John Cunningham, MD, FACS, Earns ACS Award

Last updated: Jan 19, 2010, 14:40 PM

By Joy Pierce Mathews for Summit Medical Group

Summit Medical Group surgeon, John D. Cunningham, MD, FACS, recently earned the prestigious American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award. One of only thirty-six cancer liaison physicians across the nation chosen for the honor, Dr. Cunningham was recognized at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in October 2009 for his exceptional contribution to the Overlook cancer program in partnership with the ACS CoC.

In addition to his positions as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist at Summit Medical Group, Dr. Cunningham is a cancer liaison physician (CLP) at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey, where he leads CoC initiatives in collaboration with the American Cancer Society and other local cancer organizations. A champion of the Overlook cancer program, Dr. Cunningham develops and implements ideas to improve quality of care and ensure accreditation. He also partners with the ACS CoC in leading community activities to help control cancer. A role model in his field, Dr. Cunningham has been appointed to a 3-year term with the ACS CoC. 

Established in 1922, the ACS CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients. It establishes standards for quality cancer care, focuses on prevention, conducts research, provides education, surveys facilities for compliance, and monitors care. Its cancer data on patient demographics, tumor characteristics, treatment, and outcomes in the United States are analyzed to identify patterns of diagnosis and treatment and improve local, regional, and national cancer outcomes. ACS CoC membership includes fellows of the ACS and representatives of 46 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care. There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico.

As a surgical oncologist at Summit Medical Group, Dr. Cunningham provides surgical treatment for patients with specific cancers.

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