AACI Board of Directors

Caryn  Lerman

Caryn Lerman, PhD

President
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Meet the President

Caryn Lerman, PhD, is the director of University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles and the associate dean for cancer programs and the H. Leslie and Elaine S. Hoffman Professor in Cancer Research at Keck School of Medicine of USC. She joined the AACI Board of Directors in 2019 and was elected vice president/president-elect in 2020.

Dr. Lerman’s experience in cancer center leadership spans more than 20 years. Internationally recognized for cancer prevention research that bridges the fields of genomics, pharmacology, and population science, she has deep knowledge of multiple frameworks of cancer discovery and innovation from basic and translational/clinical science to population-based research and biotechnology. A major focus of her research is on biology-driven science to reduce cancer risk behaviors.

An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Lerman has served as a member of the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors, the National Human Genome Research Advisory Council, and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse Advisory Council. She is also past president of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and has received numerous awards for her work, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Control Award, the American Society of Preventive Oncology Joseph Cullen Award, the Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health, and the National Institutes of Health Matilda White Riley Award.

Robert A. Winn

Robert A. Winn, MD

Vice President/ President-elect
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Roy A. Jensen

Roy A. Jensen, MD

Immediate Past President
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Jennifer W. Pegher

Jennifer W. Pegher, MA

Executive Director
Executive Director, Association of American Cancer Institutes
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Carlos L. Arteaga

Carlos L. Arteaga, MD

Term Expires 10/22
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Marcia  Cruz-Correa

Marcia Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD

Term Expires 10/24
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Ruben A. Mesa

Ruben A. Mesa, MD, FACP

Term Expires 10/24
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Joann B. Sweasy

Joann B. Sweasy, PhD

Term Expires 10/23
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Cornelia  Ulrich

Cornelia Ulrich, MS, PhD

Term Expires 10/23
Executive Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah
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Robert H. Vonderheide

Robert H. Vonderheide, MD, DPhil

Term Expires 10/24
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