Obama Nominates UCSF’s Mack Roach to National Cancer Advisory Board

Mack Roach III

President Barack Obama announced that he will nominate UC San Francisco’s Mack Roach III, MD, FACR, an internationally recognized expert on using radiation to treat and manage prostate cancer, to the National Cancer Advisory Board. “I am grateful these accomplished men and women have agreed to join this administration, and I’m confident they will serve ably in these important roles,” Obama said in a White House statement. “I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.” The National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) advises and assists the director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) about the national cancer program. By law, the advisory board must review and approve grants (second-level review) before they can be awarded by the cancer institute. “I am truly honored to be asked to serve and will do my best to make a difference,” Roach said about his nomination. Roach has worked as a professor of radiation oncology and urology at UCSF since 2000. In addition, he has served as the chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at UCSF since 2007. His previous positions at UCSF’s Department of Radiation Oncology include associate professor in residence from 1994 to 2000 and assistant professor in residence from 1990 to 1994. Roach has been a crusader in efforts to reduce health care disparities in outcomes for underserved population for more than 20 years. He served as principal investigator on a National Cancer Institute Health-Care Disparity Planning Grant designed to address the issue of inferior outcomes for minorities and other underserved populations.
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