Jamie Studts, PhD, FSBM

Steering Committee Member
University of Colorado School of Medicine


Jamie L. Studts, PhD, FSBM, is a Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Scientific Director of Behavioral Oncology. Dr. Studts also serves as the Program Co-Leader for Cancer Prevention and Control and Co-Director of the Population Health Shared Resource at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Dr. Studts served as Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Assistant Director for Cancer Prevention and Control, and Director of the Behavioral and Community-Based Research Shared Resource Facility at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. Dr. Studts is a licensed clinical health psychologist, and his interests address behavioral aspects of tobacco-related malignancies. His research develops and tests interventions to promote informed/shared decision making and behavior change among patients and clinicians regarding prevention, screening, and survivorship of lung and head/neck cancer. His research has been funded by NCI, NIDCR, NIDA, NIEHS, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, and the Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program. Dr. Studts is the Principal Investigator of the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative, and he previously served on the Institute of Medicine National Cancer Policy Forum addressing Implementation of Lung Cancer Screening. He is a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, a member of the Scientific Leadership Board for the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, and he recently joined the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Lung Cancer Screening and Smoking Cessation Panels. Dr. Studts also serves as the Chair of American Cancer Society National Lung Cancer Roundtable’s Survivorship, Stigma, and Nihilism Task Group. Recently, Dr. Studts received the Centerstone Healthcare Advocacy award in recognition of his efforts to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky.

Richard Wender, MD

Steering Committee Member
University of Pennsylvania


Richard Wender, MD, has dedicated his career to leading medical and public health efforts that strive to improve the quality of primary care, implement population health, and address social determinants of health in the continuous pursuit of equity for all people.  He was recently appointed as the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.   Dr. Wender spent the first 33 years of his career in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, including 12 years as the Alumni Professor and Chair of the Department.  At Jefferson, Dr. Wender and his team spearheaded innovative programs in geriatric medicine, palliative care, the patient-centered medical home, quality-based payment, refugee health, and community partnership.  From 2013 to 2020, Dr. Wender served as the first Chief Cancer Control Officer of the American Cancer Society.  He helped to build a cancer control team that launched a transformative national initiative to achieve 80% colorectal cancer screening rates in every community, a national and global campaign to increase HPV vaccination rates, and an enterprise-wide effort to help build healthier communities.

Dr. Wender has continuously advocated for the importance of preventive care and for the creation of an effective bridge between primary care and public health.   This includes providing 100’s of keynote addresses, at least one in all 50 states, and authoring numerous publications.  As Chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and a member of the steering committee for the President’s Cancer Panel cancer screening initiative, Dr. Wender is helping to lead efforts to promote the safe provision of cancer screening services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO

Steering Committee Member
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, is the Chief Clinical Research Officer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Leader of the Lung Cancer Program for the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. He is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Institute Physician at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Johnson served on the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Board of Directors from 2008 to 2011, received their Cancer Foundation’s Translational Research Professorship in 2008, and was selected as an ASCO Fellow in 2012.  Dr. Johnson was elected ASCO President for the 2017-2018 term, and served as Immediate Past President in 2018-2019.

Dr. Johnson has published over two hundred and forty research articles on a variety of topics, including the molecular basis of lung cancers and the development of targeted therapies for patients with specific genomic alterations in lung cancer. He is one of the investigators who discovered epidermal growth factor receptor mutations which have enhanced the treatment of lung cancer around the world. He also led the studies that led to the approval of dabrafenib plus trametinib for BRAF mutant non-small cell lung cancer.  His research is devoted to testing novel therapeutic agents for their efficacy against lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies.

Dr. Johnson completed his Medical Oncology training at the National Cancer Institute, where he served as an NCI faculty member from 1985 to 1998 and head of their Lung Cancer Biology section for six years. He came to Dana-Farber in 1998 to head the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology. Dr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago.

Jill Feldman

Steering Committee Member
EGFR Resisters


Jill Feldman is a lung cancer patient and advocate. When Jill was 13 years old, she lost her dad and two grandparents to lung cancer and then her mom and close aunt died of lung cancer when she was in her 20’s. She became a volunteer, an advocate and past president of LUNGevity Foundation before the unthinkable happened. In 2009, at 39 years old with four small children, Jill herself was diagnosed with EGFR positive lung cancer.

Jill continues to be involved with LUNGevity. She is also Deputy Chair of IASLC’s patient advisory board and a member of The Chicago Institute of Translational Medicine’s patient advisory board. Jill is committed to understanding and promoting patient-centered research as a member of the programmatic panel for the Department of Defense Lung Cancer Research Program, as a planning committee member on IASLC’s North America Conference on Lung cancer and as a member of the the ECOG-ACRIN Research Group’s patient advocate committee and thoracic committee. Jill has presented patient perspectives at conferences, including the World Conference on Lung Cancer hosted by IASLC and the virtual ASCO Education Program. She is a co-author of the ASTRO Guidelines for SBRT in early stage lung cancer that was published in an ASCO special article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

In 2017, Jill co-founded the EGFR Resisters, a grassroots, patient-driven community committed to accelerating research that will prolong and better the lives of people diagnosed with EGFRm lung cancer. Jill also continues to share her story in the media and at various events and participates in countless advocacy opportunities to shine a light on lung cancer and end the stigma associated with it.

