Dr. Benjamin Anderson Appointed Chair of New NCCN International Program Committee
Jonathan Larsen, MPP, Manager, Global Business Development
The National Comprehensive Cancer Center® (NCCN®) has appointed Benjamin O. Anderson, MD, Chair of the new NCCN International Program Committee. Dr. Anderson serves as Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center-based Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI), and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Breast Health Clinic, and is a member of the NCCN Breast Cancer Panel.
"I am delighted to work with NCCN on this important international project," said Dr. Anderson. "The value of the NCCN algorithms will increase exponentially as the International Committee works with collaborators from other regions of the world to help identify how NCCN Content can best be adapted to their regional needs and resources. This is an exciting time in global medicine."
Dr. Anderson created and chairs the BHGI, which develops and studies implementation of resource-sensitive, culturally appropriate guidelines for breast cancer early detection, diagnosis, and treatment in low- and middle-income countries (LMCs). As private sector advisor on the U.S. delegation to the 58th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Anderson contributed to the first World Health Organization (WHO) Cancer Prevention and Control Resolution passed in 2005.
Dr. Anderson also serves as Professor of Surgery and Global Health at the University of Washington School of Medicine and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in 2012.
Comprised of representatives from NCCN Member Institutions, the NCCN International Program Committee is being formed as a result of the growing global influence of and demand for the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®). The Committee is charged with providing programmatic guidance for the NCCN International Program's current and future initiatives around the world.
In 2012, nearly half of the registered users of NCCN.org reported that they lived outside of the United States and, concurrently, NCCN approved requests for permission for distribution of NCCN Content in more than 20 countries. To that end, NCCN has introduced new resources, such as Guidelines translated into multiple languages and avenues, including mobile applications, for enhanced access to the library of NCCN clinical resources available for utilization by the international community.
"NCCN's vision is to be the world's leader in defining and advancing high-quality, high-value cancer care," said C. Lyn Fitzgerald, Vice President, U.S. & Global Development. "Moreover, we are committed to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives, and we look forward to working with Dr. Anderson and the entire NCCN International Program Committee to help achieve our mission globally."
For more information regarding NCCN International Programs, visit NCCN.org/international.