President Barack Obama recently announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to the National Cancer Advisory Board: David Christiani, MD; Judy E. Garber, MD; Liz Jaffee, MD; Beth Karlan, MD; Mack Roach III, MD; and Charles Sawyers, MD.
David Christiani, MS, MD, MPH, is the Elkan Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics at the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition, Dr. Christiani is a physician at the Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a recipient of the 2007 Robert S. Kehoe Award for Scientific Achievement from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the 2004 Harriet Hardy Award from the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Christiani received his MD degree from Tufts University and his MS and MPH degrees from Harvard University.
Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and serves as Associate Physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is the immediate past President of the American Association for Cancer Research and serves on its Board of Directors. In addition, she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Garber served on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute. She received her MD and MPH degrees from Yale University School of Medicine.
Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD, is Co-Director of the Gastrointestinal Cancers Program in the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University. She has been a member of the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1992. Dr. Jaffee has been Associate Director for Translational Research and the Co-Director of the Skip Viragh Pancreatic Cancer Center since 2010. She is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Johns Hopkins and serves on the National Cancer Institute’s Experimental Therapeutics Program Panel on Investigational Drugs Committee. She served as a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Rapid Access to Investigational Drugs Committee from 2006 to 2011, the National Cancer Institute’s Board of Scientific Counselors from 2005 to 2010, and the National Institutes of Health Experimental Immunology Study Section from 1996 to 2000. Dr. Jaffee received her MD degree from New York Medical College.
Beth Y. Karlan, MD, is the Board of Governors’ Endowed Chair in Gynecologic Oncology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is Associate Director of Women’s Cancer Programs at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and Editor-in-Chief of Gynecologic Oncology. In addition, she serves as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles and as Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Karlan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Conquer Cancer Foundation. She served as President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists in 2005 and Chair of the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program Integration Panel in 2002. Dr. Karlan received her MD degree from Harvard Medical School.
Mack Roach III, MD, currently serves as a Professor of Radiation Oncology and Urology at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). In addition, Dr. Roach serves as the Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at UCSF. His previous positions at UCSF’s Department of Radiation Oncology include Associate Professor in Residence from 1994 to 2000 and Assistant Professor in Residence from 1990 to 1994. He served on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors and currently serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Guidelines Committee for Prostate Cancer. In 2008, he joined the Board of Directors for the California Division of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Roach is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology. He is a recipient of the American Cancer Society Career Development Award, the UCSF Health Net Wellness Award, and the First Community Service Award. Dr. Roach received his MD degree from Stanford University.
Charles Sawyers, MD, is the Chair of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In addition, he serves as Professor of Medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College and as an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Sawyers has served as the Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at Weill-Cornell Medical College since 2011. He was the Associate Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine from 1996 to 2006. Dr. Sawyers received the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2011 and the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award in 2009. He received MD degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. ■