Whidbey General Hospital

Cancer Committee

The Cancer Committee is a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, patient care and support staff that collaborates with patients and family members to help them meet their treatment goals.


Committee Chairman
John Hoyt, MD – Pathology, Northwest Pathology

American College of Surgeons Liaison Physician
Amy Picco, DO – Family Practice, South Whidbey Healthcare

Cancer Program Manager
Renee Yanke, ARNP, MN, AOCN, Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse – Medical Ambulatory Care/Oncology Manager, Whidbey General

    • Xiaowen “Wendy” Wang, MD, PhD – Medical Oncology, Providence Regional Cancer Partnership
    • Robert Hawkins, MD - Medical Director, Whidbey General Diagnostic Imaging
    • David Kantorowitz, MD, PhD – Radiation Oncology, Skagit Valley Medical Center
    • Nick Muff, MD – Radiation Oncology, United General Hospital
    • William Wisbeck, MD – Radiation Oncology, Providence Regional Cancer Partnership
    • Steve Adam, MD – Radiation Oncology, Providence Regional Cancer Partnership
    • Robert Burnett, MD – OB/GYN, Island Women’s Healthcare
    • Benjamin Hu, MD – Urology, Whidbey Island Urology Clinic
    • Dan Fisher, MD – Internal Medicine, Coupeville Clinic
    • Susan Johnston, CTR – Cancer Registrar, Whidbey General
    • Carla Jolley, ARNP, MN, AOCN, CHPN, Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse – Home Health Care, Whidbey General
    • Linda Gibson, PhD, RN, MSN, MBA, CLNC, NEA-BC – Chief Nursing Officer, Whidbey General
    • Lori Taylor, MA, MS, RD, CNSC – Registered Dietitian, Whidbey General
    • Teresa Fulton, RN, MSN, CIC, Director of Quality & Patient Safety – Quality Management, Whidbey General
    • Amy Hauser, PT – Rehabilitation Services, Physical Therapy, Whidbey General
    • Deb Page, MSW – Social Work, Whidbey General
    • Trish Rose­ – Public Relations, Whidbey General
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Outstanding Quality

Dr. John Hoyt, Dr. Amy Picco (seated) and Renee Yanke, ARNP, serve on the Whidbey General Cancer Committee. The Commission on Cancer reaccredited our cancer care program in 2012 with the maximum eight commendations. Very few hospitals achieve this distinction. We also received the commission's annual Outstanding Achievement Award, an honor shared in 2012 by only 79 hospitals in the country and one other hospital in Washington. Read more about this prestigious award.


"All of you shine with love and caring!— the doctors, nurses, clerical staff and others we’ve encountered and are blessed to have met. Why we’re here is not our choice, but we couldn’t think of a better place to go through this journey. We are so grateful." Read more comments about our Cancer Program.


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