Task Group Charge

To promote awareness of lung cancer as a women’s health imperative towards increasing prevention, early detection, and utilization of evidence-based initiatives in this unique population.


Leah Backhus, MD, MPH

Task Group Chair
Stanford University

M. Patricia Rivera, MD

Task Group Vice Chair
University of Rochester Medical Center

Task Group Members

Shonta Chambers, MSW
Patient Advocate Foundation

Ching-Fei Chang, MD
University of Southern California

Narjust Duma, MD
University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center

Louise Henderson, PhD, MSPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Claudia Henschke, PhD, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Gina Hollenbeck, RN, BSN
ALK Positive

Francine Jacobson, MD, MPH
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD
American Cancer Society

Karen Kelly, MD
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Linda Martin, MD, MPH
University of Virginia

Elridge Proctor, MPA
Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

Lori Sakoda, PhD, MPH
Kaiser Permanente

Kim Sandler, MD
Vanderbilt University

Joan Schiller, MD
Inova Schar Cancer Institute

Jill Siegfried, PhD
University of Minnesota

Patty Watkins
Chris Draft Family Foundation

Juan Wisnivesky, MD, DrPH, MPH
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Andrea Wolf, MD, MPH
Mount Sinai Hospital

Opportunities for Intervention/Influence:

  • Promote knowledge that lung cancer is a women’s health imperative
  • Promote knowledge that there is a disparate impact of lung cancer on women and in particular, on women who have never smoked
  • Explore strategies to mitigate factors contributing to disparities across the continuum of prevention (potential opportunity to interact with other task groups) screening, treatment, and survivorship care for women with lung cancer
  • Collaborate with NLCRT members to increase federal funding to support additional research strategies to explore the differences in women with respect to lung cancer risk factors, incidence, histology, prevention and response to treatment
  • Identify opportunities for policy interventions addressing issues related to lung cancer in women