The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) comprises 102 premier academic and freestanding cancer centers in the United States and Canada. AACI is accelerating progress against cancer by empowering North America's leading cancer centers in their shared mission to alleviate suffering.
Acting as a network for research leaders, Clinical Research Innovation (CRI) promotes the efficient operation of clinical research facilities at AACI cancer centers.
The AACI Government Relations Forum facilitates an improved understanding of policy issues as they pertain to cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship.
Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, is enterprise director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia.
Under Dr. Knudsen’s leadership, SKCC was evaluated as “Outstanding” in its most recent National Cancer Institute (NCI) renewal, and was one of only four cancer centers to be ranked “Exceptional” in Community Outreach and Engagement.
Dr. Knudsen’s own research centers on advanced prostate cancer, with a focus on successful conversion of translational discoveries into clinical interventions. She maintains an actively funded research program, and serves on the Board of the American Association of Cancer Research, and on the NCI's Board of Scientific Advisors. She serves as an editor for several leading oncology journals and has received numerous awards for her accomplishments.
A member of AACI's Board of Directors since 2016, Dr. Knudsen began her term as president in October 2020. For her presidential initiative, Dr. Knudsen will leverage the expertise of North America's 102 leading cancer institutes to understand and mitigate cancer health disparities.
The AACI Presidential Initiative allows the president of AACI's Board of Directors to formalize a special project of broad interest and value to AACI members during their two-year term.
For her presidential initiative, Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, will leverage the expertise of North America’s 102 leading cancer institutes to address health disparities. Using a two-staged approach, the initiative aims to convert understanding of cancer disparities across AACI centers into meaningful, measurable actions to improve the lives of patients with cancer.