Vice President, Survivorship
American Cancer Society
Washington, District of Columbia – United States
Catherine M. Alfano, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Survivorship at the American Cancer Society (ACS) where she provides vision and leadership to ACS research, programming, and policy efforts nationwide to improve the lives of cancer survivors. She previously served as Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Survivorship where she created funding opportunity announcements in cancer survivorship and trans-disciplinary research and administered a grant portfolio of rehabilitation and lifestyle change trials in cancer survivors. Dr. Alfano trained as a rehabilitation psychologist and has focused her career in cancer survivorship. Her research interests include 1) Domestic and global efforts to improve interventions and models of care delivery for oncology, cancer rehabilitation, and survivorship; 2) Research to inform policy efforts that support healthcare reform to optimize patient outcomes, clinic efficiency, and healthcare costs; 3) Integrating multi-source Big Data including Real World Evidence to generate insights for predictive and prescriptive analytics and other digital health tools leading to better-personalized care approaches; and 4) The integration of biological and behavioral pathways governing health, accelerated aging, and cancer prognosis. In addition to her work at the American Cancer Society, she is an Adjunct Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center. She has held leadership positions as the Chair of the Cancer Special Interest Group of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and on the Research Task Force of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Cancer Networking Group and the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Survivorship Committee.
Friday, November 8
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM