Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD: The American Cancer Society’s First Female CEO Speaks Out
Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health, was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of the American Cancer Society—the first female to head the organization in its 107-year history. Dr. Knudsen talks about the opportunities she sees ahead for the Society and its lobbying arm, the Cancer Action Network, and invites oncologists to weigh in.
S. Vincent Rajkumar, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, talks about how, in light of the fact that multiple myeloma has been turned into a chronic disease for many people, what it means to “cure” patients; the difference between curable and cured in multiple myeloma; and key studies he is involved in that could help determine whether using the best possible treatments early in the course of the disease can lead to cures.
Julie Gralow, MD, of the University of Washington, discusses her goals as ASCO’s newly appointed Chief Medical Officer and delivers a personal message to the Society’s members.
John Marshall, MD, of the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University, and his wife, Liza Marshall, a breast cancer survivor, talk about the impact of her diagnosis, how it changed their view of cancer care and the way clinicians communicate, and why their memoir has an important message.