The VITA program at UCLA is directed by Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. and Jacqueline Casillas, M.D., M.S.H.S., both of whom bring extensive experience in quality of care and health outcomes research related to cancer.
Patricia Ganz, M.D.
Dr. Patricia Ganz is a pioneer in the assessment of quality of life in cancer patients and survivors, and is active in clinical trials research with the NRG Oncology Clinical Trials Group. At the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, she leads the scientific program focused on Patients and Survivors. She was a founding member of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) in 1986, and has directed the UCLA-LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center since 2006. In 1997 she established the UCLA Family Cancer Registry and Genetic Evaluation Program, which now clinically serves patients and survivors, who are at high risk for familial/hereditary cancers. Her major areas of research include cancer survivorship and late effects of cancer treatment, cancer in the elderly, and quality of care for cancer patients. She served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee responsible for the 2005 report “From Cancer Patient to Survivor: Lost in Transition,” and on the 2008 IOM Committee for the report “Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs,” and chaired the 2013 IOM report and recommendations entitled “Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis.”
Jacqueline Casillas, M.D., M.S.H.S.
Dr. Jacqueline Casillas is a pediatric oncologist and a health services researcher at UCLA whose area of interest is access to care, quality of life and quality of care for long-term survivors of childhood cancer. Dr. Casillas received her medical degree from UCLA and completed her residency and fellowship at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center. She is currently an assistant professor in pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. Some of her current research projects include assessing access to care for adult survivors of childhood cancer in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study; assessment of health status, medical care and preventive health practices of Latino adult survivors of childhood cancer; and explaining psychosocial and quality of life outcomes in Latino long-term survivors of childhood cancer. Dr. Casillas is associate director of the UCLA-LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence.