Framework Review

Disease oriented, multidisciplinary expert panels of clinician scientists who practice medicine in the leading academic cancer centers in the United States develop the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®). Many of them also have experience teaching and treating patients in middle- and low-resource areas. However, for most, this activity comprises a limited portion of their experience.

In developing the NCCN Framework™, NCCN realized that review by clinicians who regularly practice in lower resource settings is a critical component in creating NCCN Framework™ that are acceptable and useful in these settings.  NCCN thanks those clinicians from around the world who have given their time and expertise to review the NCCN Framework™ and provide thoughtful input. The NCCN Framework Committee reviews the input from all international reviewers and update the NCCN Framework™ as appropriate.

NCCN extends its sincere gratitude to those clinicians from around the world who generously give their time and expertise to review the NCCN Framework™ and provide thoughtful input.

NCCN acknowledges the following experts:

  • Alfredo Aguilar, MD
    Director for Academic & Scientific Affairs
    Consultant Medical Oncologist
    Lima, Perú

  • Gaurav Agarwal MS, DNB, PDC (Endocr. Surg.), Cert-RACS (Australia), FACS
    President, Breast Surgery International
    Department of Endocrine & Breast Surgery SGPGIMS
    Lucknow, India

  • Hideyuki Akaza, MD
    Strategic Investigation on Comprehensive Cancer Network
    Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies/Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo
    Tokyo, Japan

  • Olusegun I. Alatise, MB.ChB, MSc, FWACS, FMCS
    Surgical Oncology/Gastroenterology Unit, Department of Surgery, College of Health Sciences
    Obafemi Awolowo University/Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex
    Ile-Ife, Nigeria

  • Zipporah Ali, MD, MPH, MPC, Dip. Pall. Care
    Executive Director
    Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)
    Nairobi, Kenya

  • Karina Aliaga, MD
    Unit of Basic and Translational Research on Cancer
    Consultant Medical Oncologist
    Lima, Perú

  • Maged El Ansary, MD
    Prof. of Pain Medicine, Al Azhar University.
    President and Editor in Chief ESRAPM
    Former Council Member IASP
    Council Member ARS
    Council Member APCA
    S. General AMUP
    Cairo, Egypt

  • Chandrakanth Are, MD
    Department of Surgery and Surgical Oncology
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Omaha, Nebraska 

  • Glauco Baiocchi, MD, PhD
    Director, Department of Gynecologic Oncology
    AC Camargo Cancer Center
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Professor Michael Barton, OAM
    Research Director
    Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research
    Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia

  • Ali Bazarbachi, MD, PhD
    Associate Dean for Basic Research
    Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
    Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiological Sciences
    Director, Bone Marrow Transplantation Program
    American University of Beirut, Medical Center
    Beirut, Lebanon

  • Yazid Belkacemi, MD, PhD
    Head of the Radiation Oncology Department
    Head of the Henri Mondor Breast Center
    APHP - University Hospital of Henri Mondor
    Créteil, France

  • Alberto Briganti, MD, PhD
    Professor of Urology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University
    Deputy Director of Urological Research Institute, Scientific Institute San Raffaele
    Milan, Italy

  • Jordi Bruix, MD
    Head, Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer
    Hospital Clinic
    University of Barcelona
    Barcelona, Spain

  • Maria Elena Cabrera, MD
    Hematology/Hematology Oncology
    Hospital del Salvador
    Titular Professor, Universidad de Chile
    Santiago, Chile

  • Felipe A. Calvo, MD
    Chairman, Department of Oncology General University Hospital Gregorio Marañon
    Madrid, Spain

  • Luis A. Castillo, MD, MPH
    Fundación Perez Scremini
    C.H.Pereira Rossell
    Montevideo, Uruguay

  • Alex Yuang-Chi Chang, MD
    Professor of Oncology, John Hopkins University
    Senior Consultant, Medical Oncology, John Hopkins Singapore
    Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore

