UH Cancer Center ACCRUAL Event Celebrates Community Partners

April 10, 2019

HONOLULU – The University of Hawaiʻi. Cancer Center proudly celebrates the first Annual Cancer Clinical Research Accrual Leaders (ACCRUAL) event. The ACCRUAL event recognizes the clinical trial coordination and administration efforts of the UH Cancer Center’s community partners.

The UH Cancer Center coordinates clinical trials through a robust network on Oʻahu including the Hawaiʻi Cancer Consortium with oversight of trials at The Queen's Health Systems, Hawaiʻi Pacific Health hospitals, Kuakini Health System and numerous private practitioners statewide.

Awardees were recognized for efforts that included reviewing the validity of clinical trial protocols, facilitating clinical research to improve patient care, and for successfully enrolling patients in both therapeutic and non-therapeutic clinical trials.

“We realize that they are going beyond their usual duties and we want to acknowledge them for that,” said Jessica Rhee, MD, medical director of the UH Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office. “We could not do what we do in clinical research without these community partners and we want to hold an event to recognize them, to say thank you and to celebrate the successes from the previous year.”

These efforts to improve cancer care and treatments for the residents of Hawaiʻi contribute to the UH Cancer Center’s 20BY25 educational campaign goal to achieve enrollment to cancer clinical trials of 20 percent of all individuals with newly diagnosed & relapsed cancers each year by 2025. The ACCRUAL event celebrates movement toward this goal.

“This whole research program gives patients security in knowing their doctors are looking out for their best interest. It lets the patients know that there is support here in Hawaiʻi for their care and I think that’s another wonderful thing that the UH Cancer Center provides for them,” said Kenneth Sumida, MD, Hawaii Oncology, Inc., winner of a Gold Accrual Award.

Visit the UH Cancer Center photo gallery for more ACCRUAL event photos

Visit the UH Cancer Center photo gallery for more ACCRUAL event photos

Below is a list of the community partners recognized at the event for their efforts in the following areas:

UH Cancer Center ACCRUAL Event Celebrates Community Partners

April 10, 2019

HONOLULU – The University of Hawaiʻi. Cancer Center proudly celebrates the first Annual Cancer Clinical Research Accrual Leaders (ACCRUAL) event. The ACCRUAL event recognizes the clinical trial coordination and administration efforts of the UH Cancer Center’s community partners.

The UH Cancer Center coordinates clinical trials through a robust network on Oʻahu including the Hawaiʻi Cancer Consortium with oversight of trials at The Queen's Health Systems, Hawaiʻi Pacific Health hospitals, Kuakini Health System and numerous private practitioners statewide.

Awardees were recognized for efforts that included reviewing the validity of clinical trial protocols, facilitating clinical research to improve patient care, and for successfully enrolling patients in both therapeutic and non-therapeutic clinical trials.

“We realize that they are going beyond their usual duties and we want to acknowledge them for that,” said Jessica Rhee, MD, medical director of the UH Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office. “We could not do what we do in clinical research without these community partners and we want to hold an event to recognize them, to say thank you and to celebrate the successes from the previous year.”

These efforts to improve cancer care and treatments for the residents of Hawaiʻi contribute to the UH Cancer Center’s 20BY25 educational campaign goal to achieve enrollment to cancer clinical trials of 20 percent of all individuals with newly diagnosed & relapsed cancers each year by 2025. The ACCRUAL event celebrates movement toward this goal.

“This whole research program gives patients security in knowing their doctors are looking out for their best interest. It lets the patients know that there is support here in Hawaiʻi for their care and I think that’s another wonderful thing that the UH Cancer Center provides for them,” said Kenneth Sumida, MD, Hawaii Oncology, Inc., winner of a Gold Accrual Award.

Visit the UH Cancer Center photo gallery for more ACCRUAL event photos

Visit the UH Cancer Center photo gallery for more ACCRUAL event photos

Below is a list of the community partners recognized at the event for their efforts in the following areas:

Clinical Trial Accrual Awards (awards based on number of patients enrolled onto trials by type of trial)

Clinical Trial Accrual Awards (awards based on number of patients enrolled onto trials by type of trial)

  1. Interventional non-therapeutic trials
    1. Platinum awards (>20)
      1. Erin Capps, MD (The Queen's Medical Center)
      2. Wade Kyono, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
      3. Sergei Tikhonenkov, MD (Island Urology)
    2. Gold awards (10-20)
      1. Jonathan Cho, MD (Hawaii Cancer Care)
      2. Tamie Kerns, DO (Tripler Army Medical Center)
      3. John Musser, MD (Tripler Army Medical Center)
    3. Silver awards (5-9)
      1. William Loui, MD (Hawaii Cancer Care)
      2. Keith Terada, MD (The Queen's Medical Center)
      3. Ronald Yanagihara, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
  2. Interventional therapeutic trials
    1. Platinum awards (10-15)
      1. Wade Kyono, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
      2. David Tamura, MD (Hawaii Cancer Care)
      3. Ronald Yanagihara, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    2. Gold awards (6-9)
      1. Michael Carney, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
      2. Jonathan Cho, MD (Hawaii Cancer Care)
      3. Kenneth Sumida, MD (Hawaii Oncology, Inc)
    3. Silver awards (5)
      1. Clayton Chong, MD (Hawaii Oncology, Inc)
      2. C. Galen Choy, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
      3. Ian Okazaki, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
      4. Stuart Tsuji, MD (The Queen's Medical Center)

Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB)

Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB)

  1. Participants provide direction on the selection of the research studies that are made available to community practices through the UH Cancer Center
  2. Attendees of this monthly meeting include physicians, nurses, research staff and administrators from the UH Cancer Center and community sites
  3. CRAB Chair: Jared Acoba, MD (Hawaii Oncology, Inc)
  4. Best attendance awards (9-11 meetings):
    1. Anthony Froix, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    2. Ian Okazaki, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    3. Kenneth Sumida, MD (Hawaii Oncology, Inc)
  5. Participation awards (attended meetings and provided input):
    1. Samir Ambrale, MD, MPH (FHP Medical Center, Guam)
    2. Annette Amiotte, RN, BSN (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    3. Craig Boddy, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    4. Dan Donovan, MD (The Queen's Medical Center)
    5. Tim Kelleher, RN, CCRC (The Queen's Medical Center)
    6. Tamie Kerns, DO (Tripler Army Medical Center)
    7. Franklin Lee, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    8. Richard Lee, MD, PhD (The Cancer Center of Hawaii)
    9. Gene Liu, MD (The Queen's Medical Center)
    10. Robyn Morse, CCRC (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    11. Kelly Nelsen, RN, MPH (The Queen's Medical Center)
    12. Christina Speirs, MD, PhD (The Cancer Center of Hawaii)
    13. David Tamura, MD (Hawaii Cancer Care)
    14. Ronald Yanagihara, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)

Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC)

Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC)

  1. Scientific review committee for all protocols to assess their scientific merit, statistical validity and scientific progress
  2. The monthly meetings also prioritize protocols relative to the mission of UH Cancer Center
  3. PRMC Chair: Jeffrey Berenberg, MD (Tripler Army Medical Center)
  4. Best attendance award (11 meetings):
    1. David Horio, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
  5. Service awards for being PRMC members:
    1. Anthony Froix, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    2. Tamie Kerns, DO (Tripler Army Medical Center)
    3. Jeffrey Killeen, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    4. Gene Liu, MD (The Queen's Medical Center)
    5. Shane Morita, MD (The Queen's Medical Center)
    6. Paul Morris, MD (The Queen's Medical Center)
    7. Noboyuki Miki, MD (Kuakini Medical Center)
    8. David Tamura, MD (Hawaii Cancer Care)
    9. Stuart Tsuji, MD, PhD (The Queen's Medical Center)

Protocol Reviewers

Protocol Reviewers

  1. All protocols requiring scientific review are evaluated by physicians, nurses, pharmacists and research staff.
  2. Reviewers provide formal written evaluations of each protocol.
  3. Review includes assessment of scientific rationale, impact on improving cancer care, study design, feasibility in our community
  4. Top protocol reviewers (reviewed at least 5 protocols):
    1. Lara Au, Pharm D (Tripler Army Medical Center)
    2. Tamie Kerns, DO (Tripler Army Medical Center)
    3. Ian Okazaki, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    4. Kenneth Sumida, MD (Hawaii Oncology, Inc)
  5. Protocol Reviewers:
    1. Craig Boddy, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    2. Michael Carney, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    3. Jonathan Cho, MD (Hawaii Cancer Care)
    4. C. Galen Choy, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    5. Anthony Froix, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    6. Nancy Furumoto, MD (Kuakini Medical Center)
    7. Charles Kim, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    8. Robert Kim, MD (The Queen's Medical Center)
    9. Christopher Klem, MD (The Queen's Medical Center)
    10. Franklin Lee, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    11. Richard Lee, MD, PhD (The Cancer Center of Hawaii)
    12. Gene Liu, MD (The Queen's Medical Center)
    13. Randal Liu, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)
    14. William Loui, MD (Hawaii Cancer Care)
    15. Shane Morita, MD (The Queen's Medical Center)
    16. John Musser, MD (Tripler Army Medical Center)
    17. Patricia Nishimoto, RN (Tripler Army Medical Center)
    18. Melvin P. Palalay, MD (Hawaii Cancer Care)
    19. Christina Speirs, MD, PhD (The Cancer Center of Hawaii)
    20. Marc Takemoto, Pharm D (Kaiser Permanente Hawaii)
    21. David Tamura, MD (Hawaii Cancer Care)
    22. Keith Terada, MD (The Queen's Medical Center)
    23. Stuart Tsuji, MD, PhD (The Queen's Medical Center)
    24. Ronald Yanagihara, MD (Hawaii Pacific Health)

Clinical Trials Facilitation Awards

Clinical Trials Facilitation Awards

  1. Each hospital and private office nominated a staff member who facilitated clinical research and contributed significantly to care of patients on clinical trials
    1. Tim Egante, CMA (Island Urology)
    2. Christine Hoover, RN (Tripler Army Medical Center)
    3. Shady Kaleikau, CMA (Hawaii Oncology, Inc.)
    4. Robyn Morse, CCRC (Hawaii Pacific Health – adult oncology)
    5. Kelly Nelsen, RN, MPH (The Queen's Medical Center)
    6. Dee Ann Omatsu, MS, APRN (Hawaii Pacific Health – pediatric oncology)
    7. Tusi Toomata-Mayer, RN (Hawaii Cancer Care)
    8. Gina Walker, RT(T) (The Cancer Center of Hawaii)