The Faces of Cancer Care at St.Vincent

Fuad Hammoudeh, FACHE, has joined St.Vincent Cancer Care as executive director. Hammoudeh has more than 30 years of experience in senior positions with several healthcare organizations. He joined IU Health in March 2005 as administrator, Cancer Programs, where his responsibilities included the overall leadership and operational management of the cancer programs; strategic planning; and development of comprehensive cancer programs at IU Health and the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Before joining IU Health, Hammoudeh was the chief executive officer at the University of Tennessee Cancer Institute – one of the largest private practice oncology groups in the Memphis area – and developed a comprehensive cancer program. Prior to 2002, he held various senior management positions with U.S. Oncology, a national oncology physician practice management company.

Michael J. Buran has been named medical director of St.Vincent Hospice. Dr. Buran is board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative care medicine. Prior to joining St. Vincent Hospice, he held a variety of positions at Clarian Health Partners, including Medical Director of the Ruth Lilly Hospice. Dr. Buran is a volunteer Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Jean E. Kolp, MSN, FNP-C, has joined St.Vincent Hospice as a nurse practitioner. She was most recently with Eli Lilly and Company and prior was a nurse practitioner with Witham Health. Jean also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing. She previously worked at St.Vincent in maternity and pediatrics.

Alexander Yeh, MD, has joined the St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital Cancer Center. A board certified specialist, Dr. Yeh has extensive expertise in the latest stereotactic radiosurgery. Previously serving at IU Health Methodist Hospital, Dr. Yeh was one of the first physicians to bring stereotactic radiosurgery to Indiana. He was recognized in 2011 by Indianapolis Monthly as a “Top Doc” in radiation oncology and has been at the forefront in the treatment of many complicated and very specific radiation therapy treatments.

The St.Vincent medical staff named surgeon Maurice Arregui, MD, one of its Distinguished Physicians at the annual Physicians Ball in February. Dr. Arregui joined the St.Vincent medical staff in 1983. In addition to introducing several laparoscopic surgical procedures and surgical ultrasound to St.Vincent, Dr. Arregui introduced radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors and began the first program in the state of Indiana for cytoreductive surgery with heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy for mucinous cancer of the appendix.

Sue StoreySue Storey, MSN, RN, AOCNS, oncology clinical nurse specialist, was honored by her peers with the Professional Nurse Recognition Award, which acknowledges nurses who are continually working toward a higher standard of practice. The award encompasses a variety of professional roles, including leadership within the nursing profession, nursing contributions to the community and the organization, research and scholarship. Additionally, Storey will have her article “Impact of malglycemia on clinical outcomes in hospitalized cancer patients: a review of the literature” published in the September 2012 issue of Oncology Nursing Forum.

Melissa Andres, RN, BSN, OCN, CBPN-C, has received the Candace K. Eyler Scholarship Award for her philosophy, compassion, work ethic, and commitment to her patients that the late St.Vincent Hospital nurse Candace K. Eyler also demonstrated. The Candace K. Eyler Foundation and The College Network created this nursing education scholarship after Eyler’s death from breast cancer in 1987. Andres will pursue a master’s degree in nursing administration. In September, Andres presented the poster “Best Practices in Patient Navigation, Genetic Services, and Screening and for Minority Communities and Remote Sites” at the 3rd Annual National Coalition of Oncology Nurse Navigators conference.

Michael Callahan, MD, received the Young Investigator Achievement in Research at the 7th Annual St.Vincent Health Research Symposium on June 8.

Stephanie Cohen, MS, CGS (right), and Dawn Mcilvried, MS, CGS, St.Vincent Cancer Care genetic counselors, recently published their paper, “Impact of computer-assisted data collection, evaluation and management on the cancer genetic counselor’s time providing patient care” in Familial Cancer: Volume 10, Issue 2(2011):381-89.

Dwayne Kniola, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, received certification as an oncology social worker. Kniola coordinates Survivorship Programs for St.Vincent Cancer Care.

Robert Liebross, MD, radiation oncologist, will present his research, “A Feasibility Trial of Concurrent Radiation, Temozolomide and Bevacizumab Followed by Temozolomide and Bevacizumab for Resectable and Unresectable Glioblastoma Multiforme of the Brain” during at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology’s annual meeting in October.

Ruemu Birhiray, MD, medical oncologist, St.Vincent Cancer Care, Indianapolis, was recognized by the National Cancer Institute as one of the investigators who enrolled the most patients to cooperative group clinical trials through the Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU) in 2010. The CTSU is a national network of physician who participate in NCI-sponsored Phase III cancer treatment trials.

Richard Freeman, MD, thoracic surgeon and medical director, St.Vincent Cancer Care, Indianapolis, has been appointed to the executive board of Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation as a member of the board of directors of the Indiana American Lung Association.

Claudia Lord, BA, CCRP, clinical trials data analyst, Indianapolis, contributed to an article that appeared in the April/May issue of the Association of Community Cancer CentersOncology Issues about using an online tool to understand and improve clinical trial accruals.

Annie Shaynak RN, BSN, has been appointed Director, Screening and Diagnosis, for St.Vincent Cancer Care, Indianapolis. Shaynak has been director of several hospital units at St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, including a unit caring for post-surgical cancer patients. Shaynak’s team will include the St. Vincent Indianapolis area breast centers, the genetic counseling program, and the cancer screening program, including the mobile van and community outreach coordinator.