Each year, the Research Community Forum Council selects topic areas and specific solution-oriented projects to help overcome challenges related to conducting clinical research. Working Groups are convened to advance these projects. Working Groups include content experts and representation from a range of stakeholder groups. The Forum is led by a Council that includes physician investigators and research staff (e.g., research administrators, research nurses, and clinical research coordinators). Forum leaders come from a range of research settings, primarily community-based research programs and academic research networks that have affiliated community-based research sites. The Council also includes a patient advocate.

Research Community Forum Council (2016-2017)

Michael A. Thompson, MDPhD (Chair)
Aurora Health Care 

Howard A. Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO (Immediate Past Chair)
Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Elizabeth Blanchard, MD
Southcoast Health

Patrick Gavin, RPh
Patrick Gavin RPh Consulting

Connie Szczepanek, RN, BSN
Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan NCORP

Edward S. Kim, MD
Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas Healthcare System

Kert D. Sabbath, MD
Smilow Cancer Hospital-Waterbury

Dax Kurbegov, MD (Incoming Chair)
Catholic Health Initiatives

Bryan A. Faller, MD, FACP
Heartland NCORP

Nicholas J. Robert, MD
Virginia Cancer Specialists, US Oncology

Teresa L. Stewart, MS, CRCP
New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance

Reneé Smith
Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Marge Good, RN, MPH, OCN
National Cancer Institute 

 

Billing Compliance Working Group (2014-present)

Connie Szczepanek, RN, BSN
Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan NCORP
*Working Group Lead

Kelly Willenberg
Kelly Willenberg, LLC

Marge Good, RN, MPH, OCN
National Cancer Institute

Dax Kurbegov, MD
Catholic Health Initiatives

Casey Dawson
SWOG

Andrea Denicoff, MS, RN, ANP
National Cancer Institute
 

Online Resources Working Group (2014-present)

Teresa L. Stewart, MS, CRCP
New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance
*Working Group Lead

M. Sitki Copur, MD, FACP
Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center

Marge Good, RN, MPH, OCN
National Cancer Institute

Nicholas J. Robert, MD
Virginia Cancer Specialists, US Oncology

Howard A. Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO
Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Bryan A. Faller, MD, FACP
Heartland NCORP

Steve Grubbs, MD
Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants

 

Research Certification Working Group (2014-present)

Nicholas Robert, MD 
Virginia Cancer Specialists
*Working Group Lead

Dax Kurbegov, MD
Catholic Health Initiatives

Michael A. Thompson, MD, PhD
Aurora Health Care

Connie Szczepanek, RN, BSN
Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan NCORP

Reneé Smith
Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Howard A. Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO
Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Rogerio Lilenbaum, MD
Yale Cancer Center

Mary Lou Smith, JD, MBA
Research Advocacy Network

Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO
Michiana Hematology Oncology

 

Contract Negotiations Working Group (2014-2016)

Michael A. Thompson, MD, PhD
Aurora Health Care
*Working Group Lead

Bryan A. Faller, MD, FACP
Heartland NCORP

Katie Richter
Aurora Health Care

Teresa L. Stewart, MS, CRCP
New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance

Jean Longinette
Heartland NCORP
 

 

Workload Assessment Working Group (2011-2016)

Marge Good, RN, MPH, OCN
National Cancer Institute
*Working Group Lead

Alan Lyss, MD
Missouri Baptist Cancer Center

Teresa L. Stewart, MS, CRCP
New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance

Rogerio Lilenbaum, MD
Yale Cancer Center

Nicholas J. Robert, MD
Virginia Cancer Specialists, US Oncology

Connie Szczepanek, RN, BSN
Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan NCORP
 

Quality Assessment Working Group (2011-2014)

Thomas Marsland, MD, FASCO
Orange Park Cancer Center
*Working Group Lead

Bryan A. Faller, MD, FACP
Heartland NCORP

Patricia S. Graham
Joseph M. Still Research Foundation, Inc.

Rogerio Lilenbaum, MD
Yale Cancer Center

Mary Lou Smith, JD, MBA
Research Advocacy Network

M. Sitki Copur, MD, FACP
Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center

Marge Good, RN, MPH, OCN
National Cancer Institute

Samir N. Khleif, MD
Georgia Health Sciences University Cancer Center

Nicholas J. Robert, MD
Virginia Cancer Specialists, US Oncology

Reneé Smith
Sarah Cannon Research Institute
 

ASCO Staff

Patricia Hurley, MSc
Associate Director
Research and Analysis Division
P: 571.483.1648
patricia.hurley@asco.org

Courtney Davis
Research Assistant
Research and Analysis Division
P: 571.483.1691
courtney.davis@asco.org

Suanna Bruinooge, MPH
Division Director
Research and Analysis Division
P: 571.483.1613
suanna.bruinooge@asco.org