Sutter Cancer Research Consortium

California Pacific CURRENTS: The online journal of CPMC Research Institute

Integrated Cancer Research Program: Sutter Cancer Research Consortium (SCRC) provides a robust clinical trials portfolio and enhanced clinical expertise among Sutter Health affiliates

As the ninth largest healthcare organization in the U.S., Sutter Health is a recognized leader in clinical research, and has integrated oncology research and clinical trials across its 24 Northern California affiliate medical centers. By simplifying the process for patient entry into clinical trials and the development of a Sutter-wide tumor biorepository, Sutter Health oncologists are coordinating their efforts to improve cancer research and treatment outcomes for patients, and collaborating in large, phase 1-3 national clinical studies sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the pharmaceutical industry.

Review a list of members in the SCRC Executive Committee.

For more information about the SCRC, please contact Lea Ann Bernick, MHA, SCRC Director, at (415) 209-2686.

By the numbers: How SCRC leadership and expertise improves patient care:

  • There are 118 registered NCI investigators at 20 sites across the Sutter Health network.
  • In 2015, 158 patients were enrolled into NCI-funded clinical trials.
  • The SCRC typically has 60-70 clinical trials open to patient enrollment.
  • Seven of our oncologists are appointed to sit on NCI national cooperative group Disease Committees, helping lead the design and creation of these studies.
  • The SCRC is recognized by the NCI as one of its top clinical trials entities.
  • To date this year (2016), SCRC is the highest enrolling, non-academic site in the U.S. to National Cancer Institute/NRG Oncology sponsored clinical trials.

Comprised of a nine-member Executive Committee, the SCRC is governed by a Science Chair (Ari Baron, M.D.) and Executive Committee Chair (Stacy D’Andre, M.D.), is and structured with regional and system-level leads.

Regional Leads

Ari Baron, M.D., West Bay Lead
Scientist; Medical Director of the Clinical Oncology Research Program at CPMC, Chief of Medical Oncology/Hematology
Renowned for expertise in advancing clinical trials for pancreatic, prostate, colon, liver, lung, breast, and ovarian cancers

Stacy D’Andre, M.D., Sacramento-Sierra Lead
Medical Director, Gastrointestinal and Gynecologic Tumor Programs at the Sutter Health Cancer Center; Department Chair of Medical Oncology
Leading research advances in the treatment of gynecologic and gastrointestinal cancers in the elderly

Eunpi Cho, M.D., Peninsula Coastal Lead
Leading research advances in the treatment of hematologic malignancies   

Milana Dolezal, M.D., East Bay Lead
Medical Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center
Enabling new approaches to the treatment of solid tumors and hematologic malignancies

Jorge A. Garcia-Young, M.D., Central Valley Lead
Radiation Oncologist; Sutter Gould Medical Foundation physician
Leading clinical trials to advance the treatment of patients with solid tumors and lymphomas

System Leads

Elizabeth Kim, M.D., FACS, Surgical Oncology Lead
Surgical Oncologist; Sutter Roseville Medical Center
Pioneering surgical advances for the treatment of high-risk breast diseases and breast cancer

John Chung-Kai Chan, M.D., Gynecologic Oncology Lead
Sutter Health Director of Gynecologic Oncology
Leading research advances in the treatment of gynecologic cancers

Stephanie Jeske, M.D., Symptom Control Lead
Oncologist and Hematologist; Oncology/Hematology Division at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation
Leading research advances in the treatment of breast cancer

Christopher Jones, M.D., F.A.C.R., Radiation Oncology Lead 
Radiation Oncologist, Sutter Health Medical Group
Leading advances in new radiotherapy techniques; optimizing imaging technologies to predict tumor recurrence and visualize response to therapy; internationally renowned expertise in head and next cancers

For more information about the SCRC, please contact Lea Ann Bernick, MHA, SCRC Director, at (415) 209-2686.