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For Immediate Release: March 30, 201

Community Oncologist Thomas L. Whittaker Becomes President of Association of Community Cancer Centers

ROCKVILLE, Md.—Thomas L. Whittaker, MD, FACP, became President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers at its 37th Annual National Meeting on March 26, 2011. He is a medical oncologist and physician partner at Central Indiana Cancer Centers in Indianapolis, Ind., where he has had a community-based private practice for fourteen years. The practice includes five treatment centers throughout central Indiana, including within the Indianapolis metropolitan area.

“I am honored and humbled to serve as President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers,” said Dr. Whittaker. “During my year as ACCC President, I hope to expand ACCC’s education and advocacy efforts. In addition, as the concept of medical home gains traction with the passage of the health reform law, I’d like ACCC to help members gain a better understanding of the oncology patient medical home—its efficacy, clinical benefits, and potential.”

Dr. Whittaker is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Indiana State Medical Association, and the Indiana Medical Oncology Society on which he served on the executive board for several years. He also served as a clinical assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine for five years, and was named outstanding medical oncologist by Indianapolis Monthly in 1998.

Dr. Whittaker serves on ACCC’s Membership Committees as well as the Patient Advocacy Subcommittee of the Governmental Affairs Committee. He is chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and is also the ACCC Delegate Representative of his member institution. Other ACCC affiliated efforts have been with the Indiana Medical Oncology Society where he has served on the Board of Directors and was a past president.

He attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he received his medical degree. His postgraduate training included an internal medicine residency, as well as a fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at Indiana University Medical Center. He is board certified in both medical oncology and hematology. Additional studies led to a master’s degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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