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Angie Patterson

Vice President
Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education
Atlanta, Georgia

Angie Patterson is Vice President of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education, a non-profit organization working to improve the quality of cancer care in Georgia. She is also co-founder of Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia, the first statewide organization formed to connect people who guide individuals and their families throughout the cancer care continuum. In directing this program within Georgia CORE and managing several other of its initiatives, Ms. Patterson is focused on improving quality of care and outcomes for Georgia’s cancer patients and survivors through the implementation of patient navigation and survivorship programs. In her work, survivorship care is about healing the whole patient, not just eradicating cancer.

Ms. Patterson has been a member of Georgia’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan Steering Team since April 2006. She also serves on the steering teams for the Georgia Pain Initiative, Stop Childhood Cancer Alliance, and LIVESTRONG Survivorship Centers of Excellence Network. Most recently, she co-authored “Survivorship Navigation Outcome Measures: A Report From the ACS Patient Navigation Working Group on Survivorship Navigation.”

Having earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science at the University of Georgia, Ms. Patterson’s career initially focused on information technology. She worked for BellSouth for 17 years, starting as a programmer and eventually becoming the BellSouth Technology Group Director.

Ms. Patterson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, and in 2005, she made a career change to match her life change, accepting a position with what was then the Georgia Cancer Coalition. There, Ms. Patterson worked to unite government agencies, academic institutions, civic groups, corporations and health care organizations in a concerted effort to strengthen cancer prevention, research and treatment in Georgia.

Serving on the University of Georgia Computer Science Advisory Board, National Patient Advocate Foundation Elite Presidential Council, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta SurvivorLink Advisory Board, Ms. Patterson also volunteers at Northside Hospital’s Network of Hope, a group of breast cancer survivors who provide support for newly diagnosed women. She is married to Bruce Gunter and has a grown son pursuing his MBA at Georgia Tech.

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