Tzann Fang (pronounced “Fong”), M.D., has been named medical director at Community Memorial Healthcenter’s (CMH) Cancer and Specialty Care Center, effective July 1, 2012. Fang was appointed by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center as part of a new partnership in which VCU Massey, through VCU Medical Center (known traditionally as Medical College of Virginia (MCV)), will deliver the oncology services provided at CMH after June 30.
Fang, who will also serve as an assistant professor of internal medicine within the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care of the Department of Internal Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine, is a physician with specific clinical expertise in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation.
Fang comes to CMH from the Cancer Treatment Center of Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he has served for the last five years as medical director of medical oncology and hematology. He received his medical degree from China Medical University in Taiwan and served his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In addition, he completed a fellowship in medical oncology, hematology and bone marrow transplantation at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and another fellowship in bone marrow transplantation at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
At CMH, Fang will work closely with Steven R. Grossman, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care at VCU Massey Cancer Center, Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., director of Massey, and Mary Hardin, R.N., M.S.N., O.C.N., director of CMH Cancer and Specialty Care Center, to direct the cancer care provided at CMH. Dedicated solely to CMH oncology services, he will practice full time and patients will be seen in the clinic five days a week with the assistance of a nurse practitioner.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Fang join us to lead our cancer care services,” said Hardin. “He brings considerable skills, experience and expertise to our oncology program.”
“Dr. Fang will represent Massey well in the Southside Virginia area,” said Grossman. “He is a talented, compassionate doctor committed to providing excellent community cancer care.”
CMH’s partnership with VCU Massey Cancer Center is not new. For the first 14 years of the program, which began in March 1989, the oncology service line was provided in cooperation with Massey. For the past seven years, that service has been provided through an affiliation with the Duke Oncology Network, a division of Duke University Health System.
Renewing the partnership with Massey will bring added benefits to CMH. Plans are underway to bring Massey’s radiation therapy services to CMH in the summer of 2013. This will be the first and only radiation treatment facility in the Southern Virginia area. By utilizing Massey for both medical and radiation oncology services, CMH can provide the region with complete, comprehensive cancer care through one affiliate partnership.
Additionally, Massey will bring CMH cancer patients the advantages of a nationally recognized center prestigiously designated by the National Cancer Institute, including top-notch cancer specialists, highly coordinated care backed by leading research, tailored treatment plans and cutting-edge clinical trials.
As Virginia’s premier cancer resource, Massey will also be involved in the larger community, offering free health education seminars, cancer prevention programs and screening initiatives to help ease the burden of cancer needs in the area.
Said W. Scott Burnette, F.A.C.H.E., president and CEO at CMH, “A coordinated, full-service oncology program through VCU Massey Cancer Center will provide improved continuity of care for our community. We are excited about the many opportunities this renewed partnership will offer CMH and the Southern Virginia area, and we are working diligently to facilitate a seamless transition for our patients this summer.”
About CMH Cancer and Specialty Care Center: Located at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill, the CMH Cancer and Specialty Care Center is an outpatient ambulatory clinic that provides services in Hematology and Oncology. Comprehensive services available through CMH include advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment services such as chemotherapy, laboratory, pharmacy, advanced imaging modalities including Computerized Axial Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), nutritional support, counseling, social services and supportive services. For more information, visit www.cmh-sh.org.
About VCU Massey Cancer Center: VCU Massey Cancer Center is one of only 66 National Cancer Institute-designated institutions in the country that leads and shapes America’s cancer research efforts. Working with all kinds of cancers, the Center conducts basic, translational and clinical cancer research, provides state-of-the-art treatments and clinical trials, and promotes cancer prevention and education. Since 1974, Massey has served as an internationally recognized center of excellence. It has one of the largest offerings of clinical trials in Virginia and serves patients in Richmond and in four satellite locations. Its 1,000 researchers, clinicians and staff members are dedicated to improving the quality of human life by developing and delivering effective means to prevent, control and ultimately cure cancer. Visit Massey online at www.massey.vcu.edu or call 877-4-MASSEY for more information.
About VCU and the VCU Medical Center: Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located on two downtown campuses in Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 211 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University compose the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see www.vcu.edu.