Clinical Medical Director, N.C. Cancer Hospital; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Cancer Prevention and Control
Gastrointestinal Oncology Programs
Area of Interest
I am a gastrointestinal medical oncologist and clinical researcher. My primary academic focus is on improving the quality of cancer care delivery. I approach this goal through health services research and through leading value and quality initiatives at the UNC Health System. I serve as the Clinic Medical Director for outpatient cancer services at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital, working closely with hospital administration to improve the quality of care we deliver from the patient and provider perspective.
I am also a clinical trialist and have served as the principal investigator on a number of industry, cooperative and investigator initiated clinical trials. I am an active member the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, serving on multiple Alliance committees (GI Committee and the Alliance-ACS Cancer Care Delivery Research Committee), the GI Colon Cancer Trials Working Group, and as the Alliance Representative to the Colon Task Force of the NCI GI Steering Committee. In addition to mentoring multiple trainees and junior faculty, I am the Program Director of our Paul Calabresi K12 institutional career development award.
Awards and Honors
- 2016-2019: UNC Health Care and Faculty Physicians Carolina Care Excellence Leader
- 2017: Recognition, UpToDate Best Authors in Oncology
- 2013-2018: Best Doctors in America
- 2010: America’s Top Doctor, Castle Connolly/ US News & World Report
COVID-19 safeguard makes a difficult conversation even harder
In an essay published in JAMA Oncology, Hanna Sanoff, MD, MPH, said she was unprepared to discuss death and dying with patients via web conferencing or the telephone.
Sanoff co-authors viewpoint in JAMA Oncology
The viewpoint detailed strategies for expanding the concept of precision oncology beyond tailored drug delivery to include other aspects of health care.