Intuitively Designing Clinical Trials to Empower Patients With Ishwaria Subbiah, MD

At this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, Dr. Ishwaria Subbiah, Medical Director of Supportive Care Oncology, Health Equity, and Professional Well-Being at Sarah Cannon Research Institute, presented two posters entitled Clinical Trial Participation and End-of-Life Care Among Older Adults and 5-Year Multicenter Analysis of Clinical Trial Participation and Total Cost of Care for Older Adults With Cancer.

In this interview, she delves further into these topics, including:

  • Cost-related barriers surrounding clinical trial enrollment
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s Oncology Care Model and how it aims to enhance quality of care and reduce costs
  • Her research investigating factors that impact shared decision making about clinical trial participation
  • Next steps for further integrating access to clinical trials, evidence-based supportive, and palliative care in a scalable and sustainable model of patient-centered cancer care
  • And more!

About Dr. Subbiah

Ishwaria Subbiah, MD, is the Medical Director of Supportive Care Oncology, Health Equity, and Professional Well-Being at Sarah Cannon Research Institute and the US Oncology Network. She is a globally recognized expert in geriatric oncology, symptom management, palliative care, and well-being for healthcare professionals. At Sarah Cannon, Dr. Subbiah leads programs focused on patient and clinical workplace experiences, with a goal of reducing cancer outcomes disparities and diversifying clinical trial participation in their research network of more than 1,300 physicians at over 250 locations across the US. In addition, she serves as Chair of the ASCO Women in Oncology Working Group and Chair of the ASCO State of Cancer Care in America Initiative.

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