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State health commissioner taps Upstate doctor for cancer panel


Leslie Kohman, MD

Leslie Kohman, MD

Leslie Kohman, MD, director of outreach for the Upstate Cancer Center, has been appointed to the New York State Cancer Detection and Education Program Advisory Council.

The council has 21 members appointed by state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, JD, who provide recommendations and guidance on cancer-related prevention and detection issues, disease management and treatment, new technologies and survivorship.

Kohman points out that New York has a higher incidence of cancer but a lower death rate than the nation as a whole. This indicates good medical care in our state, she says, “however, there are striking differences by county, and these disparities need to be corrected.”

Her work with the American Cancer Society and the New York State Cancer Consortium has given Kohman familiarity with the state‘s cancer plan.

Fall 2016 issue of Cancer Care magazineThis article appears in the fall 2016 issue of Cancer Care magazine.