DCI Welcomes New Assistant VP, Community Oncology, DUHS

October 14, 2016
By: Julie Poucher Harbin, Writer, DCI

Effective Oct. 3, David Nalepinski assumed the role of assistant vice president of Community Oncology, Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University Health System (DUHS).

“Cancer is a complex and progressive disease, often requiring resources from many parts of our healthcare system,” said Nalepinski. “From a patient perspective, this can be overwhelming.  As the Duke Cancer Institute continues to grow its services and locations beyond Durham, we have to ensure excellence in the areas of quality, safety, and clinical operations. Patients need access to comprehensive and well-coordinated subspecialized care, and to the ancillary and supportive care that ensures its success. I will help strengthen existing relationships, and create new relationships as needed. I will also serve as a resource for our care providers, so they can be a resource for our patients.”

Nalepinski served, for the past seven years, as director of the oncology service line at Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. There, he was responsible for the overall administrative leadership of 13 disease site groups as well as tumor boards, tumor registry, survivorship and supportive care services.

In his new role at Duke, Nalepinski will provide administrative leadership in support of community oncology initiatives for the DCI. In collaboration with entity leadership at all three hospitals and DCI physician, nursing and administrative leadership, he will manage, guide and support activities that ensure that outpatient and inpatient quality and safety excellence is available and delivered to the oncology population. He will also engage with and serve as a liaison to the Duke Cancer Network (DCN).

“David’s extensive experience in leading oncology efforts at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, which is located on their main campus in a remote area of New Hampshire with major population centers some distance away, will be tremendously helpful to the DCI as we continue to work toward integrating our academic and community activities more seamlessly,” said Lori Pickens, MHA, administrator, DCI, and associate vice President of oncology services for DUHS. “We are extraordinarily fortunate to have David as a member of our team.”

Nalepinski earned a master of science in health policy and clinical practice from Dartmouth College. In addition to directing the service line at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, he served in various other capacities at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for the past 13 years, including as practice manager, otolaryngology and audiology; regional practice manager, DHMC regional operations; practice manager, solid organ transplant surgery; and practice manager, vascular surgery. Previous to that he was division manager of gastrointestinal, tumor and endocrine surgery, and manager in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado and community director for the March of Dimes in Colorado Springs.