Ronald Piana is an independent writer and reporter with more than 20 years of experience in oncology communications and publishing. In addition to the profiles published in this special supplemental issue of The ASCO Post, Ron has written more than 100 news and feature articles, interviews, and profiles for leading medical publications. A native New Yorker, in his earlier years Ron lived in Paris before traveling worldwide as a merchant seaman, later working as a laborer, truck driver, chef, and restaurant owner. His life-long boxing aspirations were halted after going a round in Brooklyn's infamous Gleason’s Gym with the legendary Roberto Duran on “one thrilling but boxing career–ending day.” Ron lives in Huntington, New York, with his wife Kristine.
Keith Witmer (artist) received his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Otis/Parsons School of Design. He subsequently launched his career in advertising and publication with a commanding presence, initially using pen and ink and scratchboard mediums. Working with clients such as FedEx, Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, and National Geographic, Keith refined his skills and developed new illustration techniques which combined both traditional and digital mediums. Today, Keith works exclusively with his trusty Stylus and Wacom Tablet to execute every illustration. Keith addresses every portrait with absolute professionalism and uncompromising attention to detail. When Keith is not at the drawing board, he can be found on his mountain bike or in a sushi bar somewhere in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon. ■