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Radiation Oncology Recruits Breast Expert, Among Other Improvements

By Nancy Chan, UCSF Today | July 27, 2006

When Mack Roach III, MD, was named as interim chair of the UCSF Radiation Oncology department in January, he saw it an opportunity and a challenge.

Within the first six months, the department has shown more than subtle changes.

In tandem with oversight of the department, in July, Roach was appointed as the new chair of the Cancer Committee for the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. Roach will pick up where Alan Glassberg, MD, left off after serving as the chair from 1983 until his retirement this year. Like Glassberg, Roach will preside over a multidisciplinary committee that provides oversight of all cancer program activities accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

According to Roach, during the past several months, one of the more noteworthy events has been the successful reintroduction of a previously abandoned annual course that emphasizes image guided radiotherapy. Internally, a new department manager, Vickie Lewis, and director of finance, Helen Tam, were recruited. And as the most visible improvement, the staff launched a redesigned, revamped and reinvigorated departmental website with useful and essential information about the radiation oncology program at UCSF.

(Note that in November 2007 the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center was renamed the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.)

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