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Community Oncology Alliance Elects Officers and New Board Members for 2020


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The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) has announced the election of new and re-appointed members to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. The Board and Committee are comprised of volunteer representatives from community oncology, who direct the management of COA by its Executive Director.

The Executive Committee reports to the COA Board of Directors. All positions on the Board of Directors are 3-year terms, and all positions on the Executive Committee are 1-year terms.

COA is a nonprofit organization controlled by independent, community oncologists. The Alliance is dedicated to advocating for community oncology practices and the patients they serve.

The majority of Americans battling cancer receive treatment in the independent community setting. Ensuring the vitality of the community cancer care system is critical to ensuring that patients can continue to access affordable, accessible, and local cancer care, close to where they live and work. The officers, committees, and board members of COA further its mission to protect and foster the community oncology delivery system in the United States through public policy, advocacy, and education.

COA Board of Directors

The following individuals were re-elected to serve another term on the COA Board of Directors:

  • Miriam Atkins, MD, FACP (Georgia)
  • Steven D’Amato RPh, BSPharm (Maine)
  • Stuart Genschaw (Michigan)
  • Lucio Gordan, MD (Florida)
  • Edward Licitra, MD, PhD (New Jersey)
  • Todd O’Connell, MS (New York)
  • Marissa Rivera, MBA (Oregon)

The following individuals were elected to serve their first term on the COA Board of Directors:

  • Richard Ingram, MD (Virginia)
  • Gary Kay, MD (Illinois)
  • James Perry, MD (Pennsylvania)
  • Jennifer Pichoske, MS, AOCNP, FNP-BC (New York)
  • Alti Rahman, MHA, MBA, CSSBB (Texas)
  • Ravi Rao, MD (California)

COA Executive Committee

The followingindividuals were elected to serve as officers of COA and on the Executive Committee for 2020:

  • Michael Diaz, MD (President)
  • Kashyap Patel, MD (Vice President)
  • Miriam Atkins, MD, FACP (Secretary)
  • Jeff Vacirca, MD, FACP (Immediate Past President)
  • David Eagle, MD (Past President)
  • Debra Patt, MD, MPH, MBA (Officer-at-Large)
  • Jeffrey Patton, MD (Officer-at-Large)
  • Seaborn M. Wade III, MD (Officer-at-Large)
  • Ted Okon, MBA (Executive Director; Ex Officio)
  • Ricky Newton, CPA (Treasurer; Ex Officio). 

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