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General Surgeon at Emanuel Specialty Care Named Liaison to National Program

General Surgeon at Emanuel Specialty Care Named Liaison to National Program 

Turlock, CA— Turlock surgeon Dr. Zhong Wang recently received a three-year appointment as Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at Emanuel Cancer Center. Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Dr. Wang joins a national network of more than 1,500 volunteer physicians who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain and support their facilities' cancer programs. Dr. Wang, who has a significant interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with malignant diseases, is a member of the multidisciplinary cancer committee at Emanuel Cancer Center, an institution that is dedicated to facilitating the delivery of comprehensive quality cancer care.

“The whole team at the Emanuel Cancer Center is committed to providing progressive, leading-edge cancer care, and the standards set by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer help us achieve that,” said Emanuel Cancer Center Executive Director Michael Iltis. “Dr. Wang’s appointment as a liaison physician is an important link with the Commission on Cancer, and I appreciate his service.”

Dr. Wang came to Turlock earlier this year after completing a Fellowship in Colorectal Surgery from the Southern Illinois University of School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, under the guidance of eight colorectal surgeons. He originally earned his Bachelor of Medicine and served his residency at the West China University of Medical Sciences, then worked on gene therapy as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania before completing his surgical residency training at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York.

As a Cancer Liaison Physician, he will be responsible for evaluating, interpreting and reporting the Emanuel Cancer Center’s performance data through the National Cancer Data Base and facilitating quality improvement initiatives based on data findings, as well as leading

Commission initiatives within the cancer program and collaborating with agencies such as the American Cancer Society on behalf of the hospital.

Opened in 2007, the Emanuel Cancer Center brings world-class cancer care to Turlock. The Center is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer in recognition of its quality of treatment and care – a commendation only awarded to about 20 percent of cancer programs in the country. The Emanuel Cancer Center includes advanced diagnostic services at the Ruby E. Bergman Women’s Diagnostic Center, medical oncology, radiation oncology at Stanford Emanuel Radiation Oncology Center, surgical and other services for cancer patients and their families. Patients at Emanuel Cancer Center can also participate in clinical trials of new treatments.

For information about Emanuel Cancer Center, visit www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org/cancer.

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