About Dr. Dugan
Dr. Dugan is on the clinical teaching faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine, is past national president of the Association of Community Cancer Centers and was on the national board of directors of and served as past president of the Indiana Division of the American Cancer Society. He has also testified before Congress in Washington, D.C. on various cancer issues. Dr. Dugan has been voted by his peers as both a local and national Top Doctor. He received the prestigious National Rural Health Association’s “Rural Practitioner of the Year” Award, the Indiana Rural Health Association’s “Doc Hollywood” Award and a Sagamore of the Wabash appointment. He also was presented the very first Health Care Hero Award by the Indianapolis Business Journal.
Dr. Dugan practiced at Methodist Hospital’s cancer program for more than 40 years and has been practicing at Community Health Network’s Cancer Center since 2002.
Dr. Dugan co-founded Indiana Community Cancer Care in 1983 – a private health care organization that partnered with more than 20 rural and underserved hospitals across Indiana to provide them with cancer care and programming – without reliance on oncology drug revenue or federal or private grants. This enabled cancer patients in rural areas to receive the latest medical oncology/hematology treatments right in their own communities, without having to travel to hospitals in larger cities. Today, because of his unique vision, cancer patients in many rural and underserved communities throughout the state have access to cutting-edge cancer programs at their local hospitals that include:
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Prevention and detection initiatives
- Symptom management intervention
- Quality-of-life programming
- Patient access to research protocols
- Hospital oncology reimbursement training
- Cancer registry services
- Continuing education for local physicians and nurses
Dr. Dugan and his staff worked together with 11 rural hospitals in Indiana to help them earn their American College of Surgeons – Commission on Cancer accreditation. This is a national gold standard in cancer care.
Wabash County Hospital was the first to join the Indiana Community Cancer Care program network, and Dr. Dugan continues to practice there today.
Dr. Dugan has a strong commitment to research and led a nationally recognized landmark study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in 1999 relative to depressive symptoms in cancer patients. He was also instrumental in the inception of a quality-of-life symptom assessment screening research pilot project led by Community Care in conjunction with an affiliate of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. The goal of the pilot was to integrate a scientifically valid, internet assisted assessment process into the routine, daily care of cancer patients. It enabled patients to report their symptoms by answering questions via telephone or via computer connected to the Internet in their home or at the cancer clinic.
Dr. Dugan has also participated in many other clinical research trials and has written numerous articles and abstracts that have been published in books and peer-review publications.