Navarro Appointed to Commission on
A. Churchill, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Western Maine Health announced recently that Fernando A.
Navarro, M.D., a General Surgeon with Western Maine
Surgery recently received a three-year appointment as
Cancer Liaison Physician for the accredited cancer
program at Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH).
Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer
programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons
Commission on Cancer (CoC).
Navarro, has been a medical staff member at SMH for 3
years and has significant interest in patients with a
possible diagnosis of a malignant disease and uses up to
date surgical interventions when necessary to treat
cancer for area patients. He is a member of the
SMH multidisciplinary cancer committee.
is dedicated to facilitating the delivery of
comprehensive quality cancer care. In 2006, SMH
received three-year approval following strict evaluation
survey during which the facility showed a "commendation
level" of compliance in the following standards: cancer
committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical
services, research, and community outreach.
Navarro is among 1,600 volunteer physicians who are
responsible for providing leadership and direction to
establish, maintain, and support their facilities cancer
programs. Cancer Liaison Physicians are
responsible for spearheading CoC initiatives within
their cancer program, collaborating with local
agencies such as the American Cancer Society and
facilitating quality improvement initiatives utilizing
data submitted to the CoC's National
Database. Dr. Navarro will be involved as the
Cancer Liaison Physician working with the staff to
promote the facilities Commission on Cancer approval and
make the program more visible as well as working with
the Cancer Committee and improving quality initiatives
through the use of data provided by the National Cancer
Navarro graduated from Medical School at Escuela
Comobiana de Medicina in Columbia, South America in
1996. From 1999 - 2001 he was a Research Fellow at
Brigham & Women's Hospital, he then completed his
internship in General Surgery at Boston University
Medical Center. His residency in General Surgery
was at Maine Medical Center from 2002 - 2006. In
2007 he became Board Certified in General Surgery.
Navarro resides in Norway with his wife and their
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