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, Executive Director for Research Strategy, VCU Massey Cancer Center
  • Terry Hyslop, PhD, Professor, Division of Biostatistics; Director, Center for Health Equity; co-Leader, Cancer Risk and Control Program, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University
  • 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
  • Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society
  • William “Bill” Nelson, MD, PhD, Director, Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Julie Park, MD, Chair, Department of Oncology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • 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, Director, Yale Cancer Center
  • Jedd D. Wolchok, MD, PhD, Director, Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medicine

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.


  • CAB Chairs
    • Lisa Tealer, Executive Director, Bay Area Community Health Advisory Committee
    • Roxanna Bautista, Executive Director of Rise Up Solutions
  • Committee Chairs
    • Wilma R.  Batiste, CRC, NCPT, Chair, Faith Communities Committee (FCC)  
    • Michael Shaw, Chair, Men’s Health Committee (MHC)
    • Olivia Fé, Chair, SF Women’s Cancer Network
  • CAB Member Agencies
    • Amy Alanes, Women's Cancer Resource Center
    • Rina Bello, Bay Area Cancer Connections (BACC)
    • Joyce Cheng, Chinese Community Health Resource Center
    • Barbara Cicerelli Director, SFGH Cancer Navigation Program
    • Laura Coronado, Equal Opportunity Specialist, HHS region IX
    • Ysabel Duron Founder &, The Latino Cancer Institute
    • Maria Lemus, Vision y Compromiso
    • Jill Longcrier Patient Navigator & Client Services Manager, Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County
    • Carol McGruder Co-Chair, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC)
    • Ernesto Padilla CEO, Lake County Tribal Health Consortium, Inc.
    • Rob Tufel CEO, Cancer Support Community, SF Bay Area
    • Taunuu Ve'e Co-Chair & Co-Founder,  Regional Pacific Islander Taskforce


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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
  • Brian Cayne
  • Helmy Eltoukhy
  • Mark Garrett
  • Sujay Jaswa (chair, Innovation Committee)
  • Devyani "Devi" Kamdar (chair, Communications Committee)
  • 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.