Wender, 59, is an alumni professor and chairman of the department of family and community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital's Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He has been an ACS volunteer for 26 years. While already working on his new duties, Wender will be on the job full time starting in November.
“This is a pivotal moment in redesigning how we deliver healthcare in the United States, and the American Cancer Society is undergoing its own transformation process in part to respond to the challenge and opportunities of the moment,” Wender said in the release. “No other public health organization has greater potential in my view to partner with others to help ensure that we provide the continuum of care from prevention and detection to treatment and survivorship.”
The ACS said Wender's role will complement the epidemiological and translational research programs carried out by Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical and scientific officer of the ACS. And, together, they will provide expertise across the cancer-care continuum of prevention and early detection to scientific discovery, treatment, cure and end-of-life care.
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