Currently Dr. Diperna leads the Oncology Service Line for the Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento Region. His interest is in developing and implementing new healthcare technologies, specifically surgical devices and diagnostics, as well as digital healthcare initiatives and systematic precision medicine and molecular profiling algorithms. He graduated with honors from Mount Sinai School Of Medicine Of City University Of New York in 1998. Having more than 21 years of diverse experiences, especially in thoracic surgery, general surgery, Dr. Costanzo Diperna affiliates with many hospitals including Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in medical group Dignity Health Medical Foundation.
The vast majority of patients with cancer in the U.S. are treated at community hospitals and practices. It is therefore paramount that precision medicine oncology technologies that are rapidly becoming the standard of care for patients with advanced cancer be available to these facilities. Not only is there a delivery issue, there is a need to encourage the widespread uptake of precision genomics by community oncology practices. This will not only facilitate potentially better patient care but also aid in recruiting patients to clinical trials. However, considerable challenges exist in implementing a precision medicine programs, including administrative, logistic, and financial barriers. This session will feature community hospital representatives that will discuss their institution's experience and challenges with implementing precision medicine programs.