Published on May 10, 2013

Baptist Cancer Center taps new director

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Baptist Memorial Health Care announced today Dr. Stephen B. Edge will be the director of the Baptist Cancer Center.

He will assume his new position in July 2013, and his duties will include oversight of the construction of the new Cancer Center building, slated to open in 2014 near the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis campus.

Most recently, Edge served as the Alfiero Foundation Endowed Chair in Breast Oncology in the department of surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. He is a graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass., earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and completed his internship and residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Edge completed his fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.

While at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Edge served in several different roles, including chair of the department of health services and chief of the breast division in the department of surgical oncology.

In addition to his clinical role, Edge has been active in cancer care research and national policy development. His primary research focus has been in defining quality assessment tools for cancer care and systems to improve community-wide cancer care. He is the immediate past-chair of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, immediate past-chair of the American Joint Committee on Cancer, and editor of the seventh edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer Staging Manual. Edge currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and as a co-chair of the technical expert panel on cancer quality measures for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Nationally recognized for his clinical and research work, Edge has published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers in oncology medical literature. He has received numerous awards, including the Statesman Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and a New York Gubernatorial Award for his work in cancer survivorship.

"It's an exciting time for Baptist as we head into our second century of caring for the Mid-South community," said Jason Little, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Baptist. "Having a strong leader like Dr. Edge at the helm of the Cancer Center will enable us to take cancer care to the next level."

The Baptist Cancer Center brings together cancer providers in all medical disciplines in Memphis and across the Baptist network to foster high quality, patient-centered cancer care.

"The Baptist Cancer Center, extending from Jonesboro, Ark., in the north to Memphis and to Oxford and Columbus, Miss., in the south, will build on the strengths of the many physicians, nurses, and other professionals that already provide top-notch care," says Edge. "Together we will build a patient-centered, integrated cancer program that will be unique to the region."

The centerpiece of Baptist's cancer services will be a new building near the campus of Baptist Memphis. In March 2013, the state of Tennessee approved Baptist's certificate of need to build the Cancer Center, which will be the only one of its kind in the area. Its location near the Baptist Memphis campus puts it close to services cancer patients need, including physician offices and multidisciplinary clinics, which offer cancer patients specialized care based on the type of cancer they have. The Center will offer diagnostics, radiation oncology, chemotherapy and infusion, Cyberknife (a non-invasive treatment for tumors), and stem cell transplant, as well as supportive services and survivorship care.

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