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SEATTLE, Wash. - (Oct. 5, 2007) - Stephen Bayles, MD, FACS, director of head and neck oncology at Virginia Mason Medical Center, was awarded the 2006 Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC). The award, given to 55 people nationwide for exemplary activities in 2006, will be presented at the Cancer Liaison Physician Breakfast in New Orleans Oct. 8, 2007.

Bayles was nominated for his excellence in improving the quality of care delivered at Virginia Mason; contributing to the approval status and strengthening of the cancer program at Virginia Mason; demonstrating cancer control leadership in the community; and serving as a champion and role model for other staff.

Established more than 40 years ago, the Cancer Liaison Program consists of a network of 1,600 physician volunteers spearheading CoC initiatives, improving clinical practice at the local level and collaborating with local agencies to reduce the burden of cancer in the community. 

The Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award is designed to recognize individuals who go above and beyond the regular scope of duties. Each year, the CoC calls for nominations from a variety of sources including state chair people, American Cancer Society staff, CoC surveyors and staff at health care organizations with cancer programs. Submissions then go through an extensive review by state chairs and the Committee on Cancer Liaison. 

“We are pleased to acknowledge Stephen Bayles’ commitment as a true champion and a model to emulate,” said Jon Greif, DO, FACS, Chair, Committee on Cancer Liaison. 

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

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Alisha Mark
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