Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group (CRNG)



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ABOUT the Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group (CRNG)

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


2018 Call for Proposals

The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas.



CRNG Needs Your Feedback

As the Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group prepares to submit proposals for presentations and special speakers at the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference, they would appreciate your feedback on the following topics. Please contact co-chairs, Julie Silver and Vish Raj.

  • Were there any specific lectures, symposia, or workshops at this year’s conference that you think would be valuable to repeat in 2018?
  • What topics are important to address next year?
  • Are there any speakers that you would recommend for a special lectureship in cancer rehabilitation?



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 >>


Nicole Stout

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 2017 Excellence in Cancer Rehabilitation Award recognizes Nicole L. Stout, DPT, CLT-LANA, FAPTA, 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 Atlanta.


Dr. Stout is a renowned health care researcher, consultant, educator, and advocate.  She is the chief executive officer of 3e Services, an information technology consulting firm where she serves as a medical affairs consultant for biotech and health care wearable firms.  Additionally, she supports the Office of Strategic Research at the National Institutes of Health, Rehabilitation Medicine Department leading the Cancer Rehabilitation Initiative.

Dr. Stout is an internationally recognized expert and leader in cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema. She has given over 200 lectures nationally and internationally, authored and co-authored over 50 peer-review and invited publications, several book chapters, and is the co-author of the book 100 Questions and Answers about Lymphedema. Her research publications have been foundational in developing the Prospective Surveillance Model for breast cancer rehabilitation and supporting national initiatives in cancer rehabilitation.

Dr. Stout is the recipient of numerous research and publication awards. She has received service awards from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the Navy Surgeon General, and the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and was recently selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.


2016:  Lynn H. Gerber

2015:  Andrea Cheville, MD, MSCE


Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group Distinguished Lecturer Award

Michael StubblefieldThe 2017 Distinguished Lecturer in Cancer Rehabilitation & Survivorship Care is Michael D. Stubblefield, MD. This award recognizes the important contributions he has made to the advancement of oncology care. Dr. Stubblefield will present, The Past, Present, and Future of Cancer Rehabilitation, at the ACRM Annual Conference in Atlanta. Learn More >>


2016: Gail L. Gamble, MD


Cancer Networking Group Posters Awards


Cancer Rehab Networking Group Best Poster Award

Timothy Marshall (left) receives certificate from CRNG Co-Chair, Vish Raj

Best Scientific Poster in Cancer Rehabilitation

Effects of Exercise on Perceived Barriers and Benefits of Exercise by Cancer Survivors Post Treatment
Timothy Marshall


Mary Fisher

Mary Fisher

 New Investigator Poster Award in Cancer Rehabilitation

Perceived Stress Levels May Impact Upper Extremity Function Among Women Treated for Breast Cancer
Mary Fisher



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Julie SilverCo-Chair
Julie Silver, MD
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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Vish RajCo-Chair
Vish Raj, MD
Vice-Chair of Clinical Operation, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Associate Medical Director and Director of Oncology Rehabilitation
Carolinas Rehabilitation
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Brent BravemanSecretary

Brent Braveman, PhD OTR/L FAOTA
Director of Rehabilitation Services
MD Anderson Cancer Center
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Ashish KhannaCommunications Officer

Ashish Khanna, MD
Attending Physician
Department of Cancer Rehabilitation
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation & ReVital Program


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.



ACRM: Cancer Networking Group Education Task Force

Nicole StoutCo-Chair: Nicole Stout, DPT, CLT-LANA, FAPTA

Rehabilitation Medicine Department, Clinical Center
National Institutes of Health
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Sara Christensen HolzCo-Chair: Sara Christensen Holz, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

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.

Want to participate? Contact the chair to learn more!

ACRM: Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group Outcomes & Research Task Force

Jack FuCo-Chair: Jack Fu, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Palliative Care & Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Kathleen LyonsCo-Chair: Kathleen Lyons, ScD, OTR/L
Research Assistant Professor, Scientist
Dartmouth College

Timothy MarshallChair-Elect: Tim Marshall, PhD, MS, ACSM/ACS-CET
Assistant Professor
Kean University
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The current project of the ACRM Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group's Outcomes & Research Task Force is an agenda-setting paper detailing the growth and development of palliative care and using that history to guide the development and growth of cancer rehabilitation research and practice.

In our previous project, our group worked with the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute to obtain consensus to develop a cancer support services screening tool for cancer survivors.  The project used the NCI’s Grid Enabled Measures website to seek expert feedback from a variety of cancer support services including rehabilitation on existing patient reported screeners. The study is being submitted for publication.

Our group's original project was a Delphi survey study regarding cancer rehabilitation research priorities for older patients. The group reached out to Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group members to find experts to participate in this study, which consisted of a series of three short surveys. The study was published in the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Lyons, K.D., Radomski, M.V., Alfano, C., Finkelstein, M., Sleight, A., Marshall, T., McKenna, R., & Fu, J. (2017). A Delphi Study to Determine Rehabilitation Research Priorities for Older Adults with Cancer. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 38(5), 904-914. PMID: 28007446 ).

ACRM Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group Quality of Life Task Force

Rebecca KirchCo-Chair: Rebecca A. Kirch, JD
Executive Vice President, Healthcare Quality and Value
National Patient Advocate Foundation
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Terrence PughCo-Chair: Terrence Pugh, MD
Assistant Professor/Faculty Physician
Carolinas Rehabilitation and Carolinas Medical Center

The Quality of Life and Person-Centered Care Task Force is an interdisciplinary team that focuses on advancing person-centered practices, policies and evidence to improve quality of life and care experiences for cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers.  Through educational initiatives and publications emphasizing skilled communication, symptom management and maximization of function, our task force seeks to expand awareness about the value of rehabilitation and person-centered palliative care principles as an integral parts of high quality oncology practice. We are currently working on developing a fact sheet series and educational curricula featuring information, evidence and resources that can help emerging and existing oncology rehabilitation programs build and expand their services to help put people at the heart of health care.

Lynne PadgettCo-Chair: Lynne S. Padgett, PhD

Strategic Director, Hospital Systems
American Cancer Society
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Kathleen Van DykCo-Chair: Kathleen Van Dyk, PhD
Clinical Instructor
UCLA, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cancer Prevention & Control Research
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This new Oncology Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force is committed to bringing terrific cognitive rehabilitation content to ACRM members! Watch for educational courses at the 2018 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.

Want to participate? Contact the co-chairs to learn more.


  • Information/Education Page (I/EP) published in December Archives
  • Preparing educational submission for publication in a community oncology publication
  • Preparing submission for our third Annual Conference symposium focused on the multidisciplinary aspects of treating cancer-related cognitive impairment

Project in Development:

  • We are exploring a collaborative project with ACCC under the guidance of Lynne S. Padgett

ACRM Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group Integrative Cancer Rehabilitation Task Force

Ariana VoraCo-Chair: Ariana Vora, MD
Staff Physiatrist
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
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Diane RadfordCo-Chair: Diane Radford, MD
Staff Breast Surgeon
Cleveland Clinic
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Tiffany CheungCommunications Officer: Tiffany Cheung
MS4, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Integrative rehabilitation is an important and growing field.  This Integrative Cancer Rehabilitation Task Force is committed to synthesizing and disseminating evidence-based best practices to navigate this heterogeneous field of medicine.  First introduced to the ACRM community at the ACRM 2016 annual meeting, the Task Force continues to inform and educate. We welcome introducing members to our Task Force at each ACRM Annual Conference. In the meantime, we are looking for collaborators, feedback and ideas from multiple disciplines.

Want to participate? Contact the co-chairs to learn more!