About Us


Fred R. Hirsch

Chief Executive Officer

Fred R. Hirsch, MD, PhD, is a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, U.S.A. His research interests include translational research, targeted therapies and early detection of lung cancer.

Dr. Hirsch holds a degree from the Copenhagen Business School, as well as a medical degree and doctorate from the University of Copenhagen. His specialty is medical oncology.  He became the CEO of IASLC in November 2013.

Pia Hirsch

Director of Education, Corporate Relations and Governance

Pia Hirsch joined the IASLC in 2003 and is responsible for corporate relations, including fundraising and arrangements of IASLC meetings, workshops and educational activities. She attended medical school at the University of Copenhagen and has a B.A. in Public Health Administration from Copenhagen Business School. She speaks Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, French and Hebrew. She is the IASLC staff liaison for the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Educational Committee and Awards Committee.

Kristin M. Richeimer

Director of Membership

Kristin Richeimer is responsible for increasing IASLC's membership and expanding the membership base to include new specialties and treatment providers from around the world.  She joined IASLC in 2010 after nearly nine years at USA Rugby. She has a bachelor's degree in German Language and Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and speaks German and French.

Murry Wynes

Scientific Projects Manager

Murry supports the mission of the IASLC through project management, research and technical assistance related to the current science, advances and trends in thoracic malignancies, and helping define deliverables. He will additionally assist IASLC management develop means to improve content and distribution of its educational products and services to achieve the organization’s strategic goals. Murry brings to the IASLC a strong history in project and fiscal management, clinical, translational and basic research, as well as scientific writing and presentation.

John Skadow

Director of Finance

John Skadow joined the IASLC in 2015 and is responsible for financial planning and the daily financial management of the IASLC and the IASLC Foundation. He is also responsible for contracts management, tax and audit processes, and financial risk management. John graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S in Accountancy and from the University of Colorado at Denver with an M.S. in Finance.  He is also a licensed CPA in the state of Colorado.

Vacant Position

Director of Communications

Pamela Freelon

Membership Coordinator

Pamela ensures accurate and efficient day-to-day operations within the membership department.

Before joining the IASLC in 2011, she coordinated medical education programs in pathology and radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She can be reached via email at Pamela.freelon@iaslc.org or by phone at 720-325-2956

Paul Silvey

Education Programs Coordinator

Mary Sharkey

Managing Editor, JTO

Mary Sharkey is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology with over 20 years experience in journal management with LWW/WoltersKluwer publications. She has managed Journal of Thoracic Oncology since its inception. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York where she also teaches writing. She lives and works in New York City.  She can be reached via email at thoraciconcology@earthlink.net  or by phone at 212-595-7717.

Mary Sharky

Vengie Lau

Asia Support

Vengie Lau works out of the IASLC Asia Office. She provides support to the IASLC by seeking educational opportunities and corporate sponsorship in the region. Lau has a Masters in Biochemistry from the Chinese University in Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.