Mentorship Roundtable: Death Clearance

Recorded On: 03/26/2024

During our March roundtable, we'll review the latest updates to the Death Clearance Manual. Additionally, various registries will showcase their Death Clearance procedures, which may include utilizing Web Plus for followback and leveraging Health Information Exchange Data.

Bobbi Matt


Iowa Cancer Registry

Bobbi (Mott) has worked for the Iowa Cancer Registry for 27 years.  She is the manager of Data Quality Assurance staff for the Iowa central registry as well as oversee the education and training at the registry.    Bobbi received her RHIT in 1994, ODS in 2000 and Masters in Epidemiology in 2020.  She has done Death Clearance in Iowa for over 25 years.  Throughout the years she has been involved in various workgroups/committees like the NAACCR Death Clearance, MPH, Hematopoietic/Lymphoma, Change Control Board for SEER*DMS and NAACCR Data Consolidation workgroup.  

Lucinda Ham, RHIA, ODS

QA and Operations Manager

Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center

Lucinda Ham, RHIA, ODS-C,  joined MCR in 2021, as Quality Assurance Manager. She graduated from Stephens College in 1991 with a bachelor’s in Health Information Management.   Lucinda has 32 years of experience in Health Information Management in the hospital setting which included Cancer Registry. Lucinda has been a ODS-C since 2004. Lucinda is an active member of NCRA.

Stephanie Phipps, BS, ODS

Data Collection and Production Supervisor

Cancer Registry of Greater California

Stephanie Phipps is the Data Collection and Production Supervisor with The Cancer Registry of Greater California.  Ms. Phipps achieved her CTR in 2008 and has 18 years of service in the cancer registry field.  She has extensive cross-training in many registry functions, managed multiple projects, and has provided training to both new and seasoned registry staff.  

Vijay Medithi, MBBS, DEM, ODS

Program Director

Myriddian, LLC

Vijay Medithi, MBBS, DEM, CTR, is currently serving as Program Director at Myriddian, LLC where he leads the Maryland Cancer Registry, overseeing all aspects of its operations. Vijay holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree, which he earned from Christian Medical College in India. After practicing clinical medicine in his home country, he relocated to the United States, where he pursued a master’s in public health. Later, he earned a Diploma in Emergency Medicine (DEM). Vijay’s career in disease registry started with Birth Defects Registry and later transitioned to Cancer Registry, at which time he earned the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) credential. Vijay’s expertise extends to over 15 years of experience working with both central registries and hospital-based registries. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a deep understanding of data collection methodologies, analysis techniques, and the importance of data in patient care. His dedication to continuous improvement processes led to the implementation of innovative processes and technologies within the field of cancer registry, enabling improved data management and analysis. He takes pride in his role in enhancing cancer surveillance efforts, ultimately leading to improved patient care and outcomes.


Mentorship Roundtable: Death Clearance Recording
Mentorship Roundtable: Death Clearance Slides