Jane Kim, MD, MPH

Steering Committee Member
Veterans Health Administration


Jane Kim, MD, MPH, is Chief Consultant and serves as the principal adviser to VHA on all issues related to preventive medicine, and is responsible for promoting the expansion and improvement of clinical, research, training, and educational activities associated with the VHA preventive services through the design, development, and implementation of related policies and programs. Board-certified in preventive medicine and internal medicine, she also currently serves as an Associate Professor in Duke University’s Department of Medicine.

Joelle T. Fathi, DNP, RN, ARNP, CTTS, NCTTP

Steering Committee Member
University of Washington School of Nursing


Joelle T. Fathi, DP, RN, ARNP, CTTS, NCTTP, is an Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist who has dedicated the majority of her clinical career to oncology, including integral roles in thoracic surgery, pulmonary medicine, and lung cancer screening.   She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics at the University of Washington School of Nursing, has spent over 20 years providing direct patient care, and serves at local, national, and global levels as an expert and advocate in tobacco control.

Dr. Fathi is committed to preventing cancer and chronic disease while optimizing health outcomes through comprehensive patient education and innovation through technology.  She has served as the  Director of Nursing Practice and Health Policy for the Washington State Nurses Association and is a member of the Washington State Telehealth Collaborative.  Dr. Fathi is the lead or co-author of numerous publications.”

Gerard A. Silvestri, MD, MS, FCCP

Steering Committee Member

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston


Gerard A. Silvestri, MD, MS, FCCP, is the Hillenbrand Professor of Thoracic Oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina.  He completed training in Pulmonary and Critical Care at Dartmouth where he also obtained a degree in the health services research. He is a lung cancer pulmonologist with an interest all aspects of lung cancer care. Dr. Silvestri is an author and editor of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) lung cancer guidelines.  He has authored more than 200 scientific articles, book chapters and editorials. He currently serves on the editorial board of Chest. Dr. Silvestri was the 2017 President of the ACCP.

Jamie S. Ostroff, PhD, CTTS, NCTTP

Steering Committee Member
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Jamie S. Ostroff, PhD, CTTS, NCTTP, does independent and collaborative research that focuses on developing, evaluating, and implementing innovative, theory-driven, multi-level interventions to increase integration of evidence-based tobacco treatments and promote tobacco cessation, particularly among cancer patients, those seeking lung cancer screening, low-income smokers, and other vulnerable populations. Dr. Ostroff has published 150+ peer-reviewed papers demonstrating specific expertise in the assessment and treatment of tobacco dependence as well as tobacco-related health disparities. Dr. Ostroff is currently co-leading a multi-institutional partnership project focusing on training new investigators and building research capacity to address racial and ethnic disparities in smoking prevalence and use of evidence-based tobacco treatment and cessation outcomes. Dr. Ostroff also has clinical expertise in addressing the challenges associated with delivery of tobacco treatment in routine cancer care. Dr. Ostroff serves as Director of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Tobacco Treatment Program, a multidisciplinary, hospital-based, cessation program for tobacco dependent cancer patients providing evidence-based counseling and pharmacotherapy. Her primary clinical, training and research focuses on developing, evaluating and implementing tobacco use assessment and treatment in cancer care settings. Dr. Ostroff serves on the NCI/AACR Task Force on Assessment of Tobacco Use, the ASCO Tobacco Control Subcommittee of Cancer Prevention Committee, the Lung Cancer Alliance’s Medical and Professional Advisory Board and the National Lung Cancer Roundtable of the American Cancer Society.

Peter J. Mazzone, MD, MPH, FCCP

Steering Committee Member 
Cleveland Clinic


Peter J. Mazzone, MD, MPH, FCCP, is the Director of the Lung Cancer Program and Lung Cancer Screening Program for the Respiratory Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Mazzone received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario and his Masters in Public Health from Cleveland State.

Dr. Mazzone’s research has focused on many aspects of the Pulmonologists’ role in the field of lung cancer, including prevention, screening, nodule management, diagnosis, staging, and pre-operative evaluation. He has a particular interest in the discovery and validation of non-invasive molecular biomarkers.

Dr. Mazzone has led projects resulting in policy statements related to the “Components Necessary for High-Quality Lung Cancer Screening”, “Quality Indicators for the Evaluation of Patients With Lung Cancer”, and “Evaluating Molecular Biomarkers for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer”. He has participated in the development of policy statements related to smoking cessation in lung cancer screening, co-morbidities and lung cancer screening, implementation of lung cancer screening, and the identification of lung nodule research priorities. He led a recent update of guidelines for lung cancer screening for the American College of Chest Physicians, and has participated in the development of lung nodule management guidelines. He has had leadership or advisory roles in organizations with an interest in lung cancer, including the ACCP, ATS, ALA, and ACS.  He represented the ACCP and ATS in lung cancer screening advocacy efforts presented to CMS. He served as chair of the program committee for the ACCP’s Chest 2017 meeting, and has been Chair of the Thoracic Oncology NetWork for Chest. He has previously served the Thoracic Oncology Assembly of the American Thoracic Society as a member of the Nominating Committee and Planning Committee, which he chaired from 2015-2017.

Thomas P. Houston, MD, FAAFP

Steering Committee Member 
The Ohio State University College of Medicine


Thomas P. Houston, MD, FAAFP, is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. After a 10-year career in academic family medicine, he directed the American Medical Association’s tobacco control and public health advocacy programs. From 2003 to 2005, he held the Jim Finks Chair in Health Promotion at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and was Professor of Public Health and Family Medicine. From 2005-2016, he worked at the McConnell Heart Health Center in Columbus, and directed tobacco cessation and policy initiatives for OhioHealth. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University. He is past-president of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians.