Patient and Family Advisory Council

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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.

Medal of Excellence Nominations

Has a member of the Moores Cancer Center staff helped you in an extraordinary way? The Medal of Excellence rewards extra-special efforts made by non-physician staff. PFAC awards it annually at the Celebrate the Care event.

To nominate someone, complete the nomination form and submit it in one of these ways:

  • Email to welisten@ucsd.edu
  • At a check-in desk at your next visit
  • Mail to:
    Moores Cancer Center, MC 0658
    Attn: Patient and Family Advisory Council
    3855 Health Sciences Drive
    La Jolla, CA 92093

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. If you are interested in becoming a member, download an application.

Current Members

PFAC members

Front Row (names from left to right)
• Julie Croner Chief Administrative Officer
• Stanley Faer Community Chair
• Dr. Barbara Parker Deputy Director, Clinical Affairs

Second Row (names from left to right)
• Bob Starkey Patient Representative
• Nikki Schweitzer Patient Representative
• Linda Strause, Caregiver Representative
• Cynthia Villis, Patient Representative
• Linda Holland Immediate Past Community Chair
• Laura Sinohui, Patient Representative
• Mary Collins, Clinical Manager Radiation Oncology
• Robyn Isbell, Patient Representative
• Danielle McLaughlin, Administrative Manager

Back Row (names from left to right)
• Laurie Knight, Clinical Social Worker
• Dr. Jeremy Hirst, Associate Director, Patient & Family Support Service
• Gilbert Corbin, Patient Representative
• Brian McCloskey, Patient Representative

Not Pictured
• Omar Hassaine, Patient Representative
• Adriana Tamayo, Patient Representative
• Jim Allen, Patient Representative
• Emily Meier, Patient Representative
• Jennifer Johnson, Senior Analyst, Patient Experience
• Layah Blacksberg, Director of Volunteer Services
• Victoria Bradford, Assistant Director of Nursing

Contact Us

To share an experience or concern, please email welisten@ucsd.edu or call 619-543-5678.

Get Involved

To apply or learn more about becoming a member of the Patient & Family Advisory Council, download an application or call 858-822-5381.

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