Roswell’s doctor named to national panel

Physician Michael Kuettel, the longtime leader of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s radiation medicine program, has become the latest official from the Buffalo cancer center to be named to a national healthcare advisory board.

He has been appointed to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment, which provides expert guidance to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on issues affecting outpatient medical care.

“Dr. Kuettel is an outstanding choice for this role,” said Roswell Park President and CEO Candace S. Johnson, PhD. “He has provided exceptional leadership to our radiation medicine program for two decades, bringing both his nationally recognized clinical expertise and his keen insights on the delivery of health care to his work on behalf of our patients.”

Kuettel, who is professor and Barbara C. & George H. Hyde Chairman in radiation medicine at Roswell Park, joined the cancer center from Georgetown University Medical Center in 1999. He is also professor and chairman of radiation oncology at the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The advisory panel on hospital outpatient payment consists of 15 employees of hospitals, hospital systems and other Medicare providers who advise CMS and HHS on the clinical integrity of payment classifications and regarding supervision of outpatient services. Panelists are not compensated for their service, and serve four-year terms.

Kuettel is a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) board of directors, chairman of ASTRO’s Health Policy Council and serves as ASTRO’s representative to the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee. He also helps craft national guidelines for the treatment of prostate cancer in his role on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Prostate Cancer Panel.