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

CONGRATULATIONS to Heather Hylton, PA-C, DFAAPA, on her appointment as the AAPA liaison to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for a term that begins immediately and ends June 30, 2018. Heather’s role as a medical liaison to ASCO is critical to helping AAPA realize its vision for the profession – PAs transforming health through patient-centered, team-based medical practice


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.

Outreach 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.

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to read the article.

Congratulation to the 2016 APAO Scholarship Winners!

Dr. Sreenath Shanker received his PhD from Delhi University in India and moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue his postdoctoral studies. His research interests shifted to cancer biology when he moved to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, in 2003 as a post-doctoral fellow and subsequently joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis as a research specialist. During his tenure at two of the world’s best cancer centers, Dr. Shanker published more than 15 research articles in top scientific journals and presented his work at multiple international conferences. Working at these institutes also gave him the opportunityto volunteerhis time with cancer patients and get an up-close look at their unique needs in their struggle with this devastating disease.

The turning point in his life came when he met a 2-year-old boy Sid, who was battling a brain tumor at St. Jude. The long hours spent with Sid and his family made him realize that caring for patients in their hour of need was his true calling. This motivated him to give up his research career and join the Physician Assistant program at Christian Brothers University, Memphis to learn medicine. During his clinical training, Dr. Shankerfocused on his interest in oncologyby optingfor rotations in hematology- oncology and gynecology-oncology surgery and rounded it off with a much sought-after rotation in stem cell transplantation at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Shanker’s experience asa cancer researchergives him a better understanding of the disease process and thusprovide better care to his patients. He strongly believes that an empathetic and knowledgeable provider is the cornerstone of a patient’s battle with cancer. He now aims to learn the art of practicing good medicine and return to make a change in the life of cancer patients.
APAO Scholrship

From a young age, Marsha has had an interest in oncology, which lead to her participation in a Mesothelioma research project at Barbara Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan, as a sophomore in high school. This exposure, into the field of science and research, only seemed to ignite her curiosities and while completing her Bachelors degree at Oakland University as she focused her attention on potential cancer cell motility targets as a research assistant. Raised by a single parent household, Marsha was the first in her family, both immediate and extended, to pursue a career in science and medicine. She would go on to complete a Masters in Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan, where she investigated the role of Notch Signaling in the onset and progression of pancreatic cancer. Her dedication and drive landed her a seat at Stony Brook University, where Marsha has been an advocate for the future of our profession when she is not immersed in her studies. One of her many long-term goals includes “having the opportunity to conduct meaningful oncologic research, while delivering high-quality healthcare” to her patients. Her connection to oncology is a personal one and she hopes to spend the rest of her life focused on improving the outcomes for her patients as a researcher, clinician, and future educator.
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