News Release: Emory Healthcare , School of Medicine , Winship Cancer Institute

Jan. 26,  2010

American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Awards Emory Surgeon

News Article ImageDr. Toncred Marya Styblo

Toncred Marya Styblo, MD, associate professor of surgery, Department of Surgical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, recently received an Outstanding Performance Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) for her work as Cancer Liaison Physician.

In this role, Styblo is responsible for spearheading CoC initiatives within the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University; collaborating with local agencies, such as the American Cancer Society; and facilitating quality improvement initiatives using tools from CoC's vast National Cancer Database to facilitate the analysis of diagnosis and treatment patterns.

As a Cancer Liaison, Styblo is among a national network of over 1,600 volunteer physicians who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain and support their facility's cancer program. Nationally, thirty-six Outstanding Performance Awards were handed out. The awardees were recently recognized at the American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

The CoC's core functions include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the CoC standards; collecting standardized, high-quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state and local level. There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico. 


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