Board of Directors
Allen Lichter, MD - Chair
Allen S. Lichter, MD, earned his bachelor’s degree (1968) and medical degree (1972) from the University of Michigan. He trained in radiation oncology at University of California, San Francisco, before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, and later the National Cancer Institute.
From 1984- 2006, Dr. Lichter was at the University of Michigan in two significant leadership roles. He served as Professor and Chair of Radiation Oncology from 1984-1998 and as Dean of the Medical School from 1998 - 2006. Prior to his tenure at the University of Michigan, Dr. Lichter was the Director of the Radiation Therapy Section of the NCI’s Radiation Oncology Branch. Dr. Lichter’s research and development of three-dimensional treatment planning and dose delivery led to a Gold Medals from the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) and from the Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA). In 2002 he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science (now the National Academy of Medicine).
From 2006-2016 Dr. Lichter served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world's leading professional organization representing nearly 40,000 physicians and health professionals in oncology.
Dr. Lichter has held many prominent roles in the Society, including President (1998-1999), Founding Chair of ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation Board, and founding Chair of the Board of Governors of CancerLinQ, ASCO’s learning health platform in oncology. He remains a member of the CancerLinQ Board.
Mark J. Ratain, MD - Treasurer
Dr. Ratain is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B., 1976) and Yale University School of Medicine (M.D., 1980). His postgraduate training was completed at Johns Hopkins Hospital (Internal Medicine, 1980-3) and the University of Chicago Hospitals (Hematology/Oncology, 1983-6). He has been a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at The University of Chicago since 1986, and is currently the Leon O. Jacobson Professor of Medicine, the Director of the Center for Personalized Therapeutics and Chief Hospital Pharmacologist. In addition, he serves as the Associate Director for Clinical Sciences in the University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and leads the University of Chicago’s phase I oncology trials program. Dr. Ratain’s research focuses on the development of new oncology drugs and diagnostics, and he is an international leader in phase I clinical trials, pharmacogenomics, and clinical trial methodology, with over 280 original publications. He served as the first chair of the Steering Committee of the National Institutes of Health Pharmacogenetics Research Network, as well as one of the first co-chairs of the National Cancer Institute Investigational Drug Steering Committee. He currently serves as co-Editor of Pharmacogenetics and Genomics, and is a past Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Research Achievement Award in Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Research from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, the Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the Translational Research Professorship from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a Honorary Fellowship from the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, and the Award in Clinical Excellence from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association Foundation.
Leonard Saltz, MD - Secretary
Much of Dr. Saltz's career has been dedicated to developing new drug therapies and treatment strategies for colorectal cancer, and he has tapped the vast resources of Memorial Sloan Kettering — from various clinical departments to the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program, the Sloan Kettering Institute, and The Rockefeller University — to create an integrated translational research program. As Chief of the Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology Service, he looks forward to expanding this program even more in the years to come.
In addition to his role as Service Chief, he is Chair of the hospital’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and co-leader of the Colorectal Disease Management Team. He is also a Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Nationally, I serve on the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Rectal and Anal Cancer Task Force and am co-leader of the Alliance NCI Cooperative Research Group efforts in colon and rectal cancers. Dr. Saltz serves on three National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines committees: colorectal cancers, neuroendocrine cancers, and unknown primary cancers.
Since 1990 he has authored or co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles on the development of new treatments for colorectal and other gastrointestinal cancers. Dr. Saltz has also written numerous books, book chapters, monographs, and reviews on current and future treatment strategies for these diseases.
Michael Stebbins, PhD - Member-at Large
Michael Stebbins is the President of Science Advisors, a science and health consulting firm he founded in 2018 to provide science, technology, and public policy guidance to private companies, philanthropies, and non-profit organizations. He previously served as the Vice President of Science and Technology for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation where he was responsible for identifying and pursuing opportunities for philanthropic investment in Science and Technology. While at the Arnold Foundation he led initiatives that opened public access to data and publications created in the course of federally funded scientific research, and championed efforts in scientific reproducibility. His work at the Foundation addressed a broad set of critical issues including FDA policy on transparency, improving organ donation rates, leveraging the intellectual property sitting on shelves of universities and Federal agencies as well as opening access to scientific research publications and data.
Dr. Stebbins served as the Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. At the White House, he developed eight Executive Orders and other directives addressing issues ranging from the antibiotic resistance crisis to restoring pollinator health. His work led to broad changes in practice across the Federal government regarding the purchasing of bio-based products, improving veterans’ mental health, increasing access to federally funded scientific research publications and data, improving scientific reproducibility, evaluating and addressing the preferential purchasing of antibiotic free meats, reforming the regulatory system for biotechnology products, and improving the management of scientific collections.
Dr. Stebbins previously served as a science advisor to the Obama Presidential Campaign and on the Obama White House Transition Team. He is the former director of biology policy for the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) where he led their biosecurity project. His work at FAS led to changes in how agents are trained to interact with scientists at the FBI Training Academy at Quantico. His team developed the first tools to train scientists on dual-use research of concern. He co-founded, and served on the board of directors for, Scientists and Engineers for America, and served as President of Scientists and Engineers for America Action Fund. In addition, Dr. Stebbins worked as a legislative fellow for U.S. Senator Harry Reid and a public policy fellow for the National Human Genome Research Institute. He is a former adjunct professor of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Washington, he was a senior editor at Nature Genetics.
Dr. Stebbins serves on the National Academies of Science Board of Research Data and Infrastructure. He received his B.S. in biology at SUNY Stony Brook and his Ph.D. in genetics while working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
David A. Hyman, MD, JD - Member-at Large
David A. Hyman is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University. A doctor as well as a lawyer, he focuses his research on the regulation and financing of health care and has taught insurance, medical malpractice, civil procedure, law and economics, consumer protection, professional responsibility and tax policy. Hyman served as special counsel on the Federal Trade Commission, where he organized and led hearings on health care and competition - leading to the first joint report issued by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice, “Improving Health Care: A Dose of Competition.” He is the co-author of Overcharged: Why Americans Pay Too Much For Health Care (2018). He has been a visiting law professor at the University of Texas and George Washington University, a law professor at the University of Illinois and the University of Maryland and a lecturer at the University of Chicago. Hyman earned his BA, JD and MD degrees from the University of Chicago.