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Terry Sarantou, MD, FACS, breast cancer surgical oncologist at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute was recently named chair of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) standards and accreditation committee—an organization that is recognized for quality throughout the United States, and internationally. In his position, Dr. Sarantou travels across the globe to survey and accredit various breast centers for providing superior care for patients.
The NAPBC is administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), which leads national and international efforts to improve quality in hospitals. The standards and accreditations committee is one of five NAPBC committees that was established to develop standards and treatment guidelines that are universally applicable across all breast cancer centers.
Dr. Sarantou recently visited Al-Ain and Abu Dhabi, the capital city of Dubai, where he surveyed the first international program to be accredited by the NAPBC anywhere outside the U.S. Tawam Hospital was the first cancer center to be established in the United Arab Emirates.
“Ensuring that all breast cancer patients have access to quality care that they need and expect is of critical importance, especially at centers that may have been previously lacking in this area,” said Dr. Sarantou. “I am honored to play a role in helping these programs meet specific requirements, so that they ultimately are able to give patients the highest-quality treatment.”