Thursday, Nov 20, 2008
Harbin Clinic Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Matthew Mumber, has 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.
GASCO provides a number of educational programs each year that are essential to helping the oncology community in Georgia prepare for the changes in patient care and reimbursement for that care.
The Society also offers affiliate memberships for other clinical and administrative professionals working in oncology related settings and supports a very active statewide Administrator’s Association.
Over the last year GASCO has stepped up their involvement with the State Legislature and collaboration with other major cancer care and research entities such as the Georgia Cancer Coalition and Georgia CORE. This is to ensure that the public policy makers at the capitol understand the complexity of providing and financing cancer care to their constituents.
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.
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 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.