Leadership

Rose B. Gerber

Director of Patient Advocacy

Rose Gerber is a nationally recognized cancer advocate and cancer survivor. Her experience includes appearing on national television (MSNBC) to speak about cancer care, meeting with legislators in Washington, DC on cancer policy issues, and developing cancer programs. Rose was brought to the COA team to develop its patient advocacy program. One of her first accomplishments was to add an advocacy track to the annual conference, making the meeting one of the few that brings together physicians, administrators and advocates. She serves as an invited member on national patient advocate panels, steering committees, and cancer coalitions. Rose has also served as a consumer reviewer on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs – Department of Defense Breast Cancer research panels.

Rose is a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s esteemed Project Lead programs: Science Institute, Clinical Trials, and Quality Care. Rose has been the featured cancer survivor for various cancer organizations media campaigns and the advocacy keynote speaker at conferences including the National Women’s Survivors Convention.

Rose served for five years as a grant reviewer, speaker, and educator for Susan G. Komen and additionally, she co-founded and managed a breast cancer-mentoring program for a community oncology practice in Connecticut. Working alongside community health workers and nurses, Rose also gained an understanding of disparities in health care. Rose taught breast health education to diverse populations including Muslims, Haitians, Asians, Hispanics, African Americans, and young mothers.

A young mother with small children when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Rose applies her personal experience as a cancer survivor, in combination with her educational degrees in advertising/public relations and psychology, towards her advocacy work. Prior to her advocacy work, Rose worked for NBC-TV in Los Angeles.

Erin Dunbar, M.D.

CPAN Medical Co-Chair

Dr. Erin DunbarErin Dunbar, M.D. specializes in the comprehensive care of brain tumor patients. She earned her medical degree from the University of Florida. She completed her internal medicine residency and her medical oncology fellowship at the University of Florida. She completed a dedicated neuro-oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Most recently, she completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center located in Gainesville, Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Florida State University.

Prior to joining Piedmont Physicians, Dr. Dunbar co-directed the Preston A. Wells, Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy at the University of Florida. She is an active member the following academic societies where she is involved in the care of primary and metastatic brain and spinal tumors, including the Society of Neuro-Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Academy of Neurology, and the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology. She is an active clinical researcher and collaborates with other institutions, consortia, and industry.

Dr. Dunbar is committed to providing the highest level of compassionate care to patients, caregivers and referring physicians. This is exemplified by her active involvement in clinical trials as well as numerous educational and support services. This is also exemplified by her service in organizations dedicated to the advocacy and education of cancer patients — as well as the clinicians who serve them, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Community Oncology Alliance. Her hobbies include running and traveling with friends and family.

Rick Frame

Medical Chairman CPAN, Emeritus

Rick Frame

Dr. Frame had early exposure to medicine through his father, Dr. Boy Frame. It was through patient telephone calls that Dr. Frame received his first education in how to talk to difficult, sick and challenging patients, a lesson he never forgot. After completing his undergraduate degree at Kalamazoo College, Dr. Frame trained for medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit. After graduating medical school as the youngest in his class, Dr. Richard Frame trained at Henry Ford Hospital under the guidance and direction of his father for four years, the last as Chief Resident.

It was on his first rotation in his internship where Dr. Frame served on the Oncology ward. It was there that he developed an interest and passion in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients. Dr. Frame gravitated to and thrived on helping complex and challenging cancer patients and their families.After Internship Residency and Chief Residency, Dr. Frame moved to Salt Lake City where he received his Oncology Fellowship at the University of Utah in 1987. Outdoor activities of skiing, fishing, rock climbing and motorcycle riding were also part of his decision.

During his professional career, Dr. Frame has worked in several Oncology practices in and around Salt Lake City. It was there that his passion for helping cancer patients both in and out of the office developed. Dr. Frame served as President of the American Cancer Society, Utah Division for two years. His primary emphasis during that time was in patient services such as Cancer Support Groups, Road to Recovery and Look-Good Feel-Better programs.

Dr. Frame was the first physician in Utah to participate with a men’s cancer fishing retreat called Reel Recovery. Two or three times a year, Dr. Frame and other doctors from his practice take a dozen men cancer patients fly fishing at a retreat in Central Utah. During these retreats, men have an opportunity to share their feelings and open up in ways that are not always possible in an exam room. While some would say it is just another excuse for Dr. Frame to go fishing, many of the men who returned from these retreats say it was the best experience of their lives! Dr. Frame has been with Utah Cancer Specialists in Salt Lake City, Utah since 2002, where he serves as a practice partner. Dr. Frame was a founding member of the Men’s Cancer Support Group at Utah Cancer Specialists. Dr. Frame served medical missions with primary focus on cancer patient care in Australia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

He was invited to serve on the Community Oncology Alliance Board of Directors in 2007. There, Dr. Frame was chosen as the medical chair person for CPAN (Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network). Here Dr. Frame is taking his patient advocacy experience to the next level. He hopes to educate patients and their community oncology cancer practices about the severe challenges ahead for all those concerned about cancer care. His primary focus is to provide as much cancer treatment for all cancer patients as possible.