University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Advisory Boards

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center benefits from the expertise of external advisors who are leaders in the scientific, business, government and lay communities. Together, these teams are charged with advising the Cancer Center on matters of research, patient care, outreach and advocacy, and fundraising.


External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board (EAB) serves a key role in the Cancer Center’s planning and evaluation of its research programs and supporting research infrastructure. The EAB includes national leaders in laboratory, population, and clinical sciences in areas of cancer research that match the Cancer Center’s research programs. The board reviews the overall strategy and progress and makes specific recommendations to the President relating to recruitment, programmatic structure, shared resources, institutional commitment, and other relevant issues.

  • Chi Dang, MD, PhD, Scientific Director, Ludwig Cancer Research; and EAB Chair
  • Fred Appelbaum, MD, Executive Vice President and Deputy Director, Fred Hutch
  • Michael Berens, PhD, Deputy Director, Research Resources, Translational Genomics Research Institute
  • Eileen Dolan, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Biological Sciences Division, The University of Chicago
  • Anita Harrison, Higher Ed Consulting Director, Huron
  • Terry Hyslop, PhD, Director, Biostatistics, Duke Cancer Institute
  • Andrew Hyland, PhD, Chair, Department of Health Behavior, Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Michael Knopp, MD, PhD, Vice Chair of Research, Director of the Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging, The Ohio State University
  • William “Bill” Nelson, MD, PhD, Director, Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Julie Park, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine; Associate, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Electra D. Paskett, PhD, Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University Cancer Center
  • Elizabeth A. Platz, ScD, Deputy Chair, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Patrick Y. Wen, MD, Director, Center for Neuro-Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Eric P. Winer, MD, Chief, Division of Women’s Cancers; Director, Breast Oncology Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Jedd D. Wolchok, MD, PhD, Chief, Melanoma & Immunotherapeutics Service; Associate Director, Ludwig Center for Cancer Immunotherapy, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Patient and Family Advisory Council

The Patient and Family Advisory Council is comprised of UCSF patients and their caregivers who advise and engage UCSF staff and leadership.

The Cancer Center Patient and Family Advisory Council’s mission is to infuse the patient and family voice into the delivery of care, to bring about change that improves the patient and family experience, facilitates ease of navigation, and fosters healing and wellness throughout all stages of disease and recovery.  The Council's goals and objectives can be viewed here.

For information on the PFAC please contact Keren Stronach, MPH, Cancer Center Patient and Family Experience Specialist.

Community Advisory Board

Community Advisory Board of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer CenterThe UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Advisory Board (CAB), established in 2005, comprises representatives from the diverse geographic areas, ethnicities, and lifestyles of Northern California.  Members include representatives of community-based organizations, state and local health departments, community hospitals and medical practices, clergy, and cancer survivors and advocates.

  • Arnold Perkins, CAB Chair
  • Angela Sun, PhD, MPH, CAB Co-Chair; Executive Director of the Chinese Community Health Resource Center (CCHRC)
  • Wilma R.  Batiste, CRC, NCPT, Faith Communities Committee Chair; Board Member, San Francisco Interfaith Council
  • Roxanna Bautista, Founder and lead, Rise Up Solutions
  • Jim Bouquin, CEO, Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area (CSC)
  • Gloria Brown, MPA, Founding Chair, Faith Communities Committee; Co-founder, African American Community Health Advisory of San Mateo
  • Barbara Cicerelli, MPA, Director, Cancer Navigation Program, Zuckerberg San Francisco General
  • Laura Coronado, MPH, Regional Language, Health Disparities and Olmstead Coordinator, US Dept of Health & Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, San Francisco
  • Ysabel Duron, Founder, Latino Cancer Institute
  • Olivia Fé, Chair, SF Women’s Cancer Network; Founder and Executive Director,of Latina Breast Cancer Agency
  • Paula M. (Penni) Hudis, PhD, Board Treasurer, Women’s Cancer Resource Center
  • Carol McGruder, Co-Chair, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC)
  • Christina Rios, MPH, MSW, Senior Hospital Systems Manager, American Cancer Society
  • Michael Shaw, Men’s Health Committee Chair; Director, Urban Male Health Initiative (UMHI) of the Alameda County Department of Public Health

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Cancer Leadership Council

The Cancer Leadership Council (CLC) advises and assists Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCCC) president, in enhancing program quality and strategically expanding the scope of UCSF’s cancer research, clinical, and community outreach initiatives.

  • Dana Dornsife, CLC Chair
  • Nancy Hellman Bechtle
  • Brian Cayne
  • Helmy Eltoukhy
  • Dale Fishman
  • Mark Garrett
  • Sujay Jaswa (chair, Innovation Committee)
  • Devyani "Devi" Kamdar (chair, Communications Committee)
  • Arthur H. "Art" Kern
  • Joe Lonsdale (chair, Data Committee)
  • Joanne Stockman
  • W.G. "Van" Van Auken

The council meets regularly, and members actively participate on HDFCCC projects through the CLC committees and ad hoc project teams.