National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Interactive CME

Educational Events & Programs


NCCN Academy for Excellence & Leadership
in Oncology™
School of Pharmaceutical & Biotech Business


NCCN Academy Date > July 10, 2018   ENROLL NOW!

NCCN Academy Location > The Rittenhouse • Philadelphia, PA



Pharmaceutical and biotechnology professionals are given the rare opportunity to view the oncology space, its future and its current operational issues from the provider, advocacy, and payer perspective. Participants will improve their working knowledge of key business, policy, coverage, reimbursement, informational, and operational issues in oncology and will gather valuable insights material to developing effective strategies for navigating the various constituencies in cancer care. Through this interactive program, pharmaceutical and biotech professionals will learn from key stakeholders what they view to be the most pressing issues in oncology today and how to apply this knowledge to create mutually-successful working relationships.

Professionals from advocacy, marketing, medical affairs, clinical research, policy and government affairs, and other business areas will better be able to serve their customers with improved knowledge of real-world oncology issues after completion of this program.

Please check back often for additional updates regarding this program. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Tredwell.


Clifford Goodman, PhD
Senior Vice President
The Lewin Group










8:00 – 8:45 AM

Breakfast and Registration

8:45 – 8:50 AM

C. Lyn Fitzgerald, MJ
Senior Vice President, U.S. & Global Development
National Comprehensive Cancer Network

8:50 – 10:20 AM

Module I:
Who Exactly is the Payer? A View across the
Oncology Ecosystem


Ginny Calega, MD (Invited)
VP Medical Management and Policy
Independence Blue Cross

Louis Jacques, MD
Chief Clinical Officer

Cheryl Larson (Invited)
Vice President
Midwest Business Group on Health

Susan Weidner
Senior Vice President
IntrinsiQ Specialty Solutions at AmerisourceBergen

10:20 – 10:35 AM


10:35 AM – 12:00 PM

Module II:
Meet the NCCN Guidelines Panel Experts

Jessica K. Altman, MD (Invited)
Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer
Center of Northwestern

Member NCCN Acute Myeloid Leukemia Panel
Robert W. Carlson, MD
Chief Executive Officer
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN
Director, Cancer Pain Program
Division, Hematology-Oncology
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer
Center of Northwestern University

Vice-Chair NCCN Adult Cancer Pain Panel

Dr. P. Kumar Rao, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and
Visual Sciences
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital
and Washington University School of Medicine

Member NCCN Uveal Melanoma Panel

12:00 – 12:45 PM


12:50 – 2:15 PM

Module III:
Incorporating the Patient Voice in Shared Decision Making


Sheryl Lapidus
Director, Corporate Affairs and Patient Advocacy

Susan M. Schneider, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN (Invited)
Associate Professor Lead Faculty Oncology Nursing Specialty
Duke University School of Nursing
Oncology Nursing Society

Thomas Whitehead
Patient Representative

Matthew Zachary
Stupid Cancer

2:15 PM

Closing Remarks

*Curriculum subject to change.


The Rittenhouse
210 West Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

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