ASCO Congratulates Dr. Barbara McAneny as First Oncologist Elected to Lead the American Medical Association

Statement by ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO
For immediate release
June 13, 2017


Rachel Martin

“Today, the delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) voted for Barbara McAneny, MD, FASCO, MACP, as the organization’s President-elect, making her the first oncologist elected to serve in this important leadership position. In our national dialogue on access to health care, patients with cancer often highlight the broader challenges facing the entire system. The awareness Dr. McAneny brings, as an oncologist at the helm of the largest physician association, will benefit patients and providers broadly. On behalf of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), I offer my congratulations to my friend and colleague, Dr. McAneny. I am delighted that she has been elected to represent the entire physician community and certain that her broad expertise and insight on today’s challenging healthcare environment will greatly benefit the practice of medicine and our patients.

Through years of dedicated effort, Dr. McAneny has consistently moved medicine forward by innovating new models that promote higher quality cancer care while significantly reducing costs. She has served ASCO with distinction, serving as a member of our Clinical Practice Committee, State Affiliate Council, as well as our Board of Directors and our liaison to the AMA House of Delegates. During her service, she provided critical insights into the challenges facing community oncologists, passionately testified before Congress, and continuously advocated on behalf of oncologists and patients with cancer. I am confident that she will bring this same energy and leadership to the American Medical Association.”

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Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn more at, explore patient education resources at Cancer.Net, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Visit ASCO in Action for the latest cancer-policy developments and read our cancer policy issue briefs for an overview of key policy issues.