News Release: School of Medicine, Winship Cancer Institute

Oct. 31,  2008

Cancer Program of Atlanta VA Medical Center Earns Commendation

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Three-Year Approval with Commendation to the cancer program of the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). Just one in four cancer programs at hospitals across the US receive this approval and commendation. 

Maria Ribeiro, MD, assistant professor of hematology and medical oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, and Emory Winship Cancer Institute serves as chief of medical oncology for the VAMC cancer program. David Kooby, MD, assistant professor of surgical oncology at Emory Winship, serves as the cancer liaison physician. Ribeiro and Kooby manage the VAMC Cancer Committee, which oversees all aspects of the hospital's cancer program including patient care, quality improvement studies and palliative care. The VAMC is a teaching hospital affiliated with Emory University School of Medicine and a series of other colleges and universities. 

"This approval and commendation are the result of hard work and dedication by many people here at the VAMC," says Ribiero. "We are proud of these commendations and appreciate the fact that CoC recognizes our quality improvement initiatives and our drive to provide exceptional cancer care to each and every patient we see."

The Commission on Cancer sets national standards for quality and patient care, surveying facilities to evaluate compliance and collecting quality data from approved facilities to develop effective educational interventions and improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state and local levels.


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.3 billion budget, 17,000 employees, 2,300 full-time and 1,900 affiliated faculty, 4,300 students and trainees, and a $4.9 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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