Samuel M. Silver, MD, PhD, Elected Chairman of NCCN Board of Directors

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., March 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Samuel M. Silver, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been elected Chairman of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Board of Directors. Dr. Silver was previously Vice-Chairman of the Board and succeeds Thomas A. D'Amico, MD, of the Duke Cancer Institute. The change in leadership was formalized at the NCCN Board of Directors meeting held in conjunction with the NCCN 18th Annual Conference.

"NCCN thanks Dr. D'Amico for his outstanding service as Chairman of the Board of Directors of NCCN during the past three years, and we are extremely pleased that Dr. Samuel Silver has been elected as our new Chairman of the Board," said Robert W. Carlson, MD, CEO, NCCN. "We look forward to Dr. Silver's leadership and to working with him to even further improve the services provided by NCCN."

Dr. Silver is the Assistant Dean for Research and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. A recognized leader in the field of oncology, Dr. Silver was elected a Master of the American College of Physicians for 2013, and specializes in hematology. He is an esteemed member within NCCN, holding several leadership roles, most notably, Chair of the NCCN Governance Committee and member of the NCCN Executive Committee and the NCCN Guidelines Steering Committee.

"I am both humbled and excited to be elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NCCN," said Dr. Silver. "NCCN represents 21 of the world's leading cancer centers, and the clinical and research expertise that this encompasses is truly remarkable. This is an exciting time for the NCCN. The Board has just approved an extensive strategic plan, and over the next few years, we are planning many projects, including electronic point of service deployment of the NCCN Guidelines, the introduction of enhanced oncology pathways, and enlarging our influence in coverage and public policy, among many other changes. I look forward to working with our members, our new CEO, Dr. Robert Carlson, and the wonderful, dedicated NCCN staff."

Dr. D'Amico, of the Duke Cancer Institute, was Chairman of the NCCN Board of Directors since 2010. A committed member of several NCCN committees and NCCN Guidelines Panels, Dr. D'Amico will remain a Member of the Board.

Succeeding Dr. Silver as Vice-Chairman of the NCCN Board of Directors is Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, of Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network®(NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 21 of the world's leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency 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, high-value 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.

The NCCN Member Institutions are: City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA; Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center | Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA; Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC; Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA; Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA; The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD; Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL; The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Columbus, OH; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY; Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN; Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, CA; University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center, Birmingham, AL; UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA; University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, MI; UNMC Eppley Cancer Center at The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN.

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