Julie Principe, RN, MS, an experienced nurse and administrator within the Lifespan health system and a national leader in radiation oncology administration, has been appointed Vice President of the Lifespan Cancer Institute (LCI), effective Jan. 1.
Principe, president-elect of the Society of Radiation Oncology Administrators for 2021-22, has been with Lifespan for 20 years, consistently taking on greater leadership responsibilities. She was the nurse manager who helped lead the opening of the 3 North Surgical/Orthopedic unit in the Baxt Building in 2007 and managed such ambulatory services as HIV, tuberculosis, and men’s health. She was promoted nurse manager of inpatient psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital in 2014.
In 2016, Principe was recruited to Lifespan Cancer Institute to oversee the Rhode Island Hospital cancer center eventually overseeing clinics, infusion centers and radiation therapy there as well as in East Greenwich. She also oversaw planning for the institute's new cancer center in Lincoln. She is involved in plans to pursue NCI designation for the newly named Legorreta Cancer Center of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Principe is as a member of the Vizient Cancer Center Network and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Salve Regina University.
"Julie has been a key member of the leadership team for LCI (Lifespan Cancer Institute) and responsible for driving many initiatives. She is team player who works collaboratively with physicians and all the departments that support cancer care," said Director David Wazer, MD.
Howard Safran, MD, LCI's chief of hematology/oncology, said, "Julie has been a great partner for our physicians as we have worked to strengthen and grow our cancer program to be a leading provider in the region."
The Lifespan Cancer Institute is the largest provider of cancer care in Rhode Island, with almost 4,000 annual new cancer cases and patients treated by specific disease site experts and offered opportunities to participate in the latest clinical trials. Care is provided in five locations across the state to bring expert care close to where people live.
Principe, who was appointed following a national search, succeeds Sue Korber, who is retiring after 36 years at Lifespan. She lives in Bristol with her husband, Adam Abilheira.
Principe will become president of the Society for Radiation Oncology Administrators for 2022-23. The society provides a supportive network of expertise for radiation oncology administrators to improve and advance their management of organizational operations, finance, research and human resources. The society provides current, relevant, and helpful information impacting radiation oncology practices in hospital, university, and freestanding environments.