Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

Patient and Family Advisory Council

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At Simmons Cancer Center, we build cancer care around the wide-ranging needs of our patients and their caregivers. The Patient and Family Advisory Council was created and developed with generous support from Kim and Jeff Chapman to identify and address patients’ needs and ensure the highest level of comprehensive, compassionate care.

To achieve this goal, we conduct regular listening sessions with patients and families who serve on the council. Members share their views on all aspects of the cancer journey. Their input guides our efforts to create an uplifting care environment, offer patient-centered services, and enable access to clinical trials.

The council functions as a highly engaged and strategic partner to:

  • Identify gaps in the patient care experience
  • Support patients and their families in becoming informed advocates for their care
  • Initiate ideas for policies, programs, projects, and services within patient care
  • Provide ongoing opportunities to hear the voices, experiences, and perspectives of patients and their families

“The Patient and Family Advisory Council means a lot to me because it provides me an outlet to share my story with hospital leaders and to be a voice for patients and their advocates. One of the most important advancements in cancer care has been the empowerment of advocates, case managers, and support structures for those going through the cancer journey.”

– Peter Smith, Member


Kim Chapman, Founder

John Sweetenham, M.D., SCCC Associate Director of Clinical Affairs

Kyle A. Taylor, M.H.S.A., CPHQ, SCCC Associate Vice President of Clinical Programs

Judy Devlin, M.S.N., APRN, ANP-C, AOCNP

Alex Huffman, LCSW, OSW-C, Support Services Manager

Patient and Family Advisory Council Members

Vicky Binder

Barry Brier

Jay Carter

Kim Chapman

Roberto Cowan

Janet Edwards

Donna Fernandez

Mary Ellen Garland

Linda Garner

Erika Graham

Terry Hart

Candace Hupp

Sharie Kimball

Jennifer King

Mike Land

Maritza Figy-Manzanares

Reema Patel

Tamara Pearson

Leslie Pennebaker

Shaun Robbins

Gregg Shultz

Peter Smith

Sam Snow

Rachel Walker

Misty Woodhall

Zach Weismann

Get Involved

Anyone interested in joining the Patient and Family Advisory Council is asked to complete the application and submit it to SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu.

For questions or more information, please contact Alex Huffman at SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu.