AACI Presidential Initiative

About the Presidential Initiative

AACI distinguishes itself among professional cancer organizations through its ongoing engagement with academic cancer centers. 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. Several of AACI's signature programs began as presidential initiatives.

AACI Inclusive Excellence Initiative

AACI President Robert A. Winn, MD, is the director of VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Dr. Winn’s AACI Presidential Initiative aims to develop and promote inclusive excellence by examining methods through which AACI members can foster partnerships with like-minded organizations, government agencies, and other institutions – regionally, nationally, and globally. 

Inclusive Excellence Initiative activities focus on collaborative efforts to create opportunities for research, training and education, and patient navigation. The initiative will also support the continued facilitation of AACI’s annual Leadership Diversity and Development Workshop and the annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Summit in partnership with the Cancer Center DEI Network and the American Cancer Society. 

Inclusive Excellence Steering Committee
  • Chair: Robert A. Winn, MD
    VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Wafik S. El-Deiry, MD, PhD, FACP
    Legorreta Cancer Center at Brown University
  • ​Rudene Haynes, JD
    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Loriana Hernández-Aldama
    ArmorUp for LIFE®
  • ​Robert S. Mannel, MD
    Stephenson Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma
  • Stephen D. Nimer, MD
    Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami
  • Ze'ev Ronai, PhD
    Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
  • Joann B. Sweasy, PhD
    Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center 
  • ​Cornelia Ulrich, MS, PhD
    Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Caryn Lerman, PhD (2021-2023)
Leadership Diversity and Development Initiative

Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD (2020-2021)
Mitigating Cancer Disparities

Roy A. Jensen, MD (2018-2020)
Public Policy Resource Library

Stanton L. Gerson, MD (2016-2018)
Network Care 

George J. Weiner, MD (2014-2016)
Academic Difference

Michelle M. Le Beau, PhD (2012-2014)
Molecular Diagnostics

William S. Dalton, MD, PhD (2011-2012)
Website Portal

Michael A. Caligiuri, MD (2009-2011)
Project Cancer Education

Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD (2007-2009)
Oncology Workforce

H. Shelton Earp, III, MD (2005-2007)
Public Issues/Advocacy

Harold L. Moses, MD (2003-2005)
Collaborations With Like-Minded Organizations

John E. Niederhuber, MD (2001-2003)
NCI Relationships

Ronald B. Herberman, MD (1999-2001)
AACI Structure and Staffing