Published on December 09, 2014

Baptist Cancer Center Director Dr. Stephen Edge Elected to American Society of Clinical Oncology Board of Directors

Baptist Cancer Center Director Dr. Stephen Edge Elected to American Society of Clinical Oncology Board of Directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dr. Stephen Edge, director of the Memphis-based Baptist Cancer Center, was recently elected to the American Society of Clinical Oncology Board of Directors.

Edge is one of four new Board members elected by worldwide members of ASCO. ASCO's Board of Directors is comprised of oncology leaders who are elected to positions reflecting various specialties within the oncology field.

Edge, a breast oncologic surgeon who came to Baptist in the summer of 2013 to head its Cancer Center, has been active in cancer care quality measurement and health services 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, 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 also served 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.

Most recently, Edge was slated to serve as the principal investigator of a National Cancer Institute grant awarded to the Baptist Cancer Center, which was chosen as one of 12 centers nationwide to spearhead clinical research focused on disparities in cancer care among minorities and historically underserved groups.

Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 35,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds ground-breaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer. For ASCO information and resources, please visit Patient-oriented cancer information is available at

One of the nation's largest not-for-profit health care systems, Baptist Memorial Health Care offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South. In 2012, Baptist was ranked No. 2 among large employers and No. 23 overall nationally in Modern Healthcare magazine's top 100 "Best Places to Work in Healthcare." The Baptist system, which consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation, comprises 14 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; Baptist Medical Group, a multispecialty physician group with more than 500 doctors; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences. The Baptist system employs 15,000 people, and in fiscal year 2012, contributed $229 million in community benefit to the areas it serves. According to the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Memphis, Baptist Memorial Health Care's annual economic impact is estimated at more than $2.6 billion.

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