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Barbara Lumpkin, Senior Administrative Assistant, Hematology

When Barbara Lumpkin, Senior Administrative Assistant for Yale Cancer Center, started at Yale over 25 years ago, there was very little work done by computer; most of the work was done by hand. Barbara started as part of the former Cancer Information Service (CIS), a cancer communication network for the National Cancer Institute, but for the last seven years has been working in the Section of Hematology and currently supports five faculty/clinicians.

Barbara is responsible for assisting in the processing of re-credentialing paperwork, renewing medical licenses, and updating CVs and biosketches. In addition, her daily administrative tasks include scheduling meetings, submitting expense reports, and making travel arrangements. Barbara also helps to facilitate such programs as the Yale Affiliated Hospital Program (YAHP), the CME Tumor Board application, and is coordinator for the Internal Medicine Hematology Elective.

Barbara commented that she has a great appreciation for the dedication and commitment it takes to manage both the clinical and academic responsibilities that her faculty take on. "There is so much work done outside of the clinic that people don't realize. They are required to take certain classes, give lectures, and stay up to date on the latest advances. I am so proud to have been a part of this organization for so long, and to support these doctors that are making a difference."

Richard Carr, Program Manager for the Section of Hematology, commented, "Yale Cancer Center has been fortunate to have Barbara's support now for over 25 years. She has worked with kindness, dedication, and as a team player to which her fellow administrative staff and faculty have benefited from time and again."

Alfred Lee, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology), commented, "Barbara has been my administrative assistant since I started at Yale and she first helped me get settled. Since then, she's been with me every step of the way, helping me out academically, administratively, and even emotionally. She is one of the dearest people in my life and has become family to me. I don't know how she manages to do the same for everyone else (which she does), but as I've mentioned to her many times before, if she ever retires, I'm retiring with her!"