“All our efforts within NCCN are focused on improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of patient care, so that patients can live better lives,” Robert W. Carlson, MD, NCCN's CEO told attendees at the 20th NCCN Annual Conference.
Dr. Carlson became NCCN's CEO in January 2013, after serving for many years as Chair of the NCCN Guidelines Panel for Breast Cancer and as a member of numerous other panels and committees. In his Keynote Address, he reflected on the achievements started before his tenure and described how NCCN will continue to grow under his leadership.
Dr. Carlson recognized NCCN's founding by “a group of visionary leaders who came together 20 years ago to assure access of patients to high-quality cancer care.” They came from 13 different academic centers “that traditionally competed for funding, faculty, students, and patients.”
“That commitment and focus on the patient was always central to NCCN and it continues, with our alliance now of 26 academic cancer centers,” he said.