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Partners in Care

The Patient & Family Advisory Council (PFAC) is your advocate. We are a group of patients, caregivers, providers, and staff who are committed to ensuring that patient and family perspectives are heard at Moores Cancer Center. In partnership with Moores Cancer Center leadership, we examine and incorporate patient and family feedback to improve services and care.

Your voice matters.
Your views help us improve the patient and family experience
at Moores Cancer Center.

Vision, Mission, and Purpose

Our vision: Compassionate patient and family-centered care is an integral part of personalized medicine

Our mission: To humanize the cancer experience by ensuring patient and family perspectives are heard and integrated

Our purpose:

  • Improve the patient experience by focusing on how we can provide excellence in patient care, help patients navigate through their cancer care, and increase awareness of our services throughout the community
  • Provide Cancer Center leadership with the perspectives of patients, families, community members, volunteers, and employees
  • Participate in cancer education programs and quality improvement projects
  • Recognize staff, faculty, and volunteers

For more information, see our bylaws.

Current Members



  • Dr. Barbara Parker, Deputy Director, Clinical Affairs 
  • Stanley Faer, Community Chair
  • Kauser Ahmed, Ph.D., Staff Chair, Administrative Director, Patient & Family Support Services 
Second Row
  • Jennifer Johnson, Patient Experience, Senior Data Analyst, UC San Diego Health 
  • Dr. Jeremy Hirst, Associate Director, Patient & Family Support Service
  • Bob Starkey, Patient Representative
  • Mary Collins, Clinic Manager, Radiation Oncology 
  • Linda Holland, Immediate Past Community Chair 
  • Nikki Schweitzer, Patient Representative
  • Sally Bernstein, Patient Representative
Back Row
  • Bobby Cherry, Assistant Director, Oncology Services
  • Suzanne Agarwal, Experience Specialist
  • Linda Strause, Caregiver Representative
  • Adriana Tamayo, Patient Representative 
  • Laura Sinohui, Patient Representative
  • Jim Allen, Patient Representative 
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  • Julia Busch, Patient Representative
  • Julie Croner, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Omar Hassaine, Patient Representative
  • Nancy Ruppert,  Clinical Social Worker
  • Monette Santos Moss, Infusion Center Nursing Manager
  • Holly Travis, Patient Representative


Contact Us

To share an experience or concern, please email or call 619-543-5678.

Get Involved

To learn more about becoming a member of PFAC, please call 858-822-5381.

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