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Lourdes Surgeon Appointed as Cancer Liaison Physician

Dr. Ely SebastianThe Commission on Cancer recently appointed Lourdes surgeon Ely Sebastian, MD, FACS, to a three-year term as Cancer Liaison Physician for Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center.

Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). Physicians in this position are responsible for evaluating, interpreting, and reporting their organizations’ performance data through the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) and facilitating quality improvement initiatives based on data findings. In addition, Cancer Liaison Physicians are responsible for collaborating with agencies such as the American Cancer Society on behalf of the hospital.

Dr. Sebastian is among 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. Sebastian is a member of the multidisciplinary cancer committee at Lourdes and has practiced transplant surgery at Lourdes since 2011. Prior to Lourdes, Dr. Sebastian completed clinical fellowships in multi-organ and kidney-pancreas transplantation at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) – Thomas Starzl Transplantation Institute, where he was elected as the senior administrative fellow. Dr. Sebastian completed postdoctoral training with the departments of Pharmacology, and General Surgery and Critical Care at UPMC. Prior to that, Dr. Sebastian was a general surgeon in Lima, Peru. He has been recognized for his participation in the first liver transplantation in Peru by the Peruvian Medical Society.

The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and monitoring of comprehensive quality care. The CoC collects data from its accredited cancer programs and provides tools for diagnosis, treatment, and quality of care for patients treated at the hospital.

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