UCLA Distinguished Professor elected as Cancer Research Fellow

Dr. Patricia Ganz chosen for 2022 class of fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy
UCLA breast cancer researcher Dr. Patricia Ganz
Dr. Patricia Ganz

Dr. Patricia Ganz, UCLA distinguished professor of health policy and management, has been elected a fellow of the Philadelphia-based American Association for Cancer Research Academy.

Election to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Academy recognizes and honors distinguished scientists whose scientific contributions have propelled significant innovation and progress against cancer. The 2022 class includes 33 researchers from as many institutions in six countries.

“I am so very honored to have been elected a fellow of the Academy for 2022, and I look forward to working with my esteemed colleagues in the AACR Academy to address the critical clinical and population health challenges that we face in cancer care today and, in the future,” Ganz said. “Recognition of my work in cancer survivorship is especially meaningful, as there are more than 17 million cancer survivors in the United States, and even more throughout the world.”

Fellows of the AACR Academy serve as a brain trust of top contributors to cancer science and medicine who help advance the mission of the AACR to prevent and cure all cancers through research, education, communication, collaboration, science policy and advocacy, and funding for cancer research, officials said.

“These individuals from across the globe have all made quintessential contributions to cancer research,” said Dr. Margaret Foti, chief executive officer of the AACR. “The 2022 class consists of various luminaries who span the gamut of scientific disciplines. Collectively, their work has significantly accelerated the pace of progress against cancer and has served as an inspiration for countless cancer researchers.”

Ganz received her M.D. from the then-UCLA School of Medicine in 1973, and completed post-doctoral training in internal medicine and medical oncology at the UCLA Medical Center. She has been on the faculty of the School of Medicine since 1977, and joined the faculty of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in 1992. She is an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor, and was elected the National Academy of Medicine in 2007.

Since 1993 she has been the associate director for population science at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and currently serves as Director of the Cancer Center's Cancer Control and Survivorship Research Program, and also serves as director of the UCLA Fielding School’s Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research.