Rare Tumors Committee

The Rare Tumors Committee is a specialized committee established to address the unique challenges and needs of patients and healthcare professionals dealing with rare thoracic malignancies worldwide.
Rare Tumors Committee

Committee Responsibilities:

  1. Research: The committee is responsible for encouraging and facilitating research on rare thoracic tumors. They collaborate with leading institutions to tackle key scientific questions. Through scientific publications, whitepapers, and online platforms, the committee ensures that the latest advancements and discoveries related to rare thoracic tumors are accessible to the global medical community and the public.  
  2. Education: The committee is committed to developing educational programs and training materials for our members, nonmembers, patients and the public about the relevant aspects of the biology of these diseases, prevention strategies, accurate diagnosis, and effective management of rare thoracic malignancies. This includes organizing workshops, webinars, and other educational deliverables to disseminate knowledge and share best practices.  
  3. Collaboration: The committee facilitates cross-commitment and global collaboration among experts, researchers, and advocacy groups, fostering partnerships that can accelerate progress in the field. They promote international knowledge exchange and collaboration, encouraging multidisciplinary approaches to tackle rare thoracic tumors effectively.  
  4. Career Training: The committee is dedicated to training the next generation of rare tumor experts and supporting investigators across the career continuum.  
Mission

The committee aims to foster collaboration, diverse research, education and career development on rare tumors such as small cell, mesothelioma, and thymic cancers. By pooling expertise and resources, the committee strives to improve outcomes, raise awareness, and promote advancements in the understanding and management of these less common but often aggressive cancers.

Chair of Committee

Paul Baas
Paul Baas
2023 - Present

Roster

Paul Baas
Netherlands
The Netherlands Cancer Institute
Committee Chair
Sonja Klebe
Australia
Virtual Library Users
Board Liaison
Casey Connolly
United States
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
Staff Liaison
Prasad Adusumilli
United States
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Committee Member
Serap Akyurek
Turkey
Ankara University School of Medicine
Committee Member
Fatemeh Ardeshir-Larijani
United States
Winship Cancer Institute
Committee Member
Leanne Ashrafian
United Kingdom
NHS Trust
Committee Member
Marina Baine
United States
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Committee Member
Luka Brcic
Austria
Medical University of Graz
Committee Member
Paul Bunn, Jr.
United States
University of Colorado Denver Medical Campus
Member
Fiorella Calabrese
Italy
University of Padova
Committee Member
Michele Carbone
United States
University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Committee Member
Ying Cheng
China
JiLin Province Cancer Hospital
Committee Member
Marco Chiappetta
Italy
Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS
Committee Member
Andrew Churg
Canada
Vancouver General Hospital
Committee Member
Ibiayi Dagogo-Jack
United States
Massachusetts General Hospital
Committee Member
Liz Darlison
United Kingdom
University Hospitals of Leicester
Committee Member
Jules Derks
Netherlands
Maastricht University Medical Center
Committee Member
Elizabeth Dudnik
Israel
Davidoff Cancer Center, Rabin Medical Center
Committee Member
Daphne Dumoulin
Netherlands
Erasmus University Medical Center
Committee Member
Mohamed Emam Sobeih
Egypt
National Cancer Institute Egypt
Committee Member
Lynnette Fernandez-Cuesta
France
International Agency for Research on Cancer
Committee Member
Francoise Galateau Salle
France
Centre Leon Berard
Committee Member
Carl Gay
United States
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Committee Member
Ritu Gill
United States
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Committee Member
Bjorn Henning Gronberg
Norway
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Committee Member
Marcia Horn
United States
ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network
Committee Member
Gregory Kalemkerian
United States
University of Michigan
Committee Member
Diego Kauffmann-Guerrero
Germany
LMU
Committee Member
Ayten Kayi Cangir
Turkey
Ankara University School of Medicine Ibni Sina Hospital
Committee Member
Young Tae Kim
South Korea
Seoul National University
Committee Member
Mark Klein
United States
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis VA Healthcare System
Committee Member
Robert Kratzke
United States
University of Minnesota Medical School
Committee Member
Filippo Lococo
Italy
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Policlinico Gemelli of Rome
Committee Member
Benjamin Lok
Canada
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Committee Member
Aaron Mansfield
United States
Mayo Clinic
Committee Member
Daniel Mansilla
Argentina
Instituto de Oncología Angel H. Roffo
Committee Member
Alessandro Mariani
Brazil
NCOR - Heart Institute - Hospital das Clínicas FMUSP
Committee Member
Thomas Marron
United States
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Committee Member
Jessica Menis
Italy
University Hospital of Verona
Committee Member
Isabelle Opitz
Switzerland
University Hospital Zurich
Committee Member
Sanjay Popat
United Kingdom
Royal Marsden Hospital
Committee Member
Joshua Reuss
United States
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Committee Member
Andreas Rimner
United States
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Committee Member
Pedro Rocha
United States
Universidad de Barcelona
Committee Member
Anja Roden
United States
Mayo Clinic
Committee Member
Yoshitaka Sekido
Japan
Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute
Committee Member
Aparna Sharma
India
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
Committee Member
Daniel Sterman
United States
New York University School of Medicine
Committee Member
Malgorzata Szolkowska
Poland
Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases
Committee Member
Junko Tanizaki
Japan
Kindai University Faculty of Medicine
Committee Member
Anne Tsao
United States
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Committee Member
Yasuhiro Tsutani
Japan
Kindai University Faculty of Medicine
Committee Member
Shigeki Umemura
Japan
National Cancer Center Hospital East
Committee Member
Jeffrey Velotta
Kaiser Permanente Northern California , Oakland Medical Center
Committee Member
Ioannis Vlahos
United States
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Committee Member
Stefan Watzka
Austria
Karl Landsteiner Institute of Thoracic Oncology
Committee Member
Chunwei Xu
Institute of Cancer and Basic Medicine (ICBM) , Chinese Academy of Sciences
Committee Member
Marjorie Zauderer
United States
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Committee Member

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