The American Oncology Network (AON) recently named Dr. Vipul Patel and Dr. Craig Roberts to its Board. AON is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Founded in 2017, rapidly growing AON network represents nearly 50 physicians and over ten nurse practitioners practicing across seven states. The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures as well as enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. Based on aggregate volume and economies of scale, it helps guide members toward value-based care models while leading the way in community oncology.
Participating Community Oncology Providers
A growing list of oncology practices have signed up to AON. They include:
- Genesis Cancer Center, Arkansas
- Hematology Oncology of Indiana
- Hope Cancer Care, Nevada
- Zangmeister Cancer Center, Ohio
- Hematology Oncology Center, Ohio
- Cancer Blood & Specialists, Kentucky
- Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston, Virginia
Board Member with Extensive Clinical Research Experience
AON’s most recent board member, Dr. Vipul Patel, has been published in several prestigious journals, including the International Journal of Cancer. Dr. Patel served as director of clinical trials for an Institutional Review Board (IRB) in Gaston, NC with responsibility for protecting rights and welfare of patients involved in research. As AON grows its community oncology provider members, it grows its ability to offer clinical research as a care option to patients.
With a unique model of physician-led community-based oncology management, the group maintains a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic health record, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs. TrialSite News has covered a wave of federal research dollars flow into various academic medical centers for community oncology-based opportunities. Groups like AON represent an intriguing interface with communities and patients.