ASCO Announces Candidates for 2016 Election

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Seventeen distinguished ASCO members have been selected by the ASCO Nominating Committee as candidates for open leadership positions within the Society. They include the office of President-Elect, four seats on the Society’s Board of Directors, and three seats on the ASCO Nominating Committee.

President-Elect Candidates (One Seat)

  • S. Gail Eckhardt, MD, FASCO
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Robin T. Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO
    Michiana Hematology-Oncology, PC

Board of Directors—International Oncologist Candidates (One Seat)

  • Nagi S. El Saghir, MD, FACP
    American University of Beirut Medical Center
  • Jaap Verweij, MD, PhD
    Erasmus University Medical Center

Board of Directors—Pediatric Oncologist Candidates (One Seat)

  • Peter C. Adamson, MD
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Brenda J. Weigel, MD, MSc
    Masonic Children’s Hospital, University of Minnesota Medical Center

Board of Directors—Undesignated Specialty Candidates (Two Seats)

  • Arti Hurria, MD
    City of Hope
  • Maha H. A. Hussain, MD, FACP, FASCO
    University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Michael   P.  Kosty, MD, FACP, FASCO
    Scripps Green Cancer Center
  • Blase N. Polite, MD, MPP
    University of Chicago, Section of Hematology/Oncology

Nominating Committee—Designated Community Oncologist Candidates (One Seat)

  • James N. Frame, MD, FACP
    Charleston Area Medical Center
  • Ray D. Page, DO, PhD, FACOI
    The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Nominating Committee—Undesignated Specialty Candidates (Two Seats)

  • Michael B. Atkins, MD
    Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Carolyn D. Runowicz, MD, FASCO
    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University
  • Joseph A. Sparano, MD, FACP
    Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care
  • Antoinette R. Tan, MD, MHSc, FACP
    Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas HealthCare System


This year, the election ballot will also include a proposed amendment to the ASCO Bylaws to change the qualifying age for Emeritus membership in the Society. Detailed information on the proposed amendment, as well as biographical information on each candidate, including video interviews with the President-Elect candidates, is available at

Eligible ASCO members can vote for their chosen leaders and on the proposed Bylaws amendment until December 3, 2015 at Election results will be announced mid-December, and the newly elected President-Elect, Directors, and Nominating Committee members will begin their terms of service at the conclusion of the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago.  ■

Originally printed in ASCO Connection. © American Society of Clinical Oncology. “Society Announces Candidates for 2016 ASCO Election.” September 12, 2015. All rights reserved.