CEO and Senior Staff

Meet ASCO's executive leadership team. The Society's executive leaders work closely with ASCO's Board of Directors to achieve ASCO's mission.

  • ASCO CEO and CCF CEO (ex-officio)

    Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO

    Board Term: 2006-2016
    Specialty: Radiation Oncology

    Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO, is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO. He has been an ASCO member since 1980 and served the Society in an array of volunteer capacities before accepting the position of CEO in 2006. Dr. Lichter’s research and development of three-dimensional treatment planning led to a Gold Medal from the American Society for Radiation Oncology. In 2002, he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

  • Chief Medical Officer

    Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO

    Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FASCO, is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of ASCO. He assumed this newly created position with the Society in February of 2013. Formerly the Chief of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine and Deputy Director of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, he is a highly respected leader in the field of clinical oncology. He specializes in new drug development and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. Dr. Schilsky is a Past President of ASCO, having served in the role during 2008-2009, and also a Past Chair of one of the National Cancer Institute’s Cooperative Groups, Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB).

  • Vice President & Chief Legal Officer

    Dina Michels, JD – ASCO Secretary

    Ms. Michels joined ASCO in 2006 in the newly created position of Vice President and General Counsel within the office of the Executive Vice President. She serves as ASCO’s corporate secretary and as general counsel to the Foundation. She has over 20 years of experience as a health care and corporate attorney. Prior to joining ASCO, Ms. Michels was a partner with Ropes & Gray LLP, in its Corporate Department and Health Care Group. She anchored the firm’s mid-Atlantic health care practice and represented numerous academic medical institutions and hospitals.

  • Conquer Cancer Foundation

    Nancy Daly, MS, MPH – Executive Director and Chief Philanthropic Officer

    Ms. Daly joined ASCO in 2004 as Director of Cancer Research Policy. Her background in clinical research helped expand ASCO's focus on research issues and efforts. During the following years, the Grants Program grew and Nancy took on the role of Director of Grants for The ASCO Cancer Foundation. The Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants Program is one of the largest grants programs among professional societies, with more than $50 million in funding awarded since its inception in 1984. At the beginning of 2009, Nancy assumed the role of Executive Director for The ASCO Cancer Foundation, which was relaunched as the Conquer Cancer Foundation in 2011.

  • CancerLinQ LLC

    Kevin Fitzpatrick – CEO

    Mr. Fitzpatrick joined ASCO in 2015. He previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), where he jointly led the organization’s overall financial management and operational and strategic planning. Prior to joining the ACC, Mr. Fitzpatrick was Vice President of Business Development for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, and Managing Director of The Duke/Hewlett Packard Center for Outcomes Research and Director of the Trauma Research Laboratory at Duke University Medical Center. He received the Smithsonian Institution/Computer World Healthcare Computing Innovation Award in 1996.

  • Cancer Policy

    Deborah Kamin, RN, PhD – Vice President

    Dr. Kamin joined ASCO in 1998. As Vice President focusing on health care policy, Dr. Kamin supports a nationwide network of oncologists and oversees a range of initiatives in the fight against cancer. She promotes ASCO’s public policy positions with patient advocacy groups, medical specialty societies, government agencies, and Congress. Prior to joining ASCO, she directed health policy and benefit design for the Department of Defense civilian health insurance program, TRICARE, which covers over eight million beneficiaries.

  • Communications and Patient Information

    Kristin Ludwig – Vice President

    Ms. Ludwig joined ASCO in 1997. Ms. Ludwig’s career in communications spans almost 20 years. Beginning as an Account Executive with a local television and radio station, she progressed to serve as a Public Relations Senior Account Executive with John Adams Associates, a public relations firm in Washington, DC, where she gained valuable knowledge about government affairs and community outreach activities for associations and for-profit clients. Prior to joining ASCO, she was Director of Public Relations and Marketing with the Society of Nuclear Medicine for four years.

  • Education, Science and Professional Development

    Jamie H. Von Roenn, MD – Vice President

    Dr. Von Roenn, an ASCO member since 1986, joined the Society professionally in 2013 as the Vice President of Education, Science, and Professional Development. She has served on the ASCO Board of Directors; the ASCO Palliative Care Task Force; the Scientific Program, Cancer Education, and Cancer Communications Committees, among others; the Cancer.Net Editorial Board; and the Leadership Development Working Group. She is also a Fellow of ASCO, as well as a previous ASCO-ACS Special Award recipient.

  • Human Resources

    Kay Noll – Vice President

    Ms. Noll joined ASCO in 1998. She has more than 25 years of human resources experience, including a specialty in start-up human resource departments. She joined ASCO to formalize the human resources function and establish processes and procedures to respond to ASCO’s growth. For two years, she also managed administrative services, overseeing relocation to new headquarters. Prior to joining ASCO, Ms. Noll spent six years with GMAC/Residential Funding Corporation, where she served as Director of Human Resources and Administration for their mortgage lending division.

  • Clinical Affairs

    Stephen S. Grubbs, MD – Vice President

    Dr. Grubbs joined ASCO in 2015 as the Vice President of the newly launched Clinical Affairs Department. Before joining ASCO, Dr. Grubbs worked as a community oncologist and managing partner at Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants, PA, in Newark, Delaware. Dr. Grubbs is a volunteer and the Principal Investigator of the Delaware Christiana Care National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program and serves on the advisory council of the Delaware Cancer Consortium, of which he has been a member since 2003.

  • International Affairs

    Doug Pyle – Vice President

    Mr. Pyle joined ASCO in 2007. Mr. Pyle has more than 15 years of experience in international affairs in the public, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. Prior to joining ASCO, Mr. Pyle was the Director of Business Solutions for the International Services department of the American Red Cross, where he led strategic process improvements to the organization's global humanitarian operations.

  • Integrated Media and Technology

    Bernie Khoo – Vice President

    Hailed as a technology visionary in the nonprofit world, Mr. Khoo joined ASCO in 2002 and created the Internet Technology Department for the Society. Currently, he manages IT operations, meeting publishing, eLearning, websites, and the creative and production divisions. Under his leadership, the Integrated Media and Technology Department is the catalyst for innovation at ASCO, generating revenue for the Society while producing a prodigious amount of products and services across multiple media.

  • Journal Publications

    David Sampson – Vice President

    Mr. Sampson is Vice President, Journal Publications and Publisher. Prior to joining ASCO in 2013, he was an Executive Publisher in Elsevier’s health sciences journals division where he had P&L and strategic responsibility for a portfolio of more than 20 society-owned and proprietary journals. He also worked at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins in various leadership roles, including five years as Managing Director of its Asia office in Hong Kong. He was also an Executive Vice President at Conference Archives, now part of Coe-Truman Technologies.

  • Marketing

    Suzanne Brach – Vice President

    Ms. Brach joined ASCO in 2006. Prior to joining ASCO, Ms. Brach was Vice President of Membership Development for the Not-for-Profit Group of Performance Direct, a Chicago-based marketing agency, helping clients in Chicago and Washington, DC, enhance their membership programs and revenue streams. Ms. Brach has worked for the American Medical Association, first as director of Direct Membership Marketing and then as Director of New Opportunities, a position focused on enhancing the value proposition for the Association. She also served as Marketing Manager for the American Dental Association.

  • Meeting Services

    Jean Colvard – Vice President

    Ms. Colvard joined ASCO in 1996. She began her career in ASCO program support, and after two years of working in administrative management, she was appointed to lead and direct the work of the ASCO Member and Meetings Services Department. Under Ms. Colvard’s management, both the ASCO membership and the size of the Annual Meeting have grown, and several co-sponsored thematic cancers symposia have been successfully launched. Ms. Colvard contributes valuable continuity to the substantial undertakings of serving a diverse membership base and conducting large scientific and educational meetings.

  • Member Services

    Krista Barnes – Vice President

    Ms. Barnes joined ASCO in 2014 in the newly created position of Vice President within the Member Services department. Prior to joining ASCO, she was the Assistant Executive Director for Membership, Marketing and Communication Services at the Council for Exceptional Children. Previously, she has also served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the National Recreation and Park Association and Director of Member Services for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Marymount University.

  • Quality and Guidelines CancerLinQ

    Robert S. Miller, MD, FACP, FASCO – Vice President (Quality and Guidelines); Medical Director (CancerLinQ)

    Dr. Miller took on the role of Vice President, Quality and Guidelines and Medical Director, CancerLinQ in 2014. Since joining the Society as a member in 1992, he has served in numerous other capacities, including on the Board of Directors; the editorial board for the Journal of Oncology Practice; and as Editor-in-Chief of Cancer.Net. He has also served on the following committees: Quality of Care; Clinical Practice Committee; Cancer Education; and Integrated Media and Technology; he was also a member of the Health Information Technology Workgroup.