Appalachian Community Cancer Alliance: Who We Are and What We Can Accomplish
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The Appalachian Community Cancer Alliance, established in 2021 by six oncology state societies, aims to improve cancer care in rural Appalachia where cancer is diagnosed at a 32% higher rate than that of the U.S. national average. The Alliance invites you to join in this webinar and learn more about its mission, obtain insight into the unique needs of the Appalachian region, discuss how the Alliance is responding to those needs, and how you can participate and/or stay abreast of Alliance progress and resources.
Aasems Jacob, MD, FACP, FAPCR
Hematologist/Oncologist, Leonard Lawson Cancer Center, Pikeville Medical Center Adjunct Faculty University of Pikeville Pikeville, KY
Aasems Jacob, MD, FACP, FAPCR, is a Hematologist/Oncologist at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center at the Pikeville Medical Center and Adjunct Faculty at University of Pikeville. His clinical and research interests in the specialty include thoracic oncology, immunotherapy, and healthcare disparities.
Dr. Jacob completed medical school from University of Kerala, India and residency in Internal Medicine from Monmouth Medical Center, NJ. His fellowship in Hematology/Oncology was completed at University of Kentucky where he served as the Chief Fellow.
Richard Ingram, MD
President, Virginia Association of Hematologists and Oncologists; Medical Oncologist, Shenandoah Oncology
Richard Michael Ingram, MD, is a physician partner at Shenandoah Oncology in Winchester, VA, and the President of the Virginia Association of Hematology Oncology. He serves patients in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and surrounding communities in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. Dr. Ingram also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Oncology Alliance.
Dr. Ingram received his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Syracuse. He completed an internship and residency at the University of Virginia.
Nicole L. Stout DPT, CLT-LANA, FAPTA
Research Assistant Professor West Virginia Cancer Institute, Research Assistant Professor West Virginia University School of Public Health Morgantown, WV
Dr. Nicole L. Stout is a research assistant professor at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute and a research assistant professor at the West Virginia University School of Public Health in Morgantown, WV.
Dr. Stout’s research interests include cancer rehabilitation and survivorship care. She studies implementation of survivorship supportive care services in cancer care delivery and oversees WVUCI’s survivorship research agenda, quality improvement initiatives, and supportive care infrastructure development. Her research focus is on development and implementation of cancer care delivery models and interventions that prevent functional decline during and after cancer care. Key funded components of her research agenda include (i) studying the implementation of prospective, risk stratified functional assessment and symptom management strategies across cancer care delivery, (ii) studying community outreach and engagement strategies with primary care providers to enable implementation of cancer prevention and control interventions
Dr. Stout received her Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1994, a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Chatham University in 1998 and a clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2013. She has a post graduate certificate in Health Policy from the George Washington University School of Public Health.
David S. Switzer MD, FAAFP
Medical Director, Population Health Valley Health System, Luray, VA
David Switzer MD, FAAFP, is the Medical Director of Population Health at Valley Health System in Luray, VA. He also provides primary care services in Page County, VA. Dr. Switzer also serves as the President of the Board of the Page Free Clinic in Luray, VA.
Dr. Switzer completed his undergraduate studies, medical school, and family medicine residency at the University of Virginia.