Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP
Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP, was named 2019–2020 President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) during its 45th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit on March 22, 2019. Dr. McBride is the Clinical Coordinator of Hematology/Oncology at The University of Arizona Cancer Center.
An active and long-time member of the ACCC, Dr. McBride was ACCC President-Elect for 2018–2019. He currently serves on the ACCC Governmental Affairs Committee, ACCC Strategic Planning Committee, and on the Advisory Committee for the Oncology Pharmacy Education Network.
The legacies of previous ACCC Presidents have centered on issues in oncology such as patient empowerment and provider engagement, envisioning next-generation multidisciplinary cancer care, and building a resilient cancer care team. Dr. McBride hopes to build on his predecessors’ contributions with his theme of “Collaborate. Educate. Compensate: A Prescription for Sustainable Cancer Care Delivery.”
According to Dr. McBride, “Today’s multidisciplinary oncology team is expanding and leveraging new health-care disciplines to engage in patient care. The advent of novel therapies, new molecular pathologic identification of cancer diseases, and new disease treatments in cancer is enlarging the care team to include molecular pathologists, interventional oncologists, geriatric oncologists, palliative care providers, and patient supportive care staff such as financial advocates, lay navigators, and home–health-care providers. It’s clear that to deliver 21st century cancer care, breaking down silos is not only essential, but salient for the future of patient care.”
After collaboration, education is the second pillar for sustainable cancer care delivery in Dr. McBride’s presidential theme. Throughout the year, ACCC will work with its members to further define resources and tools to educate and support their growing oncology care teams and help these providers work to deliver efficient, quality cancer care.
The final pillar is compensation. To ensure sustainability of cancer care delivery, ACCC members should be compensated for the delivery of all services needed to provide holistic, patient-centered care. ■