Newswise — New Haven, Conn. — Tara Sanft, M.D., associate professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Director of the Smilow Cancer Hospital (SCH) Survivorship Clinic, has been appointed the inaugural Chief Patient Experience Officer at Yale Cancer Center (YCC) and SCH at Yale New Haven Hospital.  

In this new role, Sanft will work closely with the Chief Medical Experience Officer for the Yale New Haven Hospital System and Yale Medicine to continue to build on the exceptional patient and family centered environment at Smilow Cancer Hospital and its network of 15 Care Centers. Sanft will also focus on the provider experience to build an efficient practice environment and to foster a culture of wellness.

“Dr. Sanft's background as a provider of care through our Breast Center and as Medical Director of our Survivorship Clinic, where she consults with patients with a variety of diagnoses, gives her a unique perspective on the patient experience and will help to inform her new role,” said Charles Fuchs, M.D., M.P.H., director of YCC and physician-in-chief at SCH. Sanft will start her new position immediately.

About Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital Yale Cancer Center (YCC) is one of only 51 National Cancer Institute (NCI-designated comprehensive cancer) centers in the nation and the only such center in Connecticut. Cancer treatment for patients is available at Smilow Cancer Hospital through 13 multidisciplinary teams and at 15 Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Centers in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Smilow Cancer Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, a Quality program of the American College of Surgeons. Comprehensive cancer centers play a vital role in the advancement of the NCI’s goal of reducing morbidity and mortality from cancer through scientific research, cancer prevention, and innovative cancer treatment.


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