Yale Law School to Host Major Cancer Policy Conference

January 2, 2018

On February 8-9, 2018, the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School and the Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital will host a free conference, The Policy, Politics & Law of Cancer. This conference will bring together health policy and oncology leaders, including ASCO Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Schilsky, who will examine a wide range of policy issues impacting the U.S. cancer care delivery system.

During the conference, participants will also assess the current state of cancer policy and discuss ways in which law can influence its development. More than 35 conference panelists and three keynote speakers will discuss the role that Washington, DC, plays in cancer care and cancer research. They will also examine how care is shaped outside of the federal government, through private entities and state government, and address special challenges, including drug development and pricing and inequalities and disparities in cancer care.

On the first day of the conference, Dr. Schilsky will join four other panelists in the opening discussion, Is the Federal Government a Productive Partner in Cancer Policy? This session will examine the federal government's role in cancer care policy and how policy decisions impact cancer patients and their care providers.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, DPhil – Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of The Emperor of All Maladies and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Norman Sharpless, MD – Director, National Cancer Institute
  • Harold Varmus, MD – Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College; Nobel Prize Laureate; Former Director of the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health; and former President and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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