Robert Winn, MD
The LUNGevity Foundation recently announced that Robert Winn, MD, Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center, has joined the foundation’s Board of Directors. The nation’s leading lung cancer–focused nonprofit organization, LUNGevity Foundation is dedicated to improving outcomes for people with lung cancer through research; education; policy initiatives; and support and engagement for patients, survivors, and caregivers. As Director of VCU Massey Cancer Center, Dr. Winn oversees a facility that provides cancer care; conducts clinical research; and offers high-quality education, training, and community outreach programs.
Serving Vulnerable Populations
A long-standing advocate for health equity in lung cancer, Dr. Winn promotes the expansion of access to high-quality, low-dose computed tomography screening among underserved high-risk populations, integration of evidence-based tobacco treatment into screening programs, and inclusion of diverse populations into clinical and translational research. Throughout his career, he has modeled the growing and impactful ability of cancer centers to tailor interventions to the needs of vulnerable populations by maintaining an ongoing relationship with community partners.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Winn join our Board of Directors,” said Andrea Ferris, President and Chief Executive Officer of LUNGevity Foundation. “His years of hands-on experience with [patients with lung cancer] paired with his expertise in health equity and community engagement will be invaluable to the organization.”
A Distinguished Career
Before joining VCU Massey Cancer Center, Dr. Winn served as Director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center from 2015 to 2019 and as Associate Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs for Community-Based Practice at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System from 2013 to 2019. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, he spent 13 years at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and School of Medicine in a variety of leadership roles and clinical faculty appointments.
Dr. Winn holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MD from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Rush-Presbyterian–St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.