Marlon Garzo Saria, PhD, RN, AOCNS, FAAN
Brain Cancer Quality of Life Collaborative
Dr. Saria is an advanced practice registered nurse with over eighteen years of experience in oncology serving in multiple roles ranging from direct clinical care to program development and management. He is currently the Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center and a Nurse Scientist and Director of the Center for Quality Outcomes and Research in the Department of Translational Neurosciences and Neurotherapeutics at Pacific Neuroscience Institute and John Wayne Cancer Institute.
Dr. Saria received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of the Philippines and a master’s in oncology nursing from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from UCLA. His research interest is grounded on two overlapping themes- the effect of cancer- and cancer-related toxicities on patient outcomes and the impact of caregiver burden on caregiver well-being outcomes, patient health outcomes, and healthcare utilization outcomes. His vision is to provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to patient and family care in the oncology setting. His doctoral dissertation explored caregiver burden within the context of brain metastases and he continues to expand his research to address the lack of information on protective factors and neglect in addressing the risks experienced by caregivers of patients diagnosed with cancer. His current studies seek to address the lack of a structured caregiver assessment and the underutilization of evidence-based resources and programs. He is also actively exploring the role of digital platforms to improve health outcomes.
Dr. Saria has a concurrent career in the U.S. Air Force Reserve where he serves as a flight commander for medical technicians in the aerospace medical squadron, nurse credentials officer, public affairs officer, and patient flow manager. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Global Caring Nurses Foundation. He was also a recipient of the distinguished Pearl Moore Making A Difference Award from the Oncology Nursing Society.