The External Advisory Board consists of National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center directors, senior leaders, administrators, and scientists who provide advice to HCI related to its Cancer Center Support Grant and evaluate the Cancer Center's progress toward strategic goals.

External Advisory Board

Edward J. Benz, Jr. MD

President and CEO Emeritus, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Richard and Susan Smith Distinguished Professor of Medicine,
Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics,
Harvard Medical School

Biography Highlights:

  • Institute of Medicine Member
  • Past President, Association of American Cancer Institutes

Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD

Nobel Laureate
Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology and Physiology
University of California San Francisco

Biography Highlights:

  • Nobel Laureate
  • Lasker Prize
  • Albany Prize
  • Institute of Medicine Member
  • Past President, American Association for Cancer Research

Michael A. Caligiuri, MD

President, National Medical Center and Physician-in-Chief 
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center

Biography Highlights:

  • Institute of Medicine Member
  • Past President, Association of American Cancer Institutes
  • President, American Association for Cancer Research, 2018-2019

Brian Druker, MD

Director, OHSU Knight Cancer Center
Associate Dean for Oncology, OHSU School of Medicine
JELD-WEN Chair of Leukemia Research at OHSU
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator 

Biography Highlights:

  • Lasker Prize

Rob DuWors, MPA

Deputy Director, Administration and Planning
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California at Los Angeles

Biography Highlight:

Past Chair, Cancer Centers Administrative Forum

Elaine Fuchs, PhD

Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development
The Rockefeller University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

Biography Highlights:

  • National Medal of Science
  • Albany Prize
  • Institute of Medicine Member

Ernest T. Hawk, MD, MPH

Vice President and Division Head for Cancer Control and Population Sciences
Boone Pickens Distinguished Chair for Early Prevention of Cancer
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
University of Texas

Biography Highlight:

  • Past Director, National Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Centers

Timothy R. Rebbeck, PhD

Vincent L. Gregory Professor of Cancer Prevention
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Associate Director for Equity and Engagement,
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Biography Highlight:

  • American Association for Cancer Research Innovator Award

Thomas Sellers, PhD, MPH

Former Center Director and Executive Vice President
Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Biography Highlights:

  • Board Member, American Association of Cancer Institutes
  • Past Member, National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Counselors
  • Past Board Member, American Association for Cancer Research 

Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, FASCO

Associate Dean for Research Development
Professor of Medicine
Georgetown University Medical Center

Biography Highlight:

  • Past President, American Society of Clinical Oncology