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    At the ACRM Annual Conference in 2013, the Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group (CRNG) was recognized by the ACRM Board of Governors. The CRNG is comprised of interdisciplinary professionals who desire to improve the educational and networking opportunities for ACRM membership in cancer rehabilitation research, education, clinical care and policy in order to improve the lives of people who have been diagnosed with cancer.



    The mission of the CRNG is to advance the field of cancer rehabilitation by providing opportunities for education and professional development, advocating for standards in clinical practice and research, and supporting a forum for interdisciplinary and international exchange.


    • Continuing education opportunities
    • Opportunity to plan educational courses for the ACRM Annual Conference
    • Task Force participation
    • Collaborative research opportunities



    300+ Members
    37 Cancer Rehabilitation Posters
    5 Task Forces
    3 New Cancer Rehabilitation Awards
    2 Nonstop Educational Conference Tracks
    2 New Columns in Oncology Publications
    1 Website
    1 Newsletter


    Click to See Cancer Rehabilitation Programming at the ACRM Annual Conference4 Tracks of Cancer Rehab Content at the ACRM Annual Conference

    Join us at the 2016 ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research in Chicago this fall, for 4 tracks of NONSTOP educational content focused on cancer rehabilitation. Plus, dive deep into intensive Pre-Conference Instructional Courses or Specialized Workshops on a wide variety of topics.

    Up to 42.5 hours of CE available.

    Learn More >>




    Functional impairments and disability impact a majority of cancer patients during and after disease treatment. Rehabilitation providers diagnose and treat physical, psychological and cognitive impairments to maintain or restore function, reduce symptom burden, and reduce disability in this medically complex population.

    However, rehabilitation services rarely enter comprehensive oncology care. To explore this gap in care, the Rehabilitation Medicine Department of the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) convened an interdisciplinary, expert panel (including 13 ACRM members) to explore the state of practice and research in cancer rehabilitation and to make recommendations to inform a national initiative. Read more about this ground-breaking initiative >>


    Lynn H. Gerber

    Lynn H. Gerber

    Excellence in Cancer Rehabilitation Award

    The Excellence in Cancer Rehabilitation Award recognizes someone who has demonstrated excellence in the field of interdisciplinary cancer rehabilitation in one or more important areas including, but not limited to, clinical care, medical education or research.

    The 2016 Excellence in Cancer Rehabilitation Award recognized Lynn H. Gerber, MD, for the important contributions she has made to the field of cancer rehabilitation medicine. This award will be presented during the Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group Business meeting at the ACRM Annual Conference in Chicago.


    • 2015:  Andrea Cheville, MD, MSCE



    Gail Gamble, MD 2016 Recipient of the Distinguished Lecturer in Cancer Rehabilitation & Survivorship Care Award

    Gail Gamble, MD

    Distinguished Lecturer in Cancer Rehabilitation & Survivorship Care

    The 2016 Distinguished Lecturer in Cancer Rehabilitation & Survivorship Care is Gail Gamble. This award recognizes the important contributions she has made to the advancement of oncology care. Dr. Gamble will present, Rehabilitation: A Partner in Cancer Care and Survivorship - Evolution & Revolution! #21 at the ACRM Annual Conference in Chicago.



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    Julie SilverCo-Chair
    Julie Silver, MD
    Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
    Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Boston, MA
    Brief Bio
    Vish Raj, MDCo-Chair
    Vish Raj, MD
    Vice-Chair of Clinical Operation, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Associate Medical Director and Director of Oncology Rehabilitation
    Carolinas Rehabilitation
    Charlotte, NC
    Brief Bio

    Brent BravemanSecretary

    Brent Braveman, PhD OTR/L FAOTA
    Director of Rehabilitation Services
    MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX

    Ashish KhannaCommunications Officer

    Ashish Khanna, MD
    Fellow, Medstar Georgetown University/ National Rehabilitation Hospital, Cancer Rehabilitation Department
    Washington, DC


    The CRNG Executive Committee welcomes new members!

    One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups.

    Click the JOIN NOW button to learn more or contact Member Services at +1.703.435.5335 for personal assistance.




    Cancer Rehab Update

    The official news of the ACRM Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group, published winter and spring annually.

    >> Fall 2016

    >> Winter 2016

    >> Summer 2015

    >> Winter 2015






    • Advance cancer rehabilitation research and promote research collaboration
    • Establish an interdisciplinary research agenda
    • Promote translation of evidence to enhance clinical expertise and practice

    Clinical Care

    • Conduct state-of-the-art reviews of practice in cancer rehabilitation care
    • Enhance competencies of an interdisciplinary team member in cancer rehabilitation


    • Participate in continuing education offerings specific to the interests of cancer rehabilitation researchers and clinicians
    • Plan an educational course in cancer rehabilitation for the ACRM annual meeting
    • Develop and receive informational and instructional media

    Become involved in a CRNG task force by contacting a task force chair or a member of the Executive Committee.



    Education Task Force

    The Education Task Force is focused on bringing high quality, Cancer Rehabilitation content to each ACRM Annual Conference. In Dallas, there were over 20 Cancer Rehabilitation-specific symposia—the most ever, at any conference. The task force is also developing a study to assess the state of Cancer Rehabilitation education across multiple specialties to assess the 'state of the specialty practice' as it pertains to education and training of rehabilitation health care providers. Members of our Education Task Force are also available to help members who wish to submit a presentation proposal for the annual conference by providing guidance on topic areas, connecting you with interested co-presenters, and providing feedback on your proposed submissions.

    Nicole Stout, DPT, CLT-LANACo-Chair: Nicole Stout, DPT, CLT-LANA
    Partner, 3e Services LLC
    Alexandria, VA


    Outcomes & Research Task Force

    This task force has been working on the Delphi survey project regarding cancer rehabilitation research priorities for older patients. The group has reached out to the Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group members to find experts to participate in this study. The project will consist of a series of three short surveys that will be sent to ACRM cancer rehabilitation experts who have voiced an interest in participating. The first survey will be sent out in early January.  The second and third surveys will follow shortly thereafter.

    Mary RadomskiCo-Chair: Mary Radomski, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
    Clinical Scientist, Courage Kenny Research Center
    Minneapolis, MN

    Jack FuCo-Chair: Jack Fu, MD
    Physiatrist and Associate Professor, Department of Palliative Care & Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX


    NEW: Palliative Care and Quality of Life Task Force

    This task force is in the process of preparing symposia for the ACRM 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago.

    Brian McMichael, MDCo-Chair: Brian D. McMichael, MD
    Assistant Professor-Clinical, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Columbus, OH
    Rebecca KirchCo-Chair: Rebecca A. Kirch, JD
    Health Care Quality Consultant and Stakeholder
    Washington, DC


    NEW: Oncology Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force

    This task force is committed to bringing terrific cognitive rehabilitation content to ACRM members! Watch for educational courses at the 2016 ACRM Annual Conference that combine the interdisciplinary expertise of oncology, neuropsychology, and occupational therapy. Our goal is to provide members with more information about the cognitive effects of cancer, including assessment, biobehavioral perspectives and interventions.

     Arash AsherCo-Chair: Arash Asher, MD
    Director, Cancer Rehabilitation & Survivorship
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    West Hollywood, CA
    Lynne PadgettCo-Chair: Lynne S. Padgett, PhD
    Strategic Director, Hospital Systems
    American Cancer Society


    NEW: Integrative Cancer Rehabilitation Task Force

    Integrative rehabilitation is an important and growing field.  This task force is committed to synthesizing and disseminating evidence-based best practices to navigate this heterogeneous field of medicine.  We look forward to introducing members to our task force at the 2016 ACRM Annual Conference. In the meantime, we are looking for collaborators, feedback and ideas from multiple disciplines.

     Ariana VoraCo-Chair: Ariana Vora, MD
    Instructor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School
    Boston, MA
     Diane RadfordCo-Chair: Diane Radford, MD
    Cleveland Clinic
    Cleveland, OH