  • Nathan I. Cherny, MD
    Norman Levan Chair of Humanistic Medicine
    Associate Professor of Medicine (BGU)
    Director, Cancer Pain and Palliative Medicine Service
    Department of Medical Oncology
    Shaare Zedek Medical Center
    Jerusalem, Israel

  • Su-Pin Choo, MBBS, MRCP(UK), FAMS
    Senior Consultant
    Curie Oncology
    Division of Medical Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore

  • Dilşen Çolak, MD
    Medical Oncologist
    Baskent University
    Bahcelievler/Ankara, Turkey

  • Adina Croitoru MD, PhD
    Titu Maiorescu University, Faculty of Medicine
    Fundeni Clinical Institute
    Bucharest, Romania

  • Professor Ian Davis, MB, BS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, FAChPM
    Professor of Medicine, Monash University and Eastern Health
    Head, Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
    Medical oncologist, Eastern Health
    Chair of ANZUP Cancer Trials Group
    NHMRC Practitioner Fellow (APP1102604)
    Box Hill, Victoria, Australia

  • Dr. Henry Ddungu
    Consultant, Hematology/Oncology
    Uganda Cancer Institute
    Kampala, Uganda

  • Yanhong Deng, MD, PhD
    Director, Department of Medical Oncology
    The Sixth Affiliated Hospital, Gastrointestinal Hospital
    Sun Yat-sen University
    Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

  • Ruoxu Dou, MD, PhD
    Attending Surgeon, Department of Colorectal Surgery
    Sixth Affiliated Hospital
    Sun Yat-sen University
    Guangzhou, China

  • Eva Duarte, MD
    Chief, Dept. of Symptom Control & Palliative Care, Instituto de Cancerogia (INCAN)
    Director, UNIPALIA Sanatorio Nuestra Señora Del Pilar
    Guatemala City, Guatemala

  • Hagar Elghazawy, MD, MSc, PhD
    Consultant of Clinical Oncology, Breast cancer Unit
    Ain Shams University
    Cairo, Egypt
    Former Observer at MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA

  • Shekinah Elmore, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    UNC School of Medicine
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina

  • Alexandru Eniu, MD, PhD
    Hôpital Riviera-Chablais
    Senior Medical Oncologist
    Disease Leader Breast Cancer
    Coordinator, Pole Oncology
    Vaud-Valais, Switzerland

  • Andre Fay, MD, PhD
    Chief, Medical Oncology Department - PUCRS/HSL
    Visiting Scientist - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Professor of Medicine - PUCRS School of Medicine
    Porto Alegre, Brazil

  • Jayant S. Goda, MD, DNB, MRes
    Professor and Clinician Scientist
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India

  • Cynthia R. Goh, MD, PhD
    National Cancer Centre Singapore
    Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School

  • Wojciech Golusinski, MD, PhD
    Department of Head and Neck Surgery
    Poznan University of Medical Sciences
    The Greater Poland Cancer Centre
    Poznań, Poland

  • Alfonso Dueñas González, MD, PhD
    Unit of Biomedical Research on Cancer
    Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas UNAM/Instituto Nacional de Cancerología
    Mexico City, Mexico

  • Satish Gopal, MD, MPH
    UNC Project-Malawi (Cancer Program Director, Assoc Scientific Director)
    UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (Assoc Prof Medicine)
    UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (Assoc Prof Medicine)
    UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (Adj Assoc Prof Epidemiology)
    University of Malawi College of Medicine (Hon Sr Lecturer)
    Malawi Cancer Consortium & Regional Center of Research Excellence for NCDs (PI)

  • Surbhi Grover, MD, MPH
    Associate Professor
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    Director of Global Radiation Oncology
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

  • J. W. Awori Hayanga, MD, MPH, FACS
    Assistant Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Outcomes
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

  • David Hui, MD, MSc, FAAHPM
    Associate Professor, Department of Palliative Care, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine
    Division of Cancer Medicine
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, Texas

  • Abdul-Rahman Jazieh, MD, MPH
    Chairman, Oncology Department
    King Abdulaziz Medical City
    Saudi Arabia

  • Anjum S Khan Joad, MD, DNB, MNAMS, GPC, Dip PallMed
    Department of Anaesthesia and Palliative Medicine
    Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Centre
    Jaipur, India

  • Adedayo Joseph, MD 
    Clinical Radiation Oncologist 
    NSIA-LUTH Cancer Center, Lagos University Teaching Hospital
    Lagos, Nigeria 
  • Dr Makarand Khochikar, MS, DNB, FRCS, FEBU
    Chief Uro-oncologist
    Siddhi Vinayak Ganapati Cancer Hospital, Miraj (India)
    President Elect - Urological Society of India - West Zone
    Board of Directors SIU

  • Israel Kayode Kolawole, MBBS, DA, Dip. Pall Med, FWACS
    Anesthetist and Palliative Care Provider
    University Ilorin / University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital
    Ilorin, Nigeria

  • Federico G. Antillón-Klussmann, MD
    Medical Director, Unidad Nacional de Oncologia, Pediatrica;
    Secretary, Universidad Francisco Marroquin, School of Medicine,

  • Luiz P. Kowalski, MD, PhD
    Director, Head and Neck Surgery and Otorhinolaryngology Department at A C Camargo Cancer Center
    São Paulo, Brazil

  • Irena Laska
    Executive Director
    Qendra E Kudesit Paliativ “Mary Potter” (Palliative Care Center)
    Korce, Albania

  • Jorge León Ch, MD
    Assistant Professor in Medical Oncology, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
    Senior Consultant/Chief of Gastrointestinal Oncology
    Lima, Perú

  • Ming Liu, MD
    Department of Urology
    Beijing Hospital
    Beijing, China

  • Emmanuel B.K. Luyirika, MFamMed, MPA, BPA, MBChB
    Executive Director
    African Palliative Care Association
    Kampala, Uganda

  • Hari Menon, MD, DM
    Senior Consultant Haemato-Oncology
    Cytecare Cancer Hospitals
    Bangalore, India

  • Sherif F. Naguib MBBCH, MS, MD, PhD
    Professor of Surgical Oncology
    Head of Breast Surgery Department
    NCI, Cairo University
    Cairo, Egypt

  • Dimitry Nosov, MD, PhD
    Head of Oncology Department
    Central Clinical Hospital
    Moscow, Russian Federation

  • Astrid Pavlovsky, MD
    Department of Hematology
    Centro de Hematología Pavlovsky
    Medical Director
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Joseph Pinto, MsC
    Unit of Basic and Translational Research on Cancer
    Lima, Perú

  • Ilya Pokataev, MD
    Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Chemotherapy
    Russian Cancer Research Center, Moscow
    Chairman, Pancreatic Cancer Guidelines Working Group
    The Russian Society of Clinical Oncology (RUSSCO)

  • Alfredo QY Pontejos, Jr, MD
    Professor & Chair
    Dept of Otorhinolaryngology
    University of the Philippines
    Philippine General Hospital
    Manila, Philippines

  • Ray R. Price, MD
    Clinical Professor of Surgery
    Utah School of Medicine
    Salt Lake City, UT

  • George Pupwe, MBchB, Mmed, FC Rad Onc
    Consultant Clinical Oncologist
    Cancer Diseases Hospital, Zambia

  • Danny Rabah, MB, BS, FRCSC, FACS
    Professor and Consultant Urologist
    Chairman Department of Surgery
    Director Cancer Research Chair
    King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH), King Saud University
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • Professor José María Ribera, MD, PhD
    Director of the Stem Cell Transplantation Unit, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol (HUGTP)
    Head of the Clinical Hematology Department and Director of the Stem Cell Transplantation Unit, Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO), HUGTP
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
    Barcelona, Spain

