Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Joan August Named Vice President of Cedars-Sinai Cancer


Joan August, MS

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Joan August, MS, as vice president of Cedars-Sinai Cancer. In this new role, Joan will have responsibility for the successful development, implementation and advancement of integrated strategic and programmatic cancer initiatives across the health system in collaboration with Cedars-Sinai Cancer Director Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD.

Joan brings more than 30 years of professional healthcare experience to this new position. She is an accomplished leader known for developing and directing comprehensive business and clinical operations, assessing complex business problems, and finding innovative solutions and reaching consensus with diverse constituencies to achieve sustainable outcomes.

Joan was recruited to Cedars-Sinai in December 1996 as director of Rehabilitation and Post-Acute Care. Currently, she is vice president of Operations for the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Breast Health Center, as well as the departments of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Radiation Oncology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also has responsibility for Employee Health Services, the Center for the Undiagnosed Patient, the Women's Guild Lung Institute, the Procedure Center, the Bronchoscopy Laboratory, the Pulmonary Function Laboratory and the Ambulatory Infusion Center.

In her new role, Joan will continue to serve as the executive operations and academic leader for cancer services on the Cedars-Sinai campus. Her core responsibilities also will now include development of cancer services across the care continuum, patient access, network affiliations and regional strategies, as well as the integration of programmatic development across the Cedars-Sinai Cancer enterprise.

Joan will be accountable with other Cedars-Sinai Cancer leaders for the financial and operational performance of cancer services, ensuring alignment with strategic and system objectives. She will have oversight of the Cancer Clinical Trials Office to support and provide trials for affiliates.

The operational service lines that currently report to Joan will be redistributed among Senior Vice President Bryan Croft, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Rick Riggs, MD, and Vice President Jennifer Blaha. The transition will occur in early 2020. Further details will be forthcoming.

Please join us in congratulating Joan on her appointment to this important new position.

- Shlomo Melmed, MB, ChB
Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs, and Dean of the Medical Faculty

- Jeff Smith, MD, JD, MMM
Executive Vice President, Hospital Operations, and Chief Operating Officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

- John Jenrette, MD
Executive Vice President, Medical Network