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NCCN Board of Directors Welcomes New Chair and Vice-Chair

JENKINTOWN, Pa., April 11, 2007 —Al B. Benson III, M.D., has been elected to the position of Chairman of the Board of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Thomas A. D’Amico, M.D., has been elected to the position of Vice-Chairman.

Dr. Benson is the Associate Director for Clinical Investigations at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Benson is recognized internationally as a leading expert in the treatment of colon, rectal and other GI cancers. Dr. Benson has conducted research and written extensively about biologics, cancer therapy and cancer prevention. He has served NCCN in a variety of capacities, including as chair of several NCCN Guidelines Panels and committees.

Dr. D’Amico is Director of Clinical Oncology, Program Director of Thoracic Surgery and Associate Professor in the department of surgery at Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. D’Amico is a recognized thought leader with interests including lung cancer, esophageal cancer and thoracic surgery. His research focus has been the molecular biology of lung cancer and esophageal cancer. Dr. D’Amico is also a member of several NCCN Guidelines Panels and committees.

“I am excited and honored to accept this new role at NCCN,” Dr. Benson said. “With the combined expertise of our 21 NCCN Member Institutions, we will continue to make great contributions to oncology and to patients whom we serve.”

Dr. Benson assumes a position previously held by David Hohn, M.D., who served as chairman for 3 years and was responsible for substantial growth of NCCN. He remains active as a member of the executive committee and the board of NCCN.

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 27 leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. As the arbiter of high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers. The primary goal of all NCCN initiatives is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of oncology practice so patients can live better lives. For more information, visit

The NCCN Member Institutions are:

  • Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
  • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
  • City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center | Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
  • Duke Cancer Institute
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Stanford Cancer Institute
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Colorado Cancer Center
  • University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital