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Robert A. Smith, PhD, FSBI

Steering Committee Member
American Cancer Society


Robert A. Smith, PhD, FSBI, is a cancer epidemiologist and Senior Vice-President, Cancer Screening at the National Office of the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Atlanta, Georgia. He also is Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University School of Medicine, and an Honorary Professor, Centre for Cancer Prevention, Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine at Queen Mary University of London. His primary research interests are cancer epidemiology, evaluation of cancer prevention and early detection programs, quality assurance in the delivery of health services, and cancer rehabilitation and survivorship. He received his PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1983. Prior to joining the staff at the ACS, he held positions with the Boston University School of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control.

At the ACS, he leads the development of cancer screening guidelines, and special research and policy projects focused on cancer prevention and control. He is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles, reports, and book chapters, and a frequent lecturer on cancer screening issues. He serves on many international and national government and professional advisory committees and working groups, and in 2017 was a member of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Handbooks Working Group for volume 17 on Colorectal Cancer Screening. Dr. Smith was one of the founding members of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, and has served as its Co-Director for 20 years. He also is a founding member of the National Lung Cancer Roundtable and the Principle Investigator of the first 3-year supporting grant. Among his honors, Dr. Smith is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Breast Imaging; in 2004 he received the Cancer Prevention Laurel for Outstanding National Leadership from the Prevent Cancer Foundation; and in 2011 he received the Medal of Honor from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Douglas E. Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd

Steering Committee Vice Chair
University of Washington


Douglas E. Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd, is The Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at University of Washington.   Prior to that he was Professor and Endowed Chair in Lung Cancer Research in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington, where he was the Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.  Dr. Wood received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and trained in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Wood is a world leader in thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology.  He is past president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Western Thoracic Surgical Association, and Seattle Surgical Society, previously serving as Director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and Chair of the ACGME Thoracic RRC.  Dr. Wood is currently the president of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation and president of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network (CTSNet). He serves as the chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Lung Cancer Screening Panel, vice-chair of the NCCN Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Panel, and vice-chair of the American Cancer Society National Lung Cancer Roundtable.  

Ella Kazerooni

Ella A. Kazerooni, MD, MS, FACR, FSABI

Steering Committee Chair
University of Michigan


Ella A. Kazerooni, MD, MS, FACR, FSABI, is a Professor of Radiology & Internal Medicine, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs & Director of Cardiothoracic Radiology at the University of Michigan / Michigan Medicine. With a Master’s degree in Clinical Research Design & Statistical Analysis, her research focuses on the development/ and evaluation of advanced imaging technologies applied to the heart and lungs, including lung cancer screening, coronary artery and aortic disease, pulmonary embolism, and diffuse lung disease. Her work in clinical and translational research earned her the University of Michigan Medical School’s prestigious Clinical and Health Services Researcher of the year award. She has given over 400 lectures, nearly 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 30 book chapters and 4 books. She began the Radiology Service Excellence Program at U of M, with the department achieving the highest patient satisfaction scores in the health system. She is a frequently invited speaker on the topics of patient centered care & service excellence, lung cancer screening and lung disease, and is passionate about mentoring and coaching faculty and trainees as clinicians & scientists and as leaders.

A past president of the ARRS, AUR, Society of Thoracic Radiology and the Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research, she is also an immediate past Trustee of the American Board of Radiology and has also served on the ACR Board of Chancellors.

Dr. Kazerooni is the vice Chair of the NCCN Lung Cancer Screening panel, and chairs the ACR Committee on Lung Cancer Screening including the Lung-RADS committee, worked towards the ACR Designated Lung Cancer Screening program under the CT accreditation program, and co-chairs the ACR’s Lung Cancer Screening Registry (LCSR). These efforts are focused on bringing quality lung cancer screening to high risk individuals, and reduce the mortality from the #1 cancer killer. Most recently,  she was named the inaugural chair of the American Cancer Society’s National Lung Cancer Roundtable.