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President Clinton Names M. D. Anderson Gynecologic Oncologist to National Cancer Advisory Board

President Clinton Names M. D. Anderson Gynecologic Oncologist to National Cancer Advisory Board
M. D. Anderson News Release 03/29/00

Dr. Ralph S. Freedman, a gynecologist and professor of gynecologic oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, has been appointed a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board by President Bill Clinton.

Dr. Freedman, who is also director of the immunology and molecular biology laboratory in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at M. D. Anderson, joined the cancer center in 1977. He is adjunct professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at The University of Texas – Houston Medical School.

As a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board, Dr. Freedman is one of 18 members to provide advice to the president, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the director of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Freedman has been appointed to a six-year term.

In addition to Dr. Freedman, three other representatives from M. D. Anderson have served on the National Cancer Advisory Board. They are: Dr. Frederick Becker from 1991-1996, Dr. Louise Strong from 1984 – 1991 and Dr. Robert C. Hickey from 1980 – 1986.

“It is indeed an honor to be appointed by the president to the National Cancer Advisory Board and advise policy makers on the future of health care, specifically cancer care,” said Dr. Freedman. “It is very rewarding to work with patients every day and make a difference in their lives, but this appointment will give me the opportunity possibly to touch millions of Americans.”

Dr. Freedman has served as a medical consultant for a number of national and international health and science organizations, including NASA, the World Health Organization, National Cancer Institute and the National Federation of Cancer Centers of France.

Dr. Freedman has published more than 130 journal articles and contributed to 13 textbooks and book chapters. He has given more than 100 lectures all over the world.

Born in Capetown, South Africa, Dr. Freedman received his medical degree and Ph.D. from Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. After serving on the faculty of the university and Johannesburg General Hospital, he came to M. D. Anderson in 1976 for a fellowship in the Department of Gynecology. He joined M. D. Anderson one year later as assistant professor of gynecology in the Division of Surgery.


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