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President Obama Appoints USC Professor Jonathan Samet To Key Administrative Post

Jonathan Samet, M.D.

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint University of Southern California Professor Jonathan M. Samet to the National Cancer Advisory Board.

Samet serves as the Flora L. Thornton Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Director of the USC Institute for Global Health.

“We are enormously proud of Dr. Samet and this well-deserved honor,” said Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito.  “Dr. Samet is an internationally respected leader in preventive medicine, and his contributions to the work of the National Cancer Advisory Board will be significant.”

Members of the National Cancer Advisory Board meet several times a year to advise the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Director of the National Cancer Institute with respect to the activities of the Institute.  The Board’s work includes reviewing and recommending support grants and cooperative agreements, following scientific and peer review.

"I am honored to be asked to join the National Cancer Advisory Board," said Samet, who will serve a five-year term. "My appointment comes at a critical moment in cancer research as we attempt to realize the promise of genomics and molecular medicine. From my perspective, tobacco control research remains a high priority as well."

In a press release issued by The White House to announce several appointments including Samet’s, President Obama said, “These dedicated individuals bring a wealth of experience and talent to their new roles, and I am proud to have them serve in this Administration.  I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

From 1994 to 2008, Samet was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously, he was Professor and Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division of the Department of Medicine at the University of New Mexico.

His research has addressed health risks posed by environmental agents, including active and passive smoking, indoor and outdoor air pollution, cancer occurrence among diverse populations, and patterns of cancer care.

Samet presently chairs the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration.  He is an elected member of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine.  Samet holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an S.M. from the Harvard School of Public Health, and an M.D. from the University of Rochester.

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