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Oct. 29 - Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion One Of The Top Organizations In Nation For Clinical Trials

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October 29, 2018 - 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


Top Accruing Physician for Cancer Control

  • H.A. Zaren, MD (116) 


Cancer Control Trial Accrual

Cancer control exceeds treatment accrual


NCORP Administrator Webinar Attendance


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

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