Commission on Cancer Committee

Tahoe Forest Cancer Committee

The membership of the Commission on Cancer Committee is multidisciplinary, representing physicians from diagnostic and treatment specialties and non-physicians from administrative and supportive services. Committee coordinators, who are responsible for specific areas of cancer program activity, are designated each calendar year. The care of patients with cancer requires a multidisciplinary approach and encompasses numerous physician and non-physician professionals. 

Commission on Cancer Committee members:

Melissa Kaime, MD, FACP, Chairman and Hematologist/Medical Oncologist
Ahrin B. Koppel, MD, Medical Director and Hematologist/Medical Oncologist
Ellen M. Cooper, MD, Physician Liaison and General Surgeon
Kathleen Legarza, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Thomas Semrad, MD, Hematologist/Medical Oncologist
Michael Powell, MD, Pathologist
Thaddeus A. Laird, MD, Radiologist
Peter Taylor, MD, Medical Staff Quality Liaison and Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Jeanne Plumb, MD, Primary Care
Kelley A. Bottomley, CTR, Manager of Quality and Compliance
Cathleen Zoller, American Cancer Center
Lizzy Henessy, Community Outreach Coordinator
Kirk W. Ditterich, PsyD., Oncology Support Services Coordinator and Psychologist
Rebecca Zadig-Escalera, Operations Manager
Michelle Larson, PT, Oncology Rehabilitation
Karen Aaron, RN, BSN, OCN, CN, BN, Patient Navigation
Bruno Carlini, Radiation Oncology Manager
Janet VanGelder, RN, Director of Hospital Quality & Compliance
Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer
Robin Ward, CME, Medical Staff Services
Johanna S. Koch, MD, Palliative Care and Hospice
Hilary Ward, Pharm.D, Oncologic Pharmacist
Jim Sturtevant, RN, Administrative Director of Transitions
Abby Thomas, MHS, BA-BSN, RN BCPN-C, Clinical Supervisor