Press Release – Rye Brook, N.Y. (March 16, 2017) – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to fighting blood cancer, announced it has appointed Gwen Nichols, M.D., chief medical officer (CMO). A physician and scientific researcher, Nichols has dedicated her career to advancing cures for cancers through a unique combination of clinical, academic and pharmaceutical experience. She will play a critical role in advancing LLS’s goal to find cancer cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.
Nichols will oversee LLS’s scientific research portfolio, patient access services and policy and advocacy initiatives:
“With extensive experience providing care directly to patients and working in the research laboratory to study cancer treatments, Gwen will elevate our ability to lead the charge in advancing cures for blood cancers and improving the lives of patients and their families,” said Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., LLS president and CEO.
Most recently, Nichols was oncology site head of the Roche Translational Clinical Research Center, where she worked to develop new cancer therapies, translating them from the laboratory to clinical trials. Prior to joining Roche in 2007, Nichols was at Columbia University for more than ten years, where she served as the director of the Hematologic Malignancies Program.
While at Columbia University, Nichols maintained an active clinical practice and received the prestigious honors of “Physician of the Year” from Columbia University and the “Humanism in Medicine Award” from the American Association of Medical Colleges.
Nichols trained in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and completed post-doctoral research and a hematology-oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she was an attending physician. She received her medical degree with honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Nichols has served on numerous academic committees and board appointments throughout her career, including LLS’s Medical Advisory Board in 2004. She has published more than 40 publications, mostly focused on oncology, during her research career.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit LLS.org.