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

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

    • John Hassapis, MD, ACoS, CLP, Whidbey General Surgical Services
    • Xiaowen “Wendy” Wang, MD, PhD – Medical Oncology, Providence Regional Cancer Partnership
    • Robert Hawkins, MD - Medical Director, Whidbey General Diagnostic Imaging
    • David Lemme, DO - North Island Medical Center
    • David Kantorowitz, MD, PhD – Radiation Oncology, Skagit Valley Medical Center
    • 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
    • Jerald Sanders, MD - Medical Director, Whidbey General Hospice Care
    • Susan Johnson, CTR – Cancer Registrar, Whidbey General
    • Carla Jolley, ARNP, MN, AOCN, CHPN, Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse – Home Health Care, Whidbey General
    • Serena Newbauer-Hinders, Whidbey General Social Services
    • Lisa Toomey, RN -MAC Survivorship
    • Susanne Cary, RN- MAC Survivorship
    • Linda Gipson, PhD, RN, MSN, MBA, CLNC, NEA-BC – Chief Nursing Officer, Whidbey General
    • Katherine Carr, RN, Director of Quality & Patient Safety – Quality Management, Whidbey General
    • Jack Durbin - Manager Whidbey General Diagnostic Imaging
    • Patricia Duff­ – Public Relations, Whidbey General


Outstanding Quality


Dr. John Hassapis, Renee Yanke, ARNP and Dr. John Hoyt serve on the Whidbey General Cancer Care Committee.


The Commission on Cancer re-accredited 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!— That includes 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 Care Program.

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