WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) announced today that Frederick M. Schnell, M.D., F.A.C.P., has been appointed to the newly created staff position of Medical Director. He brings more than three decades of experience as a physician and community oncology practice CEO. Among the first issues Dr. Schnell will help community oncology practices address is the future of oncology payment reform.
Previously, Dr. Schnell was a practicing community oncologist for 34 years, most recently as CEO, at Central Georgia Cancer Care in Macon, Ga. He is also currently a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Ga. and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Hematology and Oncology at the Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Schnell has been the recipient of the Distinguished Cancer Clinician Award from the Georgia Cancer Coalition. He was a founding physician of COA, served as the third COA president, and as a member of the COA Board of Directors for many years.
"This position is coming back to a 'family' I know well," said Dr. Schnell. "This is a crucial time for community oncology. There are obstacles and issues to be sure, but the future is so much more positive and COA has more resources than at any time in its history."
"We are pleased to have Dr. Schnell joining the Community Oncology Alliance team. His years of practice, patient care and an intimate understanding of the issues facing cancer care providers and cancer patients make Dr. Schnell perfectly suited to be our Medical Director," said Jeff Vacirca, MD, CEO of NY Cancer Specialists in New York and president of COA. "The rapidly changing landscape of cancer care delivery in the United States demands insight like his to craft the future strategies for community oncology."
About the Community Oncology Alliance: COA is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for community oncology practices and, most importantly, the patients they serve. COA is the only organization dedicated solely to independent community oncology where the majority of Americans with cancer are treated. The mission of COA is to ensure that cancer patients receive quality, affordable, and accessible cancer care in their own communities. For more than 15 years, COA has built a national grassroots network of community oncology practices to advocate for public policies that benefit cancer patients.