News Release

December 16, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Dr. Carolyn D. Runowicz Elected to National Cancer Board

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Dr. Carolyn D. Runowicz of Avon has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s Board of Directors. Runowicz, director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center, is the first gynecologic oncologist to serve on the Board.

During her term, Runowicz will work with the Board of Directors to address workforce issues; develop the Society’s strategic plan; address access to quality care in oncology, especially in view of health care reform; and focus on physician reimbursement.

“I am very honored and look forward to working with the Board of Directors and ASCO leadership in addressing the challenges and opportunities that face oncologists and the field of oncology over the next three years,” says Runowicz. “I hope I can contribute with my experience and perspective as a gynecologic oncologist and from the experience that I have gained as a cancer center director and member of other boards and leadership positions.”

Runowicz is a nationally prominent expert in gynecologic cancers and women’s health and is involved in many national health organizations, including the American Cancer Society, where she served as president from 2005 to 2006. She is currently chairman of the National Cancer Advisory Board, which was a presidential appointment. Runowicz also serves as the Northeast Utilities Chair in Experimental Oncology and is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Health Center.

ASCO is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 28,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals.

Caption: Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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