Kathleen Castro, RN, MS, AOCN® is a Nurse Consultant in the Office of the Associate Director of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program. Ms. Castro's research interests are in clinical effectiveness of cancer care delivery; quality reporting to measure processes and outcomes of care delivery; and cancer care delivery in community-based cancer programs. Ms. Castro's prior experience includes 13 years as a Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator at the National Cancer Institute, Georgetown University and George Washington University and five years as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and Georgetown University Medical Center.
Ms. Castro serves as a Program Director for the Cancer Care Delivery Research component of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), a consortium of seven Research Bases and 46 community oncology practices, hospitals, and integrated health systems to support NCI's clinical trials program and cancer care delivery research in community-based oncology practice. She led the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) Quality of Care initiatives within the consortium of 21 community-based cancer centers and health systems in 16 states devoted to bring clinical trials and evidence based practice into community oncology care. She has collaborated with the American College of Surgeons Rapid Quality Reporting System team and the American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Oncology Practice Initiative team to integrate national quality reporting initiatives into the NCCCP program. Ms. Castro is the Principal Investigator for multi-site protocols investigating processes and outcomes of multidisciplinary care as well as quality measurement in community settings. Ms. Castro has published on quality outcomes and cancer care delivery in peer-reviewed publications and has presented at the ASCO Annual Meeting, ASCO Quality Symposium and ONS Congress.
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