Peer Review Committee for Palliative Care and Symptom Management (PCSM)

Areas Reviewed

Survivorship research to improve the quality of life for patients, their families and caregivers from the time of cancer diagnosis throughout the survivorship journey including end-of-life care. This includes interventions focused on:

  • prevention
  • assessment and treatment of burdensome symptoms, such as pain 
  • supportive care such as maintenance of healthy weight, improving dietary quality and physical activity 

Note:  The CPPB committee also reviews research proposals that focus on patients and their families that are not included in these 3 categories.

Committee Members

Eileen Hacker, PhD, APN, AOCN, FAAN, Chair
Indiana University, Indianapolis

Robert Gramling, MD, DSC, Vice-Chair
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405-0160

Clay Drake, Stakeholder
Windsor, CO

Ian Lock, Stakeholder
Salt Lake City, UT

Melissa Alderfer, PhD
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children of The Nemours Foundation
Wilmington, DE 19803

Judith Carroll, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Jie Deng, PhD
The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Michelle Fortier, PhD
University of California, Irvine
Orange, CA 92868

Thomas W. LeBlanc, MD, MA, MHS, FAAHPM
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27705

Maija Reblin, PhD
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Inc
Tampa, FL 33612

Cardinale B. Smith, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY 10029

Xin Shelley Wang, MD, MPH
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX 77030