The VITA program at UCLA is directed by Patricia A. Ganz, M.D., Jacqueline Casillas, M.D., M.S.H.S. and Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, Ph.D., M.A., M.N., R.N., each of whom brings extensive experience in quality of care and health outcomes research related to cancer.
Patricia Ganz, M.D.
Patricia Ganz, M.D., is a medical oncologist who received her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College (Harvard University) in 1969 and her M.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1973. She completed her training in internal medicine and hematology/oncology at UCLA Medical Center from 1973-1978, where she also served as chief resident in medicine. She has been a member of the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine since 1978 and the UCLA School of Public Health since 1992. Since 1993 she has been director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 1999 she was awarded an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship for Enhancing Patient Outcomes across the Cancer Control Continuum. In 2006, she was awarded funding to lead UCLA's Cancer Survivorship Center of Excellence as part of the LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence Network.
Dr. Ganz is a pioneer in the assessment of quality of life in cancer patients, and is active in clinical trials research with the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project. She has focused much of her clinical and research efforts in the areas of breast cancer and its prevention, and was a member of the NCI Progress Review Group on Breast Cancer. At the cancer center, she directs the UCLA Family Cancer Registry and Genetic Evaluation Program. Her other 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 was a member of the IOM Committee that wrote the report on Adult Cancer Survivors, From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition.
Jacqueline Casillas, M.D., M.S.H.S.
Jacqueline Casillas, M.D., M.S.H.S., 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.
Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, Ph.D., M.A., M.N., R.N.
Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, Ph.D., M.A., M.N., R.N., is a professor in the UCLA School of Public Health as well as the Department of Asian American Studies. Dr. Kagawa-Singer has a masters degree in nursing and a masters and doctorate in anthropology, all from UCLA. Her clinical work and research has been in oncology and on the etiology and elimination of disparities in physical and mental health care outcomes for communities of color, primarily with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. She serves on multiple local, state and national committees addressing impact of ethnicity on health care and health outcomes and has published and lectured extensively on cross-cultural issues in health, cancer, pain, grief and bereavement, survivorship, end-of-life decision-making and quality of life. She also focuses her efforts on the impact of culture and cultural competency on health outcomes.
Dr. Kagawa-Singer is principal investigator of the Los Angeles site for the NCI-funded national Asian American Network on Cancer Awareness, Research and Training, and the UCLA NCI-funded Minority Training Program for Cancer Control Research. She is associate director and community director of the UCLA-LIVESTRONG™ Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Survivorship Program, a member of the LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence Network. In addition, she maintains an active empirical research portfolio.