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Sam Donaldson Named Inaugural Chair of NCCN Foundation Board

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) announces that veteran newsman Sam Donaldson has accepted the position of chair of the NCCN Foundation Board of Directors. The NCCN Foundation will seek philanthropic support for programs to benefit patients with cancer as well as researchers.

March 10, 2010

HOLLYWOOD, FL — The NCCN 15th Annual Conference: Clinical Practice Guidelines & Quality Cancer Care™ commenced on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 with an announcement that veteran ABC news anchor Sam Donaldson has been named as chair of the newly established NCCN Foundation Board of Directors.

William T. McGivney, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of NCCN, noted, “We are thrilled that Mr. Donaldson has accepted the position as chair of the NCCN Foundation Board of Directors. I am confident that he will provide wise and practical leadership as we look to implement programs that will benefit patients with cancer as well as researchers.”

The NCCN Foundation was recently established as the philanthropic affiliate of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) to embrace the NCCN mission of improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer, while providing additional information and resources for informed decision-making.

“As a champion of the NCCN and of the amazing work they do, I am honored to serve on the NCCN Foundation Board of Directors and look forward to lending my voice to contribute to its many significant accomplishments,” said Sam Donaldson.

One of the primary initiatives of the NCCN Foundation will be to gain support for the development of the NCCN Patient Guidelines. The NCCN Patient Guidelines are translations of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines™) into a patient-friendly resource outlining appropriate treatment.

“As one of the 12 million cancer survivors in the United States today, I can personally attest to the need for credible information that patients can use to help them navigate the overwhelming and emotional task of deciding on treatment,” noted Mr. Donaldson.

The NCCN Foundation will also seek philanthropic support for effective distribution of the NCCN Patient Guidelines as well as the translation of these guidelines into multiple foreign languages. It will also be looking to attain funds to develop and distribute NCCN Cancer Medication Information Sheets™ (NCCN CMI™), a resource to assist patients with safety and compliance concerns related to complex medication regimens, as well as developing survivorship programs for the growing population of cancer survivors.

Since research is a critical component to the ongoing advancement of cancer treatments, an additional focus of the NCCN Foundation is to develop programs to encourage and assist “Young Investigators” as well as nurses in conducting innovative and collaborative research in clinical oncology at NCCN Member Institutions.

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 Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 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 Rogel 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