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OEMH Leadership

Alexis A. Thompson, MD, MPH - Associate Director, was appointed in February 2008 and reports to the Director of the Lurie Cancer Center. The position is responsible for the development and oversight of initiatives within the Center aimed at reducing cancer morbidity and mortality in medically underserved populations, including ethnic/racial minorities, women and children. As a member of the Senior Leadership team, Dr. Thompson serves on the Executive Committee and Leadership Group, playing a critical role in establishing the strategic direction, policy and priorities of the Lurie Cancer Center. Dr. Thompson is currently the Section Head of Hematology at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She holds the A. Watson and Sarah Armour Endowed Chair for Blood Diseases and Cancer. Dr. Thompson has served on the Board of Directors for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), the American Cancer Society Disparity Task Force, and the Sickle Cell Disease Advisory Committee for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and is currently on the Executive Committee of the American Society of Hematology.

Shaan K. Trotter, MSc - Administrative Director, was recruited in September 2007 and works closely with the Associate Director in the development and implementation of all OEMH initiatives. He coordinates the efforts of faculty and staff in the Lurie Cancer Center that address cancer disparities, including 1) research pertinent to cancer in minority and medically underserved populations; 2) education and training of minority students; 3) community engagement and partnerships; and 4) advancing awareness of the benefits of cancer research and care to minority populations. Mr. Trotter brings more than 17 years' of experience working with minority and medically underserved populations, and has broad knowledge of urban public health campaign development and implementation, public policy and advocacy, and strategic planning. Prior to joining the Lurie Cancer Center's senior staff, he worked for the American Cancer Society - Chicago Region, and the Chicago Department of Public Health.