Centers of Excellence

LE&RN and Centers of Excellence

William Repicci
President & CEO, LE&RN

In 2018, LE&RN took on the challenge of developing standards for Centers of Excellence in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphatic Diseases (LD). To accomplish this, LE&RN engaged a committee of expert clinicians in the United States to create the initial draft of standards. A Global Oversight Committee refined these standards and expanded their global applicability. This Global Oversight Committee reviews all letters of intent and full applications submitted by institutions seeking a Center designation. Center designation awards are determined solely by the Global Oversight Committee.

Our thanks to the esteemed world leaders in lymphatic healthcare who volunteered their time and talent to this venture. Our deepest gratitude to Steering Committee Chair, Melissa Aldrich, MBA, PhD, and to Global Oversight Committee Chair, Professor Peter Mortimer. Their contribution to this project is inestimable.

United States Steering Committee
Melissa Aldrich, PhD, UT Health, Steering, Committee Chair, United States
David Chang, MD, University of Chicago
Joseph Dayan, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital
Ketan Patel, MD, University of Southern California
Stanley Rockson, MD, Stanford University
Dhruv Singhal, MD, Harvard University Medical Schools
Global Oversight Committee
Peter Mortimer, MD, St. Georges University, London, Committee Chair, United Kingdom
Melissa Aldrich, PhD, UT Health, Steering, Committee Chair, United States
Håkan Brorson, MD, PhD, Skåne University Hospital, Sweden
Ming-Huei Cheng, MD, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan
Robert Damstra, MD, PhD. Nij Smellinghe Hospital, The Netherlands
Sheldon Feldman, MD, Montefiore and Einstein Hospitals, United States
Emily Iker, MD, Santa Monica Lymphedema Clinic, United States
Eric Johnson, Jobst, United States
Guenter Klose, Klose Training & Consulting, LLC, United States
Allison C. Nauta, MD, Oregon Health and Science University, United States
Michael Oberlin, MD, Földiklinik GmbH & Co. Germany
Stephane Vignes, MD, Hôpital Cognacq-Jay, France
Miikka Vikkula, MD, de Duve Institute. Brussels
June Wu, MD, Columbia University, United States

Program Description

DOWNLOADS
Program Description and Online Application

DATES AND DEADLINES
Letter of Interest is due by December 1, 2020

MISSION
The goal of the LE&RN Centers of Excellence (COE) program is to increase access to the best possible multi-disciplinary clinical care and services for individuals affected by Lymphatic diseases (LD) and their families through a geographically diverse network of local and/or regional clinical centers. In addition to clinical and social services, the Centers will provide professional and lay education in the geographic areas they serve, are involved in LD clinical research, and work with LE&RN locally and nationally in its efforts to continually improve the lives of those affected by LD and their families.

OBJECTIVES
  • To design an international standard for best practice multidisciplinary care in the management of LD and providing services for families with LD.
  • To select and support institutions that excel with regard to knowledge and experience in LD, education of LD in their local community, establishment of a multidisciplinary care team for LD, and involvement with LD clinical research.
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE CATEGORIES
There are five categories for Center of Excellence designation:

COMPREHENSIVE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE (COE) designation indicates that an institution can provide the listed services on-site, all within the same institution, and can coordinate provision of the services.

NETWORK OF EXCELLENCE designation indicates that an institution and its affiliate institutions (within walking distance) can provide the listed services. For example, University “A” School of Medicine, University “A” Teaching Hospital, University “A” Cancer Center, and University “A” Rehabilitation Facility can provide the listed services, and can coordinate provision of the services.

REFERRAL NETWORK OF EXCELLENCE designation indicates that the institution and/or nearby collaborating institutions can provide the listed services, and that these institutions can coordinate provision of the services. For example, University “A” School of Medicine, University “B” Teaching Hospital, “C” Cancer Center, and Private Practice “D” Rehabilitation Facility can provide the listed services, and can coordinate provision of the services.

LYMPHATIC DISEASE (LD) SURGERY COE designation indicates that an institution (usually, a cancer care center) can provide the listed surgical services.

LD CONSERVATIVE CARE COE designation indicates that an institution can provide the listed conservative care services.

Services and activities that are not required for COE designation, but are encouraged by LE&RN, are listed (without check marks), and may be considered by the selection committee.