News Release

June 13, 2008

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

President Bush Re-Appoints Dr. Carolyn Runowicz as Chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D., director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center and a nationally prominent expert in gynecologic oncology, has been appointed by President George W. Bush to serve a second term as chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board.

The National Cancer Advisory Board advises and consults with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Director of the National Cancer Institute with regard to its activities, including the review and recommendation of support grants and cooperative agreements. There are 18 members of the advisory board which include leading representatives from health and science disciplines. Dr. Runowicz has been a member of the NCAB for the past four years and was the first gynecologic oncologist to be appointed as chair. She will continue to hold the position until March 2010.

“I am truly honored to have been reappointed as Chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board,” says Dr. Runowicz. “The Board is comprised of outstanding leaders in cancer from scientists, industry and philanthropy. It is truly a privilege to work with them in my role as Chair of this important board.” The National Cancer Advisory Board meets at least four times a year; members are appointed to serve six year terms.

Dr. Runowicz has devoted her career to advances in the treatment, early detection and prevention of cancer. The American Society of Clinical Oncology, the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who treat people with cancer, recently named her as chair-elect of its cancer research committee. Dr. Runowicz joined the Health Center five years ago and was president of the American Cancer Society in 2006, the first breast cancer survivor to hold the position. Dr. Runowicz co-authored a book about advances in cancer prevention titled, The Answer to Cancer, with her husband Sheldon Cherry, M.D., an ob/gyn specialist in New York City.

An Avon resident, Dr. Runowicz is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and a 2002 recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College and trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Medical Center.

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