The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) have elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of Directors. Geraldine Jacobson, MD, MPH, MBA, FASTRO, will begin her term as President-Elect in October during ASTRO’s 62nd Annual Meeting, alongside Gopal K. Bajaj, MD, MBA, Government Relations Council Vice-Chair; Beth Erickson, MD, FASTRO, Education Council Vice-Chair; and Eric Ford, PhD, Clinical Affairs and Quality Council Vice-Chair.
Dr. Jacobson is founding Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology at West Virginia University, as well as Physician in Chief for Radiation Oncology for the West Virginia University Hospital System. An expert in radiation therapy for breast and gynecologic cancers, she has experience treating patients in rural, urban, and academic settings. She will serve a 1-year term as President-Elect, followed by single-year terms as President, Chair, and Immediate Past Chair of the ASTRO Board.
Dr. Bajaj is Chairman of the Department of Advanced Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy at The Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. In his new Board role, he will work with government agencies and policy stakeholders on key issues.
Dr. Erickson is Chief of Brachytherapy Services and Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in
Milwaukee. As a Board member, Dr. Erickson will focus on the wide range of educational opportunities ASTRO provides, including its Annual Meeting and the ASTRO Academy.
Dr. Ford is Interim Director, Vice Chair, and Professor of Physics at the University of Washington in Seattle. As a Board member, Dr. Ford will continue to support quality and safety initiatives, including clinical guidelines and practice accreditation.
Dr. Bajaj, Dr. Erickson, and Dr. Ford will serve 2-year terms as Vice-Chairs, followed by 2-year terms as Chairs of their respective councils.