UofL’s Chagpar among first to participate in ASCO’s Leadership Development Program
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Anees Chagpar, MD, director of the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Program at the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center, will be recognized as an inaugural graduate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s ASCO Leadership Development Program at the ASCO annual meeting, to be held June 4 – 8 in Chicago.
Chagpar was one of 10 clinicians chosen last year for the program, an initiative whose goal is to identify, select and train young ASCO members to become future leaders in the society, the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer, encompassing over 28,000 members.
The yearlong program is open to clinicians who have completed their final subspecialty training between 2001 and 2006 and are interested in becoming future leaders in both ASCO and oncology. Participants in the program learn valuable leadership skills and gain exposure to the roles and mission of ASCO and the society’s place in developing the future of cancer care.
Participants have the opportunity to network with ASCO leadership, gain proficiency with key ASCO research initiatives, participate in leadership “boot camp” at ASCO headquarters and receive firsthand advocacy experience on Capitol Hill in Washington.
UofL Department of Surgery chair Kelly McMasters, MD, PhD, wrote, "Since her recruitment to the University of Louisville in 2003, Dr. Chagpar has been tremendously productive academically, has become a nationally-recognized leader in the field of breast cancer and has taken on prominent leadership and administrative roles at UofL as well as numerous prestigious national and international professional societies."
“It was truly an honor to be chosen as one of the 10 people out of over 130 applicants for this program, which was designed to identify and groom the future leaders of the world's largest oncology organization,” Chagpar said. “ASCO does such meaningful work, both here in the US and around the world, in terms of improving the lives of cancer patients through research, education and clinical care. I'm really looking forward to taking more of a leadership role in this organization as time goes on.”
Over the past year, Chagpar had the opportunity to participate in an Action Project, during which her group was charged with finding innovative means for US oncologists to team with those in the developing world to address significant needs in a low-cost, practical and compelling way.
Her group developed an initiative to improve education and resource-specific cancer screening in less developed countries. As a result, Chagpar has been tagged to be part of the International Affairs Committee of ASCO three years, during which she hopes to move this and other initiatives further.
“One of the greatest joys of being part of this program was networking with ASCO leadership,” Chagpar said. “Members of the board, past presidents, and even the CEO were constantly there, and actively involved. It was great to get to know them and gain insight into the inner workings of ASCO.”
Chagpar enjoyed collaborating with colleagues within the group, as well.
“Working closely with the other nine stellar individuals who were also picked for this program from across the country was wonderful,” she said. “We all have very diverse backgrounds – but were able to synergistically work together. This truly will be the future leadership of ASCO.”
The group also was able to gain knowledge of the inner workings of partner organizations with which ASCO works, such as the National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration.
“Understanding how all of these work together to improve patients' lives was wonderful,” Chagpar said.
Chagpar will be recognized as completing the program on the evening of Thursday, June 3, during the ASCO Board of Directors' dinner.