Zabora is new director of Life with Cancer for the Inova

Jan 31, 2013

Social work spotlight

James Zabora has resigned from his position as dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service and professor of social work to assume the role of director of Life with Cancer for the Inova Health System in Northern Virginia. Zabora came to the Catholic University of America after a 20-year career at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


At Johns Hopkins, he was an assistant professor of oncology in the School of Medicine with two secondary appointments as an assistant professor in the School of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences & Health Policy and Management. As an administrator, he was one of five associate directors in the Comprehensive Cancer Center with a special focus on community programs and research.

Zabora’s cancer research over the past 30 years has focused on cancer prevention and control, psychosocial screening, problem-solving education, and quality of life among cancer patients and their families.

In his role as director of LWC, Zabora will be responsible for the psychological care of cancer patients and their families for Inova’s five hospitals and two children’s hospitals.

Susan Carroll, vice president of Cancer Services for Inova, describes Zabora “as a significant addition to our cancer team.”

Dr. John Niederhuber, former director of the National Cancer Institute and director of Inova’s Cancer Program, stated that “Jim’s clinical expertise and scholarship will enable us to provide the highest quality of comprehensive care to cancer patients and their families for all of Northern Virginia and beyond.”

From the January 2013 NASW News.