Lollo named to new Siteman Cancer Center post

Trisha Lollo has been named vice president of cancer services for the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Her appointment to this newly created post is effective Oct. 3.

Lollo currently serves as associate administrator of oncology services for the University of California, San Diego Health System, where she oversees cancer clinical care at two hospital campuses and the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, which, like Siteman, is a National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. She previously held several positions at New York University Medical Center, including administrative director of the Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

“I’m delighted Trisha will be joining our oncology leadership team,” says Rich Liekweg, Barnes-Jewish Hospital president. “Having worked with her at the UC San Diego Health System, I’m confident she brings the right mix of skills to this position. Our patients and institutions are sure to benefit from her insight and direction.”

Siteman Director Timothy Eberlein, MD, adds, “Trisha’s operational expertise and experience is outstanding. She has an infectious enthusiasm and wonderful collaborative spirit. We will look to her to help Siteman reach a new level of accomplishment in the next decade.”

Eberlein also is head of the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine and the Bixby Professor of Surgery and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor.

Since Siteman received its first designation from the National Cancer Institute 10 years ago, the center has experienced dramatic growth. Today it is among the largest cancer centers in the country, treating more than 8,000 newly diagnosed patients a year. Facilities have expanded beyond a main campus at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis to include satellite locations in west St. Louis County and St. Charles County. A third location in south St. Louis County is set to open in early 2013.

This rapid growth led the leadership of the cancer center and its parent institutions – Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine – to review Siteman’s management structure. The new vice president position was created to enhance organizational effectiveness and promote integration among the many departments involved in the operation of the cancer center.

When she steps into the post, Lollo will be responsible for strategic planning, budgeting and operational improvements. She also will promote research collaborations across organizational boundaries and foster multidisciplinary care efforts within clinical programs. She will report to Liekweg and Eberlein.

In her role as an administrator, Lollo says she spends much of her time talking with patients, families and health-care providers about their experiences. She encourages feedback to help improve care delivery.

“Providing consistently well-coordinated, multidisciplinary care can be challenging in large academic medical settings, but it is essential for patient safety and satisfaction,” she says.

Lollo earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the State University of New York in Stony Brook and a master’s degree in public health from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Born and raised in Stony Brook on New York’s Long Island, she decided to pursue a career in hospital administration after shadowing the CEO of a large teaching hospital in Philadelphia during the senior year of her undergraduate career.

When she visited St. Louis to interview for the vice president position, Lollo says she was inspired by the vision and dedication of the leaders she met.

“Siteman Cancer Center has accomplished so much in a very short amount of time,” she says. “I look forward to partnering with staff and faculty members to build upon this remarkable success.”

Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation, currently ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.

Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center is the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center within a 240-mile radius of St. Louis. Siteman Cancer Center is composed of the combined cancer research and treatment programs of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.