MN Lung Cancer Screening Task Force

Task Force Mission Statement: Decrease lung cancer mortality in Minnesota through increased screening.

It all started with the Minnesota Cancer Alliance’s MN Cancer Plan. The task force’s work ties directly to objective #4 in the state cancer plan: Increase low-dose CT scan screening among persons at high risk for lung cancer. The Minnesota Lung Cancer Screening Task Force is a collaboration of physicians, nurses, screening experts, and lung cancer advocacy organizations committed to getting eligible Minnesotans screened annually with low dose CT scans. As a collaborative body of healthcare professionals, we work to improve the number of Minnesotans screened for lung cancer and the quality of our programs.

Due to COVID-19, the Minnesota Lung Cancer Screening Meeting has been moved to a virtual format and will be held Friday, January 22, 2021. 

Thank you to our generous Title Sponsors:





January 22, 2021 Speakers and Schedule:

8:00 AM Meeting hosts: Abbie Begnaud, MD, University of MN and Nancy Torrison – Executive Director, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation

Opening Remarks:

David E. Midthun, MD, Mayo Clinic

8:30 – 9:30 AM The Benefits of CT Lung Cancer Screening in ANY System

Andrea McKee, MD – Partner, Radiation Oncology Associates and Chairman of Radiation Oncology, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

9:30 – 10:30 AM Lung Cancer Screening in the Urban Setting:

Mary M. Pasquinelli, APRN, FNP-BC – Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep, and Allergy at UI Health

10:30 – 11:30 AM Lung Cancer Screening in the Rural Setting:

Jed A. Gorden, MD – Swedish Medical Center-Cherry Hill Campus

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Primary Care and Their Essential Role in Lung Cancer Care, plus Intro to Online Video CME/CE Course (w/CME Credit Instructions):

Celeste T. Worth, MCHES – Director, LuCa National Training Network, University of Louisville

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Small group chat rooms to brainstorm, problem-solve, and chat with colleagues from across Minnesota. Automatic assignment into rooms of eight.

Every healthcare organization in Minnesota was invited to send up to eight people to the third task force meeting held on September 27, 2019, in Minneapolis. Over 70 healthcare professionals from 28 organizations gathered to identify strategies to overcome Minnesota’s low lung cancer screening rate.



Steering Committee: Nancy Torrison, ABOHLF; Matt Flory, ACS; Abbie Begnaud, MD, U of MN; Anuja Sharma, MD and Andrew Burgdorf, MD, Allina Health; Arek Dudek, MD, PhD, Health Partners; Angela Fabbrini and Anne Melzer, MD, Minneapolis VA; Karla Provost, Essentia Duluth; and Sandra Japuntich, PhD, HCMC; and patient representatives – Julie Swedberg and Curt Anderson.

Additional information: Case Study by Sanford Medical Center