THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO REAPPOINT HAROLD P. FREEMAN, M.D. AS CHAIR AND MEMBER OF PRESIDENT'S CANCER PANEL
President Clinton today announced his intention to reappoint Harold P. Freeman, M.D. of Harlem Hospital Center, New York, as Chair and member of the President's Cancer Panel.
The President's Cancer Panel is a 3-member group providing advice to the President on various aspects of the National Cancer Program. Freeman has chaired the Panel since 1991.
"The President's Cancer Panel plays an essential role in monitoring the nation's cancer program and guiding its progress into the future," the President said. "I admire Dr. Freeