Friday, Dec 19, 2008
Harbin Clinic Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Matthew Mumber, is one of five Georgia healthcare providers recognized by the Georgia Trend Magazine as a 2008 Healthcare Hero.
Four Georgia physicians and one hospital administrator were singled out for their various and significant contributions in healthcare in their community and abroad.
Dr. Mumber has been involved in the study and treatment of cancer for over 15 years. He is widely recognized for his work and was recently named the 2008 recipient of the Georgia Cancer Coalition’s Hamilton Jordan Founder’s Award.
Georgia Trend writer, Ed Lightsey, described Mumber as a wellspring of the data and details of integrative oncology.
Dr. Mumber told the magazine that his practice is, “A way of looking at all aspects of a person, not just the physical but also the mental, emotional and spiritual, and also looking at all aspects of everyone involved in the process, not just the patient, but their family and the physician and the individuals at all levels of their being.”
Mumber has been involved in leadership positions with the Georgia Cancer Coalition and its partners for many years. He is a Board Member of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE); Chairman of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology.
As Physician Executive for the Georgia Cancer Quality Information Exchange in Rome, Dr. Mumber helped unite health care providers in Rome - including Harbin Clinic, Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center - in a pilot project whose goal is to develop a statewide evidence-based cancer quality measurement program.
He is also involved with the National Cancer Institute’s Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), working through Harbin Clinic’s clinical affiliation with St. Joseph’s / Candler in Savannah, Georgia, one of the 14 sites nationally participating in this pilot program. If fully implemented, NCCCP will help bring state-of-the-art cancer care to patients in community hospitals across the United States.
Dr. Mumber has also been selected as the new president of the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology or GASCO.
GASCO is the state affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. GASCO brings together medical, radiation and surgical oncologists and hematologists in both community and institutional settings in Georgia. The Society is an information conduit to members all over this state.
Dr. Mumber received his medical doctorate degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He completed a residency in Radiation Oncology at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. He completed an Associate Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology. He began his practice in Rome in 1996 and joined the Harbin Clinic in March 2005.
Dr. Mumber speaks throughout the country on Integrative Oncology and, in 2006, he published the textbook Integrative Oncology: Principles and Practice, which explores a comprehensive evidence-based approach to cancer care, addressing all individuals involved in the process. He helped found Cancer Navigators, Inc., a non-profit organization offering cancer patients in Floyd, Chattooga, and Polk counties access to nurse navigation, social services, and educational programs that support and augment the clinical care they receive from their healthcare providers.