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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on President Biden’s Intention to Appoint Monica Bertagnolli, MD, as National Cancer Institute Director

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    John Buarotti, Sr. Media Relations Specialist

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued the following statement following President Biden’s announcement of his intent to appoint Monica Bertagnolli, MD, to be the next director of the National Cancer Institute:

    “The AAMC supports President Biden’s intention to appoint Monica Bertagnolli, MD, as the new director for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health. As a surgeon at the Dana-Farber Cancer Center and a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Bertagnolli has strong credentials and extensive experience that will serve her and the country well in this position. 

    A distinguished leader as both a clinician and executive, Dr. Bertagnolli served as the president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine. In addition, she was the first woman to hold the title of Dana-Farber's chief of the division of surgical oncology, and will be the first woman to serve as NCI director.

    Throughout her career, Dr. Bertagnolli has advocated for increasing diversity in cancer care – both in advancing the diversity of doctors who are treating patients and conducting research, and in the racial and geographic makeup of people enrolled in clinical trials. The AAMC has long supported increasing clinical trial diversity to improve the validity and applicability of research outcomes for patients nationwide. 

    Dr. Bertagnolli’s leadership continues the NCI’s commitment to innovative research, community engagement, and providing excellent medical care for patients, survivors, and communities impacted by cancer. The AAMC is also grateful to Douglas Lowy, MD, NCI acting director, for overseeing the institute during this transition. We look forward to working with Dr. Bertagnolli and the full team at the NCI toward our common endeavors to improve the lives of patients and communities across the country.”


    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members comprise all 157 accredited U.S. medical schools; 13 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and the millions of individuals across academic medicine, including more than 191,000 full-time faculty members, 95,000 medical students, 149,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Following a 2022 merger, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International broadened the AAMC’s U.S. membership and expanded its reach to international academic health centers.