To promote the utilization of
Physician Assistants in the delivery
of exceptional care to people with cancer and related disorders

APAO Award
On May 15, 2016, the APAO was recognized at the AAPA Conference with the AAPA Constituent Organization Outreach & Advocacy Award for Growing the PA Profession!

The APAO received this recognition for the inaugural Capitol Hill Day which took place on September 18, 2015, as part of the APAO's 18th Annual CME Conference.

Members of the APAO's Board of Directors (L->R) Richard Lindsay, Eric Tetzlaff, Jeremy Heinerich, and Heather Hylton were present to receive the award.

Member Engagement:


The strength and future of the APAO depends upon dedicated members!
Please consider volunteering your time and talents to APAO projects, efforts, or committees! You can make a difference with APAO while building your network of contacts, strengthening your resume and qualifications, and helping to promote the oncology PA profession and ultimately improving patient care.


Would you please consider joining our APAO volunteer workforce? Click here to get involved.

The 2016 APAO Scholarship is now available for PA students!

  • Up to $2,500 will be awarded to a deserving PA student with a strong interest in pursuing a career in oncology
  • Must be an AAPA member (or applicant) and enrolled in a ARC-PA-accredited program
  • Minimum GPA is 3.0 (or PASS/FAIL equivalent)
  • Click here for application details and a comprehensive list of eligibility criteria
  • Deadline: April 25, 2016

For questions/additional information, please E-mail Holly Ricker, PA-C at scholarships@apao.cc


The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has announced a new certificate program designed for advanced practitioners entering oncology care settings. This series of courses was developed in partnership with the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology (APAO), Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO), Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), and Meniscus Educational Institute (MEI) and is available on ASCO University® here:   Advanced Practitioner Certificate Programs for Oncology

APAO's Inaugural Hill Day Featured in AAPA PA Professional Magazine.

Click Here
to read the article.

Congratulation to the 2015 APAO Scholarship Winner!

Maria Gargano grew up in Connecticut and attended Providence College where she studied Biology. Maria was first exposed to the field of oncology during the summer of 2006 as an undergraduate. She interned at the Yale Cancer Center conducting lab research on breast cancer cell lines. It was not until she shadowed in clinic that she felt a calling to care for oncology patients. Upon graduating from Providence College, Maria continued to work in oncology as a Research Coordinator and Clinical Research Manager at the Melanoma Disease Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During her five years at DFCI, Maria managed numerous complex multi-center Phase I and Phase II trials. There she co-authored three publications on melanoma therapy, as well as participated in the development of several American Society of Clinical Oncology abstracts and data presentations. Maria stated, “My experience with oncology patients has inspired and shaped my life in many ways, but none more significant than motivating me to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant.” Most recently, Maria has applied and been accepted to perform her final elective PA Program rotation at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This experience will enable her to further learn and apply her newfound knowledge and skills as a future oncology PA. After graduating PA school, she hopes to return to DFCI and push forward the role of PAs in Oncology through research and patient care.
APAO Scholrship



The Focus Under Forty™ Curriculum

Each year, more than 70,000 adolescents and young adults are diagnosed with cancer.  Get tips and tools on how to address the specific needs of this patient population, which often get overlooked.
APAO has partnered with Livestrong and ASCO University® to bring you this series of free, CME-accredited, eLearning activities aimed specifically at caring for patients between the ages of 15-39.

Curriculum Includes Courses on:

  • Cancer Care
  • Clinical Trials
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Role of the Primary Care Physician in Cancer Care
  • Fertility Preservation Issues in Females
  • Fertility Preservation Issues in Males
  • Melanoma
  • Supportive Care
  • Survivorship

For more information, please click here.  

For more information about other collaborative efforts with ASCO, please click here.

Become an APAO Volunteer

The following committees represent some key initiatives in helping APAO expand our membership, increase our services, and reach our goals.

  1. Membership
  2. Professional Practice Network (Hospital/ Academic Center and Community Oncology Network)
  3. Education/ CME
  4. Website/ Newsletter
  5. National Advocacy and Legislation 
  6. Student Outreach and Scholarship
  7. Conference Planning

Would you please consider joining our APAO volunteer workforce?  Click here for more information.

Other volunteer opportunities may include serving as an APAO liaison to other oncology groups. If you are interested in volunteering in any of the above committees, or even other areas not listed, please contact us, or contact the APAO committee chair.

We look forward to your participation and continued involvement with the APAO!


Evgeny Mikler, PA-C

APAO President 2014 - 2015