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Al B. Benson III, MD, FACP, Named President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers

April 2010

Al B. Benson III, MD, FACP, was named President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). Dr. Benson is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Feinberg School of Medicine and Associate Director for Clinical Investigations at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

"I am honored to serve as President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers," said Dr. Benson. "During my year as ACCC President, I hope to give voice to the importance of putting comparative effectiveness research and evidence-based medicine into practice. ACCC needs to be at the table with other oncology organizations. Oncology must have a definitive voice in the comparative effectiveness debate and how it evolves."

Dr. Benson has served on ACCC's board of directors since 2003 and has been active on ACCC's Strategic Planning Committee, Editorial Committee, New Technology Committee, Corporate Development Committee, Awards Committee, Bylaws Committee, Program Committee, and Membership Committee.

Dr. Benson's research is primarily in the areas of gastrointestinal cancer clinical trials, cancer clinical trials, biologic therapies, Phase I cancer clinical trials, and cancer guideline development. He has authored or co-authored numerous reports, reviews, and book chapters focusing on these topics. His research in biologics, cancer therapy, and cancer prevention has been awarded funding from a variety of sources including the NIH.

Dr. Benson has served on a number of committees for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and is currently a member of the Task Force on Quality of Cancer Care, and the co-chair of ASCO's Colorectal Cancer Surveillance Guidelines Panel, the Stage II Colon Cancer Guidelines Panel and the RFA for colorectal cancer liver metastases panel. He is also the chair of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Gastrointestinal and Data Monitoring Committees. In addition, he is a member of several medical societies, and serves as past-president of the Illinois Medical Oncology Society, past-president of the International Society of GI Oncology, and is a member and immediate past-chair of the board of directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). He was recently appointed as a Scientific Advisory Board member of both the Patient Advocacy Foundation and the National Patient Advocacy Foundation.

Since 1974, the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has served as a leading national multidisciplinary organization that sets the standard for quality care for patients with cancer. ACCC is dedicated to promoting professional learning opportunities and to providing a forum for members to network and enhance their skills in the business, clinical and management aspects of care for the cancer community.

(Last updated on June 21, 2013 )