Richard L. Schilsky, MD, Chief of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine and Deputy Director of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named to the newly created position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of ASCO. A former ASCO President and Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO), Dr. Schilsky is a highly respected leader in the field of clinical oncology, specializing in new drug development and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. He will begin his new position on February 28, 2013.
“Rich has that rare combination of clinical expertise, a formidable research track record, and a warmth and humanity that make him perfect for this role,” said Sandra M. Swain, MD, President of ASCO and Chair of the CMO Search Committee. “Having led many of ASCO’s most important efforts and committees over the years, he is also intimately familiar with ASCO’s programs, staff, and member needs. As President, I look forward to working with him. I am sure he will provide wise counsel as we advance ASCO’s mission.”
Senior Leadership and Support
The Chief Medical Officer position was created by the Board of Directors to provide additional senior leadership and support to ASCO’s fast-growing quality programs, public policy and communications efforts, as well as fundraising for ASCO’s affiliated Conquer Cancer Foundation. The position will report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Allen S. Lichter, MD.
As a past president of ASCO (2008-2009), former Chair of ASCO’s Cancer Research, Communications, and Government Relations Committees, and a current member of ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation Board, Dr. Schilsky brings with him a firm grasp of the organization including its history, mission, structure and operations.
“Throughout my career I have tried to remain focused on improving the treatment and outcomes of people with cancer,” said Dr. Schilsky. “I’ve been an ASCO member for 32 years and I admire the organization tremendously. It’s made an enormous difference in my work and in the care of my patients and it has provided countless opportunities for my younger colleagues and trainees.” ■