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Collaboration Impact

Ingrid Lizarraga, MBBS and Mary Charlton, PhD collaborate on several projects to improve access to high quality cancer care for rural Iowans. Ingrid Lizarraga is a breast surgeon and State Chair of Iowa for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.  Mary Charlton is an epidemiologist and health services researcher and directs the statewide Iowa Cancer Registry.  The strength of their work has been in bringing together a team of University of Iowa researchers and clinicians with disparate expertise, skills and life experience to help address rural cancer disparities in Iowa. They have formed the Iowa Rural Cancer Collaboratory whose mission is to optimize outcomes for rural Iowans across the cancer control spectrum from prevention and screening through treatment and survivorship.