AACI Committees

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AACI members have the opportunity to participate on committees organized around their interests and expertise. Committees focus on clinical topics as well as finance, government relations, and coordinating the AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting Program

The Annual Meeting Program Committee develops the agenda for the important yearly meeting of AACI's membership.

Chair - Primo N. Lara, Jr., MD
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Edward Chu, MD, MMS
Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center
Hannah Hazard-Jenkins, MD
WVU Cancer Institute
Matthew Huesser, MBA, DBA
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health
Kelvin Lee, MD
Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center
Michelle Lin, MBA
VCU Massey Cancer Center
Rae Ann Paden, MPH
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jennifer W. Pegher, MA
Association of American Cancer Institutes
John Pounardjian, MBA
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Suresh Ramalingam, MD
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Matthew Vander Heiden, MD, PhD
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

CAR T Initiative

The CAR T Initiative Steering Committee helps guide and implement CAR T-cell therapy programs at AACI member centers across North America.
Chair - Peter Riedell, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
Lihua Elizabeth Budde, MD, PhD
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Matthew H. Carabasi, MD
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health
Clint L. Divine, MBA, MSM
The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Natalie Grover, MD
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Helen Heslop, MD
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine
Frederick L. Locke, MD
Moffitt Cancer Center
Joseph McGuirk, DO, FACP
The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD
The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sheila Ouverson, MPA
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Iowa
Miguel-Angel Perales, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
David L. Porter, MD
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Craig Sauter, MD
Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center
Joseph Uberti, MD, PhD
Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University

Clinical Research Innovation (CRI)

The Clinical Research Innovation (CRI) Steering Committee guides and implements activities that encourage best practices and efficient use of resources and operations in cancer center clinical research facilities.
 

Chair - Tara L. Lin, MD
The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Julie Brabbs, MBA
University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center
Frances Brogan, MSN, RN, OCN, CCRP
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Leslie P. Byatt, CCRC, ACRP-PM
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Arcadia Cruz, PhD
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
Angela Fritsche, MPA
Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center
Thomas J. George, Jr., MD, FACP
University of Florida Health Cancer Center
Margaret Kasner, MD, MSCE
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health
Matthew Kovak, MS, CCRP
UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
Christopher Loertscher, MA
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Eneida Nemecek, MD, MS, MBA
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
Jennifer W. Pegher, MA
Association of American Cancer Institutes
Anne Schnatterly, MBA, BSN, RN, CCRP
WVU Cancer Institute
Susanna Sellmann, MRT, BSc., CCRP
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network
Rachna Shroff, MD, MS
The University of Arizona Cancer Center

Finance and Investment

The Finance and Investment Committee oversees the development and implementation of all policies related to AACI's finances and expenditures. It reviews investment performance and advises on AACI's asset portfolio, makes fiscal recommendations to the AACI Board of Directors, and arranges for the audit of AACI's financial records.
Chair - David M. Gosky, MA, MBA
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
Julie Brabbs, MBA
University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center
Patrick O'Brien, MBA
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple Health
Julia C. Schaum, MS
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Joanna Weiss, CPA
Moffitt Cancer Center

Government Relations

The Government Relations Steering Committee monitors public policy activities impacting cancer centers and advocates for funding to support cancer research.
Chair - Matthew Swaback
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health
Alexander R. Currie
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
John DeMuro
Moffitt Cancer Center
James Kennedy
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Alex M. Krigstein
University of Florida Health Cancer Center
Catherine Liao
Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University Medical Center
Peter J. Mackler
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jill Homer Stewart
The Jackson Laboratory Cancer Center

Leadership Diversity and Development Initiative

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. Dr. Caryn Lerman's initiative is focused on leadership development with an emphasis on diversity.

Chair - Caryn Lerman, PhD
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
David M. Gosky, MA, MBA
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
Chanita Hughes Halbert, PhD
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Roy A. Jensen, MD
The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Kelvin Lee, MD
Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center
Edith P. Mitchell, MD, MACP, FCPP, FRCP (London)
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health
Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD
The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jennifer W. Pegher, MA
Association of American Cancer Institutes
Elisa Rodriguez, PhD, MS
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Yolanda Sanchez, PhD
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Reuben J. Shaw, PhD
Salk Institute Cancer Center
Cornelia Ulrich, MS, PhD
Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah
George J. Weiner, MD
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Iowa
Cheryl L. Willman, MD
Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nominating

The Nominating Committee meets each year to identify individuals among the member institutions who are best qualified to serve on the AACI Board of Directors.

Chair - Cheryl L. Willman, MD
Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center
Randall F. Holcombe, MD, MBA
The University of Vermont Cancer Center
Roy A. Jensen, MD
The University of Kansas Cancer Center

Physician Clinical Leadership (PCLI)

The Physician Clinical Leadership Initiative (PCLI) Steering Committee oversees PCLI and identifies participants from AACI cancer centers and other likeminded organizations.

Chair - Karen L. Reckamp, MD, MS
Cedars-Sinai Cancer
Carrie Lee, MD, MPH
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Christopher Lieu, MD
University of Colorado Cancer Center
Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA, FACS, MAMSE, FSSO
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
John Sweetenham, MD, FRCP, FACP, FASCO
Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Julie Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO
Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center