Michael Peyser, MDNewport News, VA — The Commission on Cancer (CoC) recently recognized Riverside Health System physician, Dr. Michael Peyser, for his contributions to the Cancer Liaison Program. For his exemplary efforts in 2010, Dr. Peyser has been presented with the Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award.

The award is bestowed to Cancer Liaison Physicians who go above and beyond the scope of their duties and acknowledges individuals who have proven excellence in the areas of:

  • Improving the quality of care delivered at a CoC-accredited facility
  • Contributing to the accreditation status of the cancer program
  • Exceeding Cancer Liaison Physician expectations to strengthen the cancer program
  • Demonstrating cancer control leadership in the community
  • Serving as champion and role model for other
    members of the cancer program team.

"Dr. Peyser continues to set high goals for our cancer program, and more importantly, has found ways to implement these goals," says Mark Chisam, M.D., Service Line Chief, Riverside Oncology. "His established record of providing excellent oncology care has again been recognized by the State of Virginia. To aim high is not enough, and Dr. Peyser's dedication and hard work ensures that our patients continue to receive the best care possible."

Dr. Peyser is now a five-time recipient of the award and the only Cancer Liaison Physician in the Commonwealth of Virginia to receive the award this year.

The Cancer Liaison Program of the Commission on Cancer was established in 1963 as a grassroots network of physician volunteers willing to manage clinically related cancer activities in their local institutions and surrounding communities. Cancer Liaison Physicians are responsible for providing the leadership and direction to establish, maintain and support their facility's cancer program, at the facility and within the community.

The Commission on Cancer was established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922 to:

  • Ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care in healthcare settings
  • Conduct surveys in health care settings to assess compliance with those standards
  • Collect standardized data from CoC-accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality
  • Use data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities
  • Develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery and outcomes in health care settings.

Published: September 8, 2011