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Mark L. Sobczak, MD
Chief Network Officer and Vice President, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Dr. Sobczak is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1977. After six years as a naval aviator Dr. Sobczak attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences where he earned his medical degree in 1987. He continued his post-graduate medical education in Radiation Oncology in the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard program where he was named an American Cancer Society Fellow. Dr. Sobczak joined the Fox Chase Cancer Center after a notable career in the US Navy Medical Corps where he organized and then led the first comprehensive oncology department in military medicine. This was followed by years of experience in the planning, development, and growth of free-standing radiation oncology centers with 21st Century Oncology. Dr. Sobczak has been a pioneer in the planning, implementation and utilization of electronic medical records in Oncology. He is board certified in Radiation Oncology through the American Board of Radiology. In 1991 Dr. Sobczak was a finalist in the astronaut mission specialist selection process for NASA.
Currently Dr. Sobczak serves as a member of the Genitourinary Steering Committee of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group where he also acts as a full member site auditor. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. His research interests include predictive biomarkers for genitourinary cancers and cancer prevention and control.
Steven J. Cohen, MD
Chief, Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology
Medical Director, Medical Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners
Co-Leader, Gastrointestinal Cancer Service Line
Dr. Cohen joined the staff at Fox Chase in 2002 after completing his fellowship at Fox Chase. In 2004, he was named associate medical director of the Fox Chase Network (now Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners), and is the director of the Fox Chase Cancer Center Extramural Research Program. Dr. Cohen's research interests include gastrointestinal tumor.
Paul F. Engstrom, MD
Chief Network Officer Emeritus, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Dr. Engstrom received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He continued at University of Minnesota Hospitals for his postgraduate training, which included a Public Health Service Trainee Grant in medical oncology. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) board of directors and the chair of the NCCN Colon/Rectum/Anal Cancer Panel. In addition, Dr. Engstrom is a professor of medicine at Temple University School of Medicine.
Some of Dr. Engstrom's research interests include biomarkers research, cancer prevention and control interventions and behavioral medicine interventions. He is the director of the Fox Chase Early Detection Research Network Clinical Epidemiology and Validation Center Program and the principal investigator for the Fox Chase Cancer Center CCOP-Research Base Program.
Alan G. Howald
Assistant Vice President,
Regional Development and Planning
Alan is responsible for clinical, research, education, marketing and business activities between Fox Chase Cancer Center and Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner hospitals and related physician practices. He has over 20 years of healthcare experience in various operational, financial and analytical capacities with 12 years of direct experience in oncology. He is also the director of Strategic Planning at Fox Chase.
Peg O'Grady, RN, MSN, OCN
Senior Director, Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners
Peg has a degree in nursing from Holy Family University, a master's degree for nursing and business administration from La Salle University and has completed the Six Sigma Certificate Program at Villanova University. She is Oncology Nursing certified by the Oncology Nursing Society and has been a member for 20 years.
Peg directs the clinical operations staff for the Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners program. She coordinates clinical program planning, disease management project development, quality improvement and hospital specific accreditations for 25 community hospitals affiliated with Fox Chase Cancer Center.
Peg has 25 years of oncology experience in varied leadership roles, and her special research interests include Six Sigma strategies for outcomes research, quality metrics development, assessing research program infrastructure and developing ambulatory care programs at community partner sites.
Julia C. Goplerud, BS, MA
Senior Director of Regional Marketing
and Physician Relations,
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Julia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in science journalism from University of Kansas, and a master's degree in molecular biology from University of Texas at Austin. She has more than 20 years of experience in health-care marketing and oversees advertising, media buying and consumer marketing for Fox Chase Cancer Center and also heads the physician relations program, including overseeing development of physician collateral materials, video vignettes, web profiles, dinners, educational events and physician-to-physician office visits.
In addition to her responsibilities at Fox Chase, Julia provides guidance for Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners marketing and acts as a consultant for all aspects of health-care marketing including planning, media buying, advertising, collateral materials, physician relations, and clinical trials recruitment. She has developed numerous campaigns recruiting people for clinical trials and cancer high-risk programs and is co-author of two publications on strategies for recruiting minorities to clinical trials. Prior to joining Fox Chase, she held positions at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. and University of Texas at Austin.