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July 25, 2021
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ASTRO elects three new officers


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Members of American Society for Radiation Oncology elected three new officers to ASTRO’s board of directors.

Jeff M. Michalski, MD, MBA, FASTRO, has been chosen president-elect; Catheryn Yashar, MD, FASTRO, will be health policy council vice chair; and John Buatti, MD, FASTRO, will be science council vice chair.

They will begin their terms during ASTRO Annual Meeting, scheduled for Sept. 24-27 in Chicago.

Michalski is Carlos Perez distinguished professor and vice chair of radiation oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is recognized for his expertise in genitourinary cancers, pediatric cancers and survivorship.

Michalski’s focus areas will include equitable patient access to cancer treatment, ensuring diversity of radiation oncology clinicians and researchers, and developing policies and programs that will prepare clinicians for the evolving cancer care landscape.

“Radiation oncologists have led many essential and innovative clinical research advances that enhance patient outcomes and extend survival,” Michalski said in an ASTRO-issued press release. “We face ever-growing challenges, however, and as the world emerges from a transformative pandemic, we are reminded that collaboration, inclusion and equity are indispensable for progress, whether within our specialty, with our partners in multidisciplinary oncology or with our patients. "I will work to ensure that ASTRO's membership and leadership more closely represent the diverse populations we care for and that we protect access to critical and cost-effective cancer therapy for all communities.”

Yashar is professor of radiation oncology at University of California, San Diego. She is recognized for her expertise in gynecologic oncology.

Buatti is founding chair and professor in the department of radiation oncology at University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine. He also holds faculty appointments in neurosurgery and otolaryngology. He is recognized for his expertise in cranial malignancies, as well as efforts to improve the quality of cancer imaging in therapy.

Michalski will serve a 1-year term as president-elect, followed by 1-year terms as president, chair and immediate past chair of the ASTRO board. Yashar and Buatti will serve 2-year terms as vice-chairs, followed by 2-year terms as chairs of their respective councils.

ASTRO members also elected three members to the society’s nominating committee. They are Helen Shih, MD, MS, MPH, FASTRO, of Massachusetts General Hospital, Join Y. Luh, MD, of St. Joseph Hospital, and Kristy Brock, PhD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. They will begin 3-year terms in October.