New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance Names Stewart as Executive Director

The New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Terri Stewart as the organization's first executive director.


Created in 2000, the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance is a not-for-profit statewide collaboration bringing together healthcare systems and community oncology practitioners committed to increasing the quality of cancer care in New Mexico. The Alliance also is committed to assuring access for all New Mexicans to the best cancer therapies offered through clinical trials, and will bring these new therapies to physician practices throughout the state.


Participating health care institutions provide funding for Alliance infrastructure, while physicians refer patients for the clinical trials. Institutional New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance participants are the UNM Health Sciences Center, Lovelace Sandia Health System, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque Regional Medical Center and the New Mexico VA Health Care System.  Most of the major oncology groups and surgeons in Bernalillo County also are members.


The Alliance also has named Cynthia Cathcart, M.D., a medical oncologist at the UNM Cancer Research & Treatment Center (CRTC), as medical director. Cheryl L. Willman, M.D., director of the UNM CRTC, is Alliance board chairwoman. Other members of the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance Executive Committee are:


·        Mitchell Binder, M.D., Lovelace Sandia Health System;

·        Kutub Khan, M.D., Radiation Oncology Associates;

·        Robert Milne, M.D., Albuquerque Surgical Group;

·        Vincent Ortolano, M.D., urologic oncologist;

·        Victor Vigil, M.D., Hematology-Oncology Associates;

·        Jerald Molnar, Veteran's Administrative Medical Center;

·        Stephany Wilson, UNM Health Sciences Center;

·        Paul Herzog, Albuquerque Regional Medical Center;

·        Mark Reifsteck, Presbyterian Healthcare Services;

·        Richard Rolston, M.D., Lovelace Sandia Health System;

·        Andrew Horvath, M.D., Pathology Associates of Albuquerque.


Before joining the Alliance, Stewart was vice president for marketing and business development for TriCore Reference Laboratories. Stewart was instrumental in TriCore's tremendous growth when she joined the company in 1992, it employed fewer than 100 people and owned just two personal computers.  Today, TriCore Reference Laboratories is New Mexico's largest medical laboratory with net revenues over $60 million and personal computers are used across the company.

Contact: Lynn Melton, 272-3322

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