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EMMC Cancer Surgeon Brings Rural Point of View to National Commission

Posted Jan. 13, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.

(Bangor, Maine) – A Maine voice with a decidedly southern accent is apparently just what the American College of Surgeons was looking for. Brad Waddell, MD, FACS, an oncologic and general surgeon at EMMC, has been elected to the prestigious American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer for a three-year term. The commission sets national standards and evaluates the quality of cancer treatment programs across the country.

“Traditionally, Commission on Cancer members are mostly physicians from urban academic medical centers,” says Dr. Waddell. “As one of the few representatives from a rural area who have been invited to serve on the Commission, my goal is to share the perspective of a community surgeon and work to improve cancer care in rural areas.” Dr. Waddell hopes to use his experience in the Bangor area to help shape the commission’s work on issues that affect healthcare providers in Maine and other rural states.

In the Bangor region, people who live in rural communities have easy access to EMMC Cancer Care, which offers the latest advanced techniques and technology and research options available at larger academic centers. However, access barriers can be significant in northern and eastern Maine, where the distance between many smaller hospitals and EMMC is substantial.

“I am interested in looking at standards of care and how the highest quality of care can be provided in rural areas,” he says. “By improving collaboration between physicians and hospitals, we can encourage more widespread adoption of proven cancer care methods. This ensures that patients, particularly those in rural areas, have experiences that are similar in many ways to what they could expect at the nation’s largest hospitals.”

Dr. Waddell is board certified in general surgery and fellowship trained in surgical oncology. He served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years and achieved the rank of colonel in the Army Medical Corps. Prior to coming to EMMC in 2009, he was chief of surgery at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Fort Bliss, Texas.

Established in 1922, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organization dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

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