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Nancy McCormick, RN, BSN

Thoracic Oncology Nurse Navigator

Nancy McCormick received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina in 1999. Shortly after receiving her degree, Nancy relocated to the Atlanta area and joined the Hematology/Oncology team at Emory University Hospital for six years. Her primary focus was caring for patients with hematological disorders, primarily patients who were newly diagnosed with acute leukemia and lymphoma.

After several years caring for patients in the inpatient setting, Nancy joined the research team at Georgia Cancer Specialists as an Oncology Research Coordinator. She focused on coordinating care for oncology patients participating in Phase I, II, and III clinical trials. Nancy also worked as an oncology staff nurse in the same private practice.

In 2011 Nancy joined the Thoracic Oncology team at Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. She navigated patients with chest malignancies, newly diagnosed and those interested in clinical trials. Nancy was also involved in establishing Winship’s first multidisciplinary lung cancer clinic at Emory University Hospital Midtown, the TOTAL Clinic (Thoracic Oncology Treatment and Long Term Care Lung Clinic). Nancy coordinated appointments for lung cancer patients and patients were able to see up to four lung cancer specialists in one setting and one trip: thoracic surgeon; interventional pulmonologist; medical oncologist; and radiation oncologist. Patients were also able to consult with supportive services, including dietitians and social services, at the same visit and setting.

Nancy joined Gwinnett Medical Center Cancer Institute in December, 2013 as the Cancer Institute’s first Thoracic Oncology Nurse Navigator. She helps guide patients with chest malignancies through the complex health care system, provides education, identifies needs, provides emotional support, and connects patients with supportive services. Nancy helped establish the CT Lung Screening Program and was instrumental in the program receiving designation as a Lung Cancer Alliance as a Center of Excellence. As a Lung Screening Center of Excellence, the Cancer Institute is committed to offering a high quality screening program. Nancy coordinates the multidisciplinary lung cancer screening conferences and provides results of the screening scans to patients and physicians.

Nancy also provides lung cancer education, smoking cessation resources, CT Lung screening to the community and community events. Nancy is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators.