Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC)

Since 2010, Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) and Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) has had a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) to help further its mission and vision. Siteman’s PFAC is made up of patients, caregivers and staff members who strive to enhance the patient experience for current and future patients.


The PFAC will be a force for the advancement of the best patient and family-centered model of cancer care.


The PFAC ensures that patient and family voices are an integral part of delivering the highest standard of safe, comprehensive and compassionate cancer care and services.

PFAC Accomplishments

  • Provided input on design and furniture choices for the Siteman South County location
  • Helped refine BJH’s Overnight Visitor Policy
  • Serve as consultants as part of the Washington University Medical Center Campus Renewal project
  • Consulted on design of WUSM’s Patient Portal prior to launch
  • Participate in multiple committees and project teams for BJH, WUSM and Siteman
    – Cancer Committee
    – Safety & Quality Board of Directors
    – Safe Medication Administration
    – Survivorship
    – Fall Prevention
    – Distress Screening
    – Institutional Review Board
    – ICARE Leadership Institute

PFAC patient and caregiver members serve a two-year term the option of extending another two years. All volunteers have to comply with the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Volunteer policies. The PFAC welcomes applications from patients and caregivers at any time. The PFAC meets monthly in the evenings.

If you are interested in learning more about the PFAC, please contact the PFAC coordinator, Kathy Atwater, at 314-747-4689 or