Dr. James Zabora Joins Life with Cancer as Director; Implements Innovative Psychological Approach to Patient Care

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New Director Brings 30 Years of Social Work Experience to the Organization

Life with Cancer’s unique approach to total patient care is one that I truly believe in and hope to see adopted across more healthcare systems.

Today Life with Cancer, a community for cancer education and support, welcomes Dr. James Zabora as its new director. In this role, Dr. Zabora will be responsible for all psychological care for cancer patients and their families at Inova’s five hospitals, including its Children’s Hospital, and overseeing the myriad of mind and body wellness therapies offered by the organization. Dr. Zabora's significant clinical and research experience will further Life with Cancer's mission to provide patient-centered cancer care, and enable Life with Cancer to seek recognition as a national model of care for cancer patients and their family members in the United States, as the first and only model of cancer patient and caregiver support of its kind.

“Life with Cancer’s unique approach to total patient care is one that I truly believe in and hope to see adopted across more healthcare systems, which is one of the many reasons why this position interested me,” said Dr. Zabora. “I’d been looking to join an organization that treats patients with a blend of mind and body programs as I believe that’s the key to winning the battle over cancer, so I’m happy to be on board.”

Prior to joining the Life with Cancer team, Dr. Zabora was dean and professor of social work at the Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS). Under his leadership as dean, the NCSSS doubled its enrollment and revenue, and received numerous distinctions for its commitment to social work education.

Dr. John Niederhuber, former director of the National Cancer Institute, sees the addition of Dr. Zabora as a major step toward achieving Inova’s mission of providing patient-centered cancer care to anyone who needs it. Notes Dr. Niederhuber, “Jim brings the highest level of expertise in clinical care and scholarship to what we hope to provide to cancer patients and their families in Northern Virginia—and that is a holistic and comprehensive approach to cancer treatment.”

Dr. Zabora earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Loyola College in Maryland, and received his Ph.D. in social sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He has been honored with numerous awards for his work in the social service field from organizations such as the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, the Society for Social Work Leadership, and the University of Maryland, as well as induction into the National Association of Social Workers’ Social Work Pioneers Program.

About Life with Cancer
Life with Cancer™ is part of Northern Virginia’s Inova Health System. The organization’s goal is to enhance the quality of life for those affected by cancer by providing education, information, and support completely free of charge, regardless of where treatment is received. Life with Cancer provides a unique approach to cancer education and support with both full-time Oncology Certified Nurses and Licensed Clinical Social Workers on staff. From diagnosis to survivorship, Life with Cancer offers those affected by cancer more than 60 different programs a month, including nutrition, exercise, support, education, and a variety of complimentary therapies, like Yoga, Reiki, meditation, and expressive arts. To learn more or make a donation, visit: http://www.lifewithcancer.org/index.php

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