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Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative Announces Scientific Advisory Board Members

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07 March 2023

The National Minority Quality Forum, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring high-risk racial and ethnic populations receive optimal healthcare, is proud to announce its Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative Scientific Advisory Board Members.

These individuals join us to bring their expertise and perspectives to the Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative.

Ashley Dedmon, Director of NBCRT at American Cancer Society

Maimah Karmo, Tigerlily Foundation

Leigh Boehmer, Chief Medical Officer, Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC)

Alec Calac, Medical Student; American Medical Association, Student Section; Founding Co Chair: Committee on American Indian Health

Ricki Fairley, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Touch – Black Breast Cancer Alliance

Cindy Gavin, Founding Executive Director, Let’s Win Pancreatic Cancer

Esther Krofah, Executive Director, FasterCures and Center for Public Health, Milken Institute

Reesa Motley Reynolds, President & CEO, The Charles McKinley Reynolds, Jr. Pancreatic Cancer Pain Management Initiative

Pam Traxel, Senior Vice President, ACS CAN

Shyrea Thompson, Founder and Principal, The IRIS Collaborative

Elizabeth Valencia, Assistant Professor of Radiology, the Mayo Clinic

Dr. Upal Basu Roy, Executive Director, Lungevity Research

Cindy Broholm, LIU Brooklyn

Scout, PhD, Executive director & principal investigator of both the CDC-funded LGBTQ tobacco-related cancer disparity network and Out: The National Cancer Survey

Samuel Adekolujo MD, MBA, FACP, Karamons / McLaren

Andy Chan, MD, Harvard / Mass Gen Hospital

This groundbreaking initiative – which is aligned with President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot 2.0 – is a renewed call to action towards reducing the cancer death rate by at least 50 percent during the next 25 years.

The mission of the Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative is to move medical standards in the country from late-stage to early-stage detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer; improving cancer care, and reducing the incidence of cancer deaths for all, with a particular focus on health equity in underrepresented populations.

Learn more at www.ShiftCancer.org.


National Minority Quality Forum is a research and educational organization dedicated to ensuring that high-risk racial and ethnic populations and communities receive optimal health care. This nonprofit, nonpartisan organization integrates data and expertise in support of initiatives to eliminate health disparities.

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