President Obama Names Physician-Scientist Charles Sawyers to National Cancer Advisory Board

Pictured: Charles Sawyers

Physician-scientist Charles Sawyers

President Barack Obama announced on December 6 his intent to appoint Memorial Sloan Kettering physician-scientist Charles Sawyers as one of six new members of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB).

“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,” President Obama said in a White House press release. “I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

The NCAB and the President’s Cancer Panel are the only advisory bodies at either the National Institutes of Health or the Department of Health and Human Services whose members are appointed by the President. The primary task of the NCAB is to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and ultimately the President of the United States on a range of issues affecting the nation’s cancer program and, specifically, NCI operations. The NCAB reviews and recommends grants and cooperative agreements following technical and scientific peer review.

Revolutionizing the Molecular Treatment of Cancer

Dr. Sawyers, Chair of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program, is widely recognized as someone who is revolutionizing the molecular treatment of cancer. His research involves investigating the signaling pathways that promote the growth of cancer cells, with an eye toward designing new treatments.

His laboratory discovered the recently approved prostate cancer drug enzalutamide (Xtandi®), and Dr. Sawyers has been instrumental in the development of two drugs for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia: imatinib (Gleevec®) and dasatinib (Sprycel®), which work by blocking the activity of BCR-ABL, the mutant protein that causes the disease.

Dr. Sawyers is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and is President-Elect of the American Association for Cancer Research. He is past President of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Dorothy P. Landon-AACR Prize for Translational Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award, and the Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award.

Dr. Sawyers received his MD degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1985. He joined Memorial Sloan Kettering in 2006 after nearly two decades at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“Dr. Sawyers will be a wonderful addition to the NCAB – a body that advises on some of our nation’s most pressing issues in cancer research and treatment,” says Memorial Sloan Kettering President and CEO Craig B. Thompson. “His appointment is also a fitting tribute to a man whose work has made profound contributions to research in cancer-related molecular therapeutics.”


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Parabens. Que trabalho magnifico. Brilhante. Uma esperanca para milhares de pessoas!. Viva Dra. Sawyers, mil vezes viva!
Joy De Paoli - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil

Thank you for all your great work. Please keep up the good fight.

Thank you, Dr. Sawyers for your amazing work and congratulations on all of your achievements, accomplishments, and your new appointment by President Obama! What an honour for you and privilege for the world! Good luck with your future findings and advancements and keep up the great work!

i lost my only son to ewing carcoma at age 15 1/2. my current wife is a three time cancer survivor, breast cancer twice and non hodgkins lymphoma. my prayers are with you and your work. thanks

Congratulations & thank you for the work you do. As a lung and breast patient with a niece fighting a rare form of Hodgekins Lymphoma, now leukemia, I am personally aware of the need for more research! May your work help us all. Thank you for your dedication.

Congratulation, Dr. Sawyers! People from all countries are grateful to you.

Thank you. The world needs people like you, your work saves lives

Thank you for all of your past, present and future work to find a cure for this horrible disease.

Thank you for your amazing work!

I applaud your wonderful work in cancer research and thank you.

Thank you for the wonderful work you do.

Thank you & Bless you for your work!

Thank you so much for all of the work you do!

I want to congratulate you on this honor. You have done some remarkable things with your research, and we certainly need to tackle this disease. I have just been reading an article in Newsweek about cancer research and how we must fund it or we can never end cancer. I am a cancer survivor, and have a mother and sister who have also had cancer (each of us have had a different kind), so this is very personal to me.
Thank you and best wishes!

Thank you Dr. Sawyers! I am a cancer survivor :)

Thanks to you for all you have done and are doing! Your work is a blessing to many. Good Luck in your future endeavors.

Thank you for your hard work!

Thank you for your service to humanity, Dr. Sawyer.

Thank you Dr for important work we all have been waiting for but were starting to doubt improvements on cancer research and therapy would come. Well done. Now you're living in the Hall of Fame and you are also a source of hope to cancer patients and precancerous/ cancer risk people everywhere.

great job

Thank you Dr. Sawyers for your hard work and research resulting in new cancer treatments. Congratulations on your appointment to the NCAB!

He should have put Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn on that board. They could really help.
But how about working on prevention; that would seem like the best way to go to me.

Thank you for your amazing work.

Good work! Lets try to finish this and cure cancer!

Thank you Dr. Sawyers. Thank you from Mexico.

My Dear Dr. Sawyer: Congratulations, Sir upon your appointment by President Obama to the National Cancer Advisory Board. With your scientific knowledge and dedication to research, I feel we will finally, at long last, overcome cancer in all of its menacing forms and embark on a future free from this dreadful killing disease. I extend my very best wishes to you for every success as you undertake this new appointment.

I'm a cancer survivor and can't tell you how much I appreciate your efforts to conquer this terrible disease. Thanks for all your work

Thanks and keep up the good work.

Keep up the good work, Dr. Sawyers! We need more people like you!!!

Keep up the good work, Dr. Sawyers! We need more people like you!!!

Thank you for your research! Good luck.

Thank you for your wonderful work!

Thank you!! It's about time this world finds smart people like you! Cancer is hard, i watch people i love suffer from it, and I just wanna say what you are doing is greatly appreciated, by myself, and all of mankind.. :) Thanks

Congratulations, Dr. Sawyers! It's people like you who provide hope that one day cancer will be a thing of the past or at least be downgraded to the level of a chronic but manageable disease that will allow stricken individuals to lead long and happy lives!

Thank you!

Thank you for the incredible work you do! I am a Cancer Survivor and it's because of people like you - Thank you with all my heart! Keep up the great work - you are most appreciated!

I am a cancer survivor.Thanks to you Dr. Sawyers for your brilliant contribution to the fight against cancer.God bless you!

Congratulations and thank you for your work

thanks for ur efforts, i appreciate all ur achievements. thank u!

Thank you so much for the work you have done continue to do. Your contributions really matter to us.

Thank you, I hope you will also search natural plant based remedies as well.


Well done

I just wish a treatment had come to save my younger sister, but keep up the good work & save others.Many Thanks

Let us hope one day we will live in a world free from this disease. A world that puts patient and people before profit.

My thoughts are with you.

Thank you ,sir, from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you so very much for all the work you and your team have done to make lives better for so many people around the world. Many, many blessings to all of you....may you continue forward with many more accomplishments..

Thank you so very much for all the work you and your team have done to make lives better for so many people around the world. Many, many blessings to all of you....may you continue forward with many more accomplishments..

I dream the time where the cancer is over is coming.

Congratulations, Dr Sawyer!. You are a remarcable human being. Many people will be saved because of you. Thank you, and god bless you!!!