  • Morgan Roupret, MD, PhD
    Sorbonne Université, Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière
    Paris, France

  • Fidel Rubagumya, MD
    Resident Physician, Clinical Oncology
    Ocean Road Cancer Institute/Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Francesco Sanguedolce, MD, PhD, FEBU
    Fundació Puigvert, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ES)
    Associate Professor of Urology at Universitá degli Studi di Sassari (IT)

  • Isac I. Schnirer, MD, MHA
    Chief Medical Oncologist
    ProMed Cancer Centers
    Shanghai, China

  • Luis J. Schwarz, MD
    Unit of Basic and Translational Research on Cancer
    Consultant Medical Oncologist
    Lima, Perú

  • Mariana Serrano C, MD
    Unit of Basic and Translational Research on Cancer
    Consultant Medical Oncologist
    Lima, Perú

  • Ju-Fang Shi, PhD
    National Cancer Center/Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College
    Beijing 100021

  • Shailesh V. Shrikhande, MS, MD, FRCS (Hon)
    Head, Division of Cancer Surgery
    Chief, Gastrointestinal and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Service
    Professor of Surgical Oncology
    Deputy Director, Tata Memorial Hospital
    Mumbai, India

  • Navneet Singh MD, DM, FRCP (London)
    Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine
    Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER)
    Sector 12, Chandigarh, India

  • Bhawna Sirohi, MBBS, FRCP
    Consultant Medical Oncologist
    Mount Vernon Cancer Centre
    Northwood, Middlesex, United Kingdom
    Indian Affiliation:
    Previously Consultant Medical Oncologist,
    Tata Memorial Centre
    Mumbai, India

  • Coenraad Slabber, MD
    Mary Potter Oncology Centre
    Pretoria, South Africa

  • Martin Smith, MBBCh
    Assistant Head of School of Clinical Medicine
    Academic Head of the Department of Surgery
    University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Dr. C. Wendy Spearman, MBChB, FCP(SA), FRCP, MMed, PhD
    Head, Division of Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town
    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Tianqiang Song, PhD, MD
    Department of Hepatobiliary Tumor
    Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital
    Tianjin, China

  • Cezary Szczylik, MD, PhD
    Department of Oncology
    Postgraduate Educational Center
    European Health Center Otwock
    Otwock, Poland

  • Rainy Umbas, MD, PhD
    Chairman of the Board of Professors
    Faculty of Medicine University of Indonesia
    Faculty Staff
    Department of Urology
    Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital Jakarta

  • Vincenzo Valentini, MD
    Chairman Radiation Oncology Department - Gemelli-ART
    Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli
    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
    Rome, Italy

  • Carlos Vallejos, MD, PhD
    Professor of Oncology, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
    Director, Department of Medical Oncology
    Lima, Perú

  • *Professor Ajay Vora, MBBS, MD, FRCPath, FRCPCH
    Consultant in Paediatric Haematology and Professor of Paediatric Haematology
    Great Ormond Street Hospital
    *Provided input for the pediatric/AYA sections of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

  • Luhua Wang, MD
    Professor of Radiation Oncology
    Vice President of Cancer Hospital &
    Institute Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences &
    Peking Union Medical College
    Beijing, China

  • Gilian Wharfe, MD
    University Hospital of the West Indies
    Kingston, Jamaica
  • Xiaohua Wu, MD, PhD
    Professor & Chairman
    Department of Gynecologic Oncology
    Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center
    Shanghai, China

  • Allen EJ Yeoh, MD
    Viva-Goh Foundation Associate Professor in Paediatric Oncology, Department of Paediatrics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
    Khoo Teck Puat - National University Children's Medical Institute, National University Health System

  • Zhenyu Yin, MD, PhD
    Director/Geriatric Oncology Department
    Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital
    The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjng University Medical School
    Nanjing, China

  • Ashraf Zaghloul, MD, PhD, FACS
    Professor Of Surgical Oncology
    NCI, Cairo University
    President Of EGSSO