Who Leads SWOG
Our leaders are distinguished cancer researchers and clinicians from some of the nation's most respected universities and cancer centers.
Our Senior Leaders
Charles D. Blanke, MD
Professor of Medicine
Knight Cancer Institute
Oregon Health & Science University
Blanke holds SWOG's highest office, an elected post, and oversees the science, statistics, data management and operations of the network.
Anne F. Schott, MD
Deputy Chair and Vice Chair of National Clinical Trials Network Research
Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Michigan
Schott holds SWOG's second-highest office, assists in setting scientific and operational strategy, and oversees SWOG's treatment trials through the NCTN.
Lee M. Ellis, MD
Vice Chair for Translational Medicine
Professor of Surgical Oncology and Molecular and Cellular Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Ellis oversees SWOG's basic and translational medicine research, including biomarker driven trials.
Dawn Hershman, MD, MS
Vice Chair of the NCI's Community Oncology Research Program Research
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Hershman oversees the NCORP research portfolio, which includes prevention and epidemiology, cancer care delivery, symptom control and quality of life, and survivorship trials and also serves as co-chair of the cancer care and delivery committee.
Michael LeBlanc, PhD
Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Research Professor, University of Washington
LeBlanc is SWOG's senior statistician and oversees the group's Statistics and Data Management Center, which provides expertise in the design, implementation, monitoring, analysis, and interpretation of SWOG trials and translational medicine studies.
Our Executive Officers
These are SWOG's executive officers, who oversee the development of clinical trials in their specific area of responsibility and report on progress to the SWOG chair. They serve as key advisors to the chair, and act as liaisons to the National Cancer Institute.
Katherine Crew, MD, MS
Executive Officer for Cancer Survivorship and Prevention and Epidemiology Research
Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Columbia University
Julie R. Gralow, MD
Executive Officer for Breast and Lung Cancer Research
Director of Breast and Medical Oncology, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Professor of Medical Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine
Lisa A. Kachnic, MD
Executive Officer for Multi-Modality Research
Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Vanderbilt University
Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH
Executive Officer for Cancer Care Delivery and Symptom Control and Quality of Life Research
Co-Director, Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research
Professor of Medicine, University of Washington Medical School
Craig R. Nichols, MD
Executive Officer for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, Digital Engagement, and Patient Advocacy
Board of Directors, ASCO
Founder, Testicular Cancer Commons
Susan M. O'Brien, MD
Executive Officer for Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma Research
Director, Sue and Ralph Stern Center for Cancer Clinical Trials and Research, UC Irvine Health
James M. Rae, PhD
Executive Officer for Translational Medicine
Thomas H Simpson Collegiate Professor of Cancer Research, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, University of Michigan Medical School
Christopher W. Ryan, MD
Executive Officer for Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Melanoma, and Early Therapeutics Research
Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
Manuel Valdivieso, MD
Executive Officer for International and Quality Initiatives
Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan