Robert S. Miller, MD, FACP, a medical oncologist and recognized authority in breast cancer, survivorship care, and consumer health informatics, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of ASCO’s patient information website, Cancer.Net (www.cancer.net). He assumed this role at the 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting in June and succeeds Diane Blum, MSW, Chief Executive Officer for the Lymphoma Research Foundation, who served as Editor-in-Chief for 10 years.
“I have been fortunate to serve as an Associate Editor of Cancer.Net for the past several years, and am deeply honored to be taking on this new role,” said Dr. Miller. “Cancer.Net is a cornerstone of ASCO’s patient advocacy and communication strategies, and I certainly want to see all of the resources the site offers flourish and reach an even wider audience.”
Fostering a Dialogue
“Dr. Miller has been a long-term advocate of measures that enhance cancer care, and as Editor-in-Chief of Cancer.Net, he will further that commitment by lending his vision to a resource that people with cancer and their loved ones trust to provide timely, oncologist-approved information,” said ASCO Immediate Past President Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP. “We are eager to embrace his vision for Cancer.Net, and to advance ASCO’s mission of empowering those with cancer by providing resources that help them make informed decisions and advocate for their best care.”
A key component of Dr. Miller’s vision for Cancer.Net includes enhancing the site’s interactivity. Through expanding Cancer.Net’ social media capabilities—including hosting tweetchats and incorporating more guest blog posts by those with cancer—he aims to create more opportunities for dialogue between well-known, prominent cancer researchers and people with the disease.
Longtime ASCO Member
Currently, Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Clinical Associate of the Breast Cancer Program and Oncology Medical Information Officer at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine, completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine, and received his graduate certificate in biomedical informatics at Oregon Health and Science University.
Dr. Miller has been an active ASCO member and volunteer since 1992. He currently serves on the Health Information Technology Workgroup, the Cancer Education Committee, and the editorial boards of Cancer.Net and the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP), where he is a consultant editor and producer of the JOP podcast series. He is Chair of the ASCO Integrated Media and Technology Committee and an active ASCOConnection.org blogger. Previously, he was a member of the ASCO Board of Directors. For his dedication to the Society, ASCO awarded Dr. Miller a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO) Award in 2011. He is a past recipient of an ASCO Travel Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation.
Dr. Miller is also a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Informatics Association. He is a former member of the Oncology Workgroup of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT). ■
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