THE WOODLANDS, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 9, 2018--The US Oncology Network (The Network) announced the appointment of Loren Rourke, M.D., M.H.C.M., as its chief surgical officer, a new role created to support and enhance the surgical community within The Network, fortifying its mission of delivering comprehensive approach to cancer care.

Dr. Rourke brings more than 15 years of surgical experience to The US Oncology Network – experience that includes numerous academic appointments, committees, honors, awards and publications. Most recently, she served as regional breast program director at Houston Methodist. Previously, she held such leadership positions as medical director for the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute Breast Center (Scarborough, ME) and surgical director of St. Luke’s Woodlands breast program.

“I am thrilled to be joining The US Oncology Network in this groundbreaking, new role,” said Dr. Rourke. “It’s an exciting opportunity for me to help guide The Network’s approach to cancer treatment – an approach that is team-based, comprehensive and recognizes the pivotal role surgeons play in treating cancer.”

Dr. Rourke has contributed to the development of new surgical techniques in breast surgical oncology, as the author or co-author of more than ten original, peer-reviewed research articles, editorials and book chapters. In addition to her clinical work, she has lectured nationally and internationally and is the recipient of several scholarships and awards.

With more than 60 affiliated practices and 1,400 physicians, The US Oncology Network’s affiliated practices treated almost one million patients in the year ending March 31, 2018. Surgeons have played an important role in The Network’s approach to integrated cancer care, an area that continues to grow in its importance.

“We are proud to welcome Dr. Rourke to The US Oncology Network in a unique and forward-thinking role,” said Michael Seiden, president and chief medical officer. “Bringing in a surgeon of her caliber emphasizes The Network’s strategic direction towards truly comprehensive care that includes surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology. With more than 300 surgeons in The Network, Dr. Rourke will be a key leader working closely with me and the entire US Oncology leadership team.”

Dr. Rourke is a board-certified fellowship-trained breast surgeon who earned her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, LA. She completed her internship at Indiana State University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN, surgery residency at University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, TN, and later completed her interdisciplinary, breast clinical fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Dr. Rourke will be based at the headquarters for McKesson Specialty Health in The Woodlands, TX.

About The US Oncology Network

The US Oncology Network is one of the nation’s largest networks of integrated, community-based oncology practices dedicated to advancing high-quality, evidence-based cancer care. A physician-led organization, The US Oncology Network unites like-minded physicians and clinicians around a common vision of improving patient outcomes and quality of life. Leveraging healthcare information technology, shared best practices, evidence-based guidelines and quality measurements, physicians within The US Oncology Network are pioneering new ways to achieve this vision. The US Oncology Network is committed to strengthening patient access to integrated care in local communities across the nation, including collaboration with a variety of payers, hospitals and academic institutions. The US Oncology Network is supported by  McKesson Specialty Health, a division of  McKesson Corporation  focused on empowering a vibrant and sustainable community patient care delivery system. For more information, visit  www.usoncology.com.

About McKesson Specialty Health

McKesson Specialty Health, a division of McKesson Corporation, works together with stakeholders across the healthcare delivery system to preserve and strengthen specialty care, passionately driven by the benefits it provides patients and the system as a whole. Through innovative provider, practice management, biopharma and payer solutions, McKesson Specialty Health focuses on improving the financial, operational and business health of our customers and partners so they may provide the best care to patients. At McKesson Specialty Health, we believe that we are all in this together. For more information, visit www.mckessonspecialtyhealth.com.

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