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Cat Taylor, AVP for Oncology Services at South Nassau, Named One of Long Island’s ‘Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business’

Cat Taylor, assistant vice president for Oncology Services at South Nassau Communities Hospital, has been named to Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business. Launched in 2000, the award recognizes the significant contributions of women professionals throughout Long Island. Awardees are selected by a panel of business and community leaders based on the nominee’s business acumen, mentoring and community involvement.

Under Ms. Taylor’s leadership, South Nassau’s Cancer Program has grown to provide a continuity of cancer care that exceeds many larger cancer centers. . The program features a multidisciplinary team of world-class medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists. They work together and use an array of advanced diagnostic, medical, radiation, and surgical oncology technologies and treatments to provide evaluation and therapy for a wide range of cancers, both common and rare. The program is the only one on Long Island with the combination of the Varian Novalis Tx™, da Vinci® Surgical System and Gamma Knife®.

In addition to its Cancer Center in Valley Stream, the Cancer Program incorporates the following specialty cancer care services:

  • South Nassau’s GYN Oncology Department (Valley Stream)
  • South Nassau’s Long Island Gamma Knife® Center (Oceanside)
  • South Nassau’s Center for Prostate Health Program (Oceanside/Valley Stream)
  • South Nassau’s Center for Breast Health (Valley Stream)
  • South Nassau’s Center for Lung Health (Oceanside)
  • South Nassau’s Radiation Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream)
  • South Nassau’s Surgical Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream)
  • Complete Women’s Imaging Center (Oceanside)
  • South Nassau’s PET/CT Service (Oceanside)
  • Office of Clinical Research (Valley Stream)

As assistant vice president, Ms. Taylor is responsible for the full range of oncology services provided throughout the hospital’s facilities in Nassau County. In conjunction with the Medical Director of the Cancer Program, she leads all facets of the oncology program, including radiation oncology, surgical oncology, thoracic oncology, urologic oncology, breast imaging and surgery, GYN oncology, psychosocial services, cancer screening programs, the Cancer Registry, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accreditation and supportive care programs.

Recognizing the importance of community involvement, Ms. Taylor volunteers with many LI organizations promoting cancer awareness and education. These include the Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition, LI2Day, Find A Cure Today, LICruizin for A Cure and the American Cancer Society. In 2009, she was recognized by 1-in-9 Hewlett House as a symbol of hope and named a “Woman of Distinction.” She has been a frequent speaker at church groups, community meetings and senior centers on cancer-related topics and has organized numerous annual cancer screening events.

Ms. Taylor has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Cancer Executives, is an active member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers and is a member of the NYS Cancer Consortium. She has published in Oncology Issues, ACE Bulletin and The Cancer Journal, among others. She holds a BS and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

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