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McKay Institute for Oncology Transformation and Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation Unveil New Collaborative Relationship

Tennessee Oncology’s McKay Institute for Oncology Transformation is collaborating with the Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation (PC3I) on a new academic-community oncology innovation partnership with the aim to improve care delivery for patients with cancer.

The two organizations will focus on opportunities to pursue jointly-funded clinical research, facilitate national collaborations around innovation in cancer care, and work to bring transformational solutions to scale.

“Our physicians are excited to partner with PC3I’s team on scientific research to advance cancer care delivery innovation,” said Natalie Dickson, MD, President & Chief Strategy Officer, Tennessee Oncology. “Since Tennessee Oncology treats patients in rural and urban areas, our partnership will bring a unique platform to examine clinical trial and care delivery innovation in different clinic settings.”

“This is an incredibly exciting relationship that brings together two organizations dedicated to innovation in cancer,” said Justin Bekelman, MD, PC3I’s Director. “PC3I deeply respects the McKay Institute’s experience in community oncology care and research, and we look forward to pairing that with our expertise in creating, testing, and scaling transformative change in cancer care.”

Tennessee Oncology and Penn’s previous collaborations include:
• A project led by Ravi Parikh, MD, MPP FACP to leverage behavioral economics and predictive analytics to improve oncology patient health outcomes.
• NOURISH: Screening for food insecurity in oncology settings for underserved rural communities, led by Tamara Cadet, PhD, LICSW, MPH.

About Tennessee Oncology: Tennessee Oncology, PLLC is one of the nation’s leading teams of cancer care specialists, nationally recognized for improving patient outcomes and driving quality of life innovation. Our comprehensive range of cancer care services includes specialized oncology nursing care, laboratory services, pharmacy, outpatient chemotherapy, radiation therapy and PET/CT services, palliative care, patient and family education and financial support services. Founded in 1976, our unique vision, introducing patient-driven care with a clinical trial focus, propelled Tennessee Oncology to lead one of the largest, physician-owned, community oncology practices in the country. Currently over 100 physicians in more than 30 locations, share the privilege of serving adult cancer patients from South Central Kentucky through Middle Tennessee to Northwest Georgia. For a complete list of physicians, locations and services please visit: