Kenneth D. Nahum received his medical training from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He went on to pursue a career in hematology and oncology, and has been affiliated with the Regional Cancer Care Associates (RCCA) since 2012. Dr. Kenneth D. Nahum is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
ASCO, founded in 1964, is the premier professional organization for oncology professionals. The organization is at the forefront of policies and programs intended to guide oncologists in providing the best possible care for patients, including the Diversity in Oncology Initiative.
The Diversity in Oncology Initiative is a landmark strategic plan to provide a framework for increasing the racial and ethnic diversity within the oncology community. This ultimately aims to bring quality cancer care to minorities who otherwise would have difficulty accessing it. One aspect of the initiative is the Diversity Mentoring Program, which encourages medical students and residents belonging to minority populations to pursue a career in oncology. With the help of oncologists who would stand as mentors, physicians-in-training can receive much-needed career and educational guidance.
There is currently an underrepresentation of minority physicians in the medical field, especially in hematology and oncology. Less than six percent of the oncology workforce identifies as Hispanic and only around two percent as African-American – figures not congruent with the percentage of each demographic in the entire US population.