Thomas A. Gallo, MS, MDA
Thomas A. Gallo, MS, MDA, was named 2018–2019 President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) during its 44th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit on March 16, 2018, in Washington, DC. Mr. Gallo is Executive Director of the Virginia Cancer Institute in Richmond.
ACCC has built a strong legacy of presidential themes that address evolving issues in oncology, such as the Oncology Medical Home, quality in oncology care, patient empowerment and provider engagement, and envisioning next generation multidisciplinary cancer care. Mr. Gallo has chosen the theme “Reflect, Renew, Reignite: Building a Resilient Cancer Care Team in Your Community.”
“The daily stress of caring for cancer patients can be draining physically, intellectually, and emotionally for every member of the cancer care team,” said Mr. Gallo. “Unfortunately, burnout is a top-of-mind issue for many of us as oncology has become more complex with new and evolving treatment options, growing financial toxicity, and an increasingly burdensome healthcare system, just to name a few of the stressors.”
Mr. Gallo was ACCC President-Elect (2017–2018). He currently serves on the ACCC Governmental Affairs Committee and has previously served on the ACCC Board of Trustees (2004–2005). In addition, Mr. Gallo is a current member and former president of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Hematologists and Oncologists. ■