Zabora_Jim_150Falls Church, VA – July 14, 2014 – Dr. James Zabora, Director of Research and Professional Development at Inova Life with Cancer, has been appointed Fellow and President-Elect by the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS).

The Fellowship recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the field of psychosocial oncology through proven leadership as well as publications and presentations. Zabora will serve a three-year term that starts with a year as president-elect, another as president and the final year as immediate-past president.

Dr. Zabora’s clinical and research experience has furthered Life with Cancer’s mission to provide patient-centered cancer care, and enable Life with Cancer to seek recognition as a national model of care for cancer patients and their family members in the United States, as the first and only model of cancer patient and caregiver support of its kind.

“The greatest challenge in the field of psychosocial oncology is the need to speak with one unified voice on behalf of psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, and pastoral counselors who attempt to meet the diverse needs of cancer survivors and their family members, said Zabora, “I am honored to accept this three-year appointment to see how I can enable APOS to address this challenge.”

Dr. James Zabora came to Inova after serving as Dean and Professor of Social Work at the National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) of The Catholic University of America (CUA) for 10 years. Prior to CUA, Dr. Zabora had a 20 year career at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As an administrator, he served as one of the five Associate Directors in the Comprehensive Cancer Center with a special focus on community programs and research. Along with Mr. Matthew Loscalzo, Dr. Zabora developed what was considered to be the best psychosocial services for cancer patients and their families in the United States. Currently, Dr. Zabora’s research continues to focus on cancer prevention and control, psychosocial screening, problem-solving education, and quality of life among cancer patients and their families.


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About APOS

The American Psychosocial Oncology Society was formed in 1986 to address the need for networking among the small numbers of professionals working in the psychosocial aspects of cancer. The organization was closely associated with the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine fora number of years, holding a scientific session at the Academy’s annual meeting. Over time, APOSdeveloped a constitution that provided independence for the organization, encouraged multidisciplinary membership and firmly established itself as the single national organization devoted solely to psychosocial care in cancer. Members come to work together from the fields of oncology, psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, counseling, therapy and patient advocacy to improve the psychosocial care of patients and their families.Learn more at

About Inova

Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that serves more than 2 million people each year from throughout the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond.  Inova is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient services and facilities, primary and specialty care practices, and health and wellness initiatives.

Inova encompasses the full array of health services, including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We are home to many nationally and internationally recognized programs, including Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI), and the Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute.

Inova is a global leader in developing and applying personalized health. Connecting researchers, clinicians and empowered consumers, we integrate genomic research for patient care, prevention and wellness. Our personalized health approach enables individuals to live longer, healthier lives.

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