Harbin Clinic Radiation Oncologist Named Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar and Receives $500,000 Grant

Dr. Matthew P. Mumber, Harbin clinic Radiation Oncologist, has been named a Distinguished Cancer Scholar by the Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCC) and will receive $100,000 a year for five years to support his clinical research efforts. In 2008, he received the GCC’s Hamilton Jordan Founders Award.

Dr. Mumber is one of the founders of Cancer Navigators, Inc. of Rome, current President of the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology and a board member of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education. He is a past Chairman of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition.

Dr. Mumber speaks throughout the country on Integrative Oncology and is the editor of the textbook, Integrative Oncology: Principles and Practice, published in 2006.  He facilitates residential retreats focused on personal transformation for cancer patients through Cancer Navigators, Inc. and works with the Harbin Clinic in the development of a model for sustainable physician standards of service excellence.  He earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University Of Virginia Medical School in Charlottesville, did his radiation oncology residency at the Bowman Gray (now Wake Forest University) School of Medicine  in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and completed an integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is board-certified in Radiation Oncology.

“Dr. Mumber has played a key role in fostering collaboration in cancer control in the State of Georgia. He has been a leader in several Georgia Cancer Coalition initiatives: in clinical trials through the Georgia Center of Oncology Research and Education; in the Regional Cancer Coalitions through the Northwest Regional Cancer Coalition; in the Georgia Cancer Quality Information Exchange, through the National Cancer Institute’s pilot Community Cancer Care Program; and in the development of a statewide Cancer Patient Navigation organization.  As President of the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology, he is making further strides to build alliances that will benefit clinicians, researchers, patients, survivors and all those working in cancer control,” says Bill Todd, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to name him a Distinguished Cancer Scholar.”

Dr. Ken Davis, Harbin Clinic President and CEO said, “We are very excited about this designation honoring Dr. Matt Mumber and his dedication to cancer research. The funding will be used to develop local research projects that address the major goal of the Georgia Cancer Coalition…to decrease suffering and death from cancer.  We plan to address this with research that spans the entire continuum of cancer care, from prevention through treatment and survivorship. 

“We will maximize our local clinical and professional resources and leverage these to collaborate with funding and academic partners.  It is our hope to involve other local physicians in order to cultivate future recipients of this and other competitive grant awards. 

“We are especially excited about this process in light of our new multidisciplinary cancer center physical plant.”

Begun in 2001, the Georgia Cancer Coalition’s Distinguished Cancer Clinicians and Scientists program is an investment in Georgia’s future as a national leader in cancer control. The Scholars’ history of grants, publications and patents as well as their potential for attracting future funding is considered. In fiscal year 2008, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholars were responsible for securing $47 million in privately and federally funded research grants to the state of Georgia; over the program’s 8-year history, scholars have generated more than $200 million in funding.

The Georgia Cancer Coalition is an independent, not-for-profit organization that unites government agencies, academic institutions, civic groups, corporations and health care organizations in a concerted effort to strengthen cancer prevention, research and treatment in Georgia, with the ultimate goal of making Georgia one of the nation’s premier states for cancer care. The mission is to reduce the number of cancer-related deaths in Georgia. The Coalition is the first of its kind in the nation and is fast becoming a national model. For further information, the official website is www.georgiacancer.org.