXIS Medical Education requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by AXIS for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:

Name of Faculty or Presenter/Planner

Reported Financial Relationship


Speakers Bureau: BI, BMS, Novartis, Pfizer

Kerry Skurka, RN, BSN

Nothing to disclose

Peter Garrett, MD FACR

Nothing to disclose

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity: 

Name of Planner/Manager/Reviewer

Reported Financial Relationship

Leigh Boehmer, PharmD, BCOP

Nothing to disclose

Christina Fuller, BSW

Nothing to disclose

Tom A. Gallo, MS, MDA

Nothing to disclose

Marilyn L. Haas-Haseman, PhD, RN, CNS, ANP-BC

Nothing to disclose

Monique J. Marino

Nothing to disclose

Rebecca McMahon

Nothing to disclose

Kerri Michalik, MHA, BSN

Nothing to disclose

Dee Morgillo, MEd., MT(ASCP), CHCP

Nothing to disclose

Barbara Schmidtman, PhD

Nothing to disclose


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. 

Method of Participation and Request for Credit    

  • Attend/participate in the educational activity and review all course materials. 

To receive credit for this activity, participants must review the activity information including learning objectives and faculty/planner disclosures and actively participate in the educational activity. Upon successfully completing the post-test with a score of 75% or better and the post-activity evaluation, your certificate will be made available immediately.

Peter Garrett

Medical Director of Cancer Services and Radiation Oncology

Dr. Garrett is the Medical Director of Cancer Services and Radiation Oncology at Franciscan St. Francis Hospital located on the Southside of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Garrett graduated from Queen’s University located in Kingston, Ontario in 1977. After graduating from Medical School he did an Internship in General Medicine through Queens University followed by a Radiation Oncology Residency and Fellowship at the University of Toronto through Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Ontario completing his program in 1981.

During Dr. Garrett’s tenure as a Radiation Oncologist, he has participated in many professional societies and professional committees. Dr. Garrett has also participated and continues to participate in several medical research groups and has been published multiple times.

Vijay Rao


A member of Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians (IHP), Dr. Rao practices at Franciscan Health Indianapolis and also sees patients at clinics in Greensburg and Greencastle. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.

Dr. Rao received his undergraduate degree in biology from DePauw University and earned his medical degree at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed an internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center and later completed fellowships in cardiology and echocardiography at the University of California (San Francisco), where he also was a clinical instructor in cardiology. Dr. Rao also has a PhD in molecular and cellular biology and pathobiology from the University of South Carolina.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography

He was instrumental in helping establishing an inpatient heart failure unit and coordinating heart failure care to reduce heart failure readmissions. Dr. Rao also played a key role in launching a cardio-oncology clinic that promotes collaboration between oncologists and cardiologists to help cancer patients successfully complete their cancer treatment with the goal of minimizing potential cardio-toxic effects of certain chemotherapy drugs.

Kerry Skurka

Cardio-Oncology Nurse Navigator

For the last 40 years, Kerry Skurka has been a practicing registered nurse and leader in cardiology, critical care and emergency medicine. In 2011, Kerry left her leadership role to switch gears as she wanted to once again care for patients at the bedside. In 2014, Kerry became an infusion nurse at Franciscan Health, where she quickly noticed cardiac issues in her oncology patients. Her cardiac nursing background and leadership experience then took her down the less-traveled path of cardio-oncology, which led to her becoming the first cardio-oncology nurse navigator at Franciscan Health in 2016. For Kerry, cancer care was personal. She was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2008 and stood by her husband’s side in 2013 as he was diagnosed with head and neck cancer and later passed away from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2017. As a cancer survivor herself, becoming the cardio-oncology nurse navigator at Franciscan was a natural fit that fueled a new passion in making a difference in cancer survivorship. Kerry’s passion about cardio-oncology is ever evident as she has lobbied both at the state and national levels; submitted multiple poster projects at various conferences; and strives to educate everyone she meets, because in her own words: cardio-oncology affects patients every day in every community.


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