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Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion One Of The Top Organizations In Nation For Clinical Trials

Oct 25, 2018

The National Cancer Institute recognized the LCRP and Medical Director Howard A. Zaren, MD for enrolling the third most patients in the nation

With 116 accruals, Howard A. Zaren, MD, medical director of the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler, was one of only four physicians to receive a 2018 Accrual Award from the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program.

In clinical cancer trials, accrual is the number of patients recruited to participate. Higher accrual rates have a positive impact on a trial’s success.

The National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Accrual Award was for the Top Accruing Physicians in Cancer Control.

“I want to stress that this was an incredible team effort between our physicians and talented clinicians,” Zaren said. “To place third in the nation for enrolling the most patients on the most difficult national cancer control trials – like CCDR and TMIST - shows the dedication our teams have to beating cancer. It is a great honor for the team, the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion and Georgia NCORP.”

Dr. Zaren’s accrual rate also helped the Georgia NCORP receive a Platinum Award (for more than 115 accruals) in the NCORP Site Awards, Cancer Control + Treatment Accrual category.

Dr. Zaren was also recognized for his work with the Breast Oncology Local Disease Task Force. Another LCRP physician, gynecologic oncologist Wm. Edward Richards, MD, was recognized for his work with the Uterine Cancer Task Force. Clinical Special Services Manager Stephanie J. Smith was also recognized for being part of the National Clinical Trials Network Group & NCORP Research Base Audit Volunteers.

Following is the full list of awards and recognition for the entire Georgia NCORP site:

2018 NCORP Accrual Awards

Platinum Award to for more than 115 accruals

  •          GA NCORP

Top Accruing Physician for Cancer Control

  •          H.A. Zaren, MD (116)


Cancer Control Trial Accrual
Cancer control exceeds treatment accrual

  •          GA NCORP

NCORP Administrator Webinar Attendance

  •          GA NCORP

NCTN Group & NCORP Research Base Audit Volunteers

  •          Stephanie Smith

Network Accrual Core Team (ACT)

  •          Nancy Paris

Breast Oncology Local Disease (BOLD) Task Force

  •          H. A. Zaren, MD

Ovarian Cancer Task Force

  •          Benedict Benigno, MD

Uterine Cancer Task Force

  •         Wm. Edward Richards, MD


About the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion

The Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion (LCRP) at St. Joseph's/Candler is where advanced technology and compassionate care combine to create one of the most innovative clinical oncology programs in the Southeast. The LCRP is home to a team of highly trained cancer specialists that skillfully use high-impact technological screening and treatment options for optimal results. In addition, our team has access to nationally funded research and clinical trials and provides community outreach and education with an outstanding array of services specific to cancer patients and their families.

The LCRP has a robust clinical trials program, led by Medical Director H.A. Zaren, MD, FACS. The LCRP participates in state, regional and national collaborations with other research sites including a national collaboration with the National Cancer Institute's Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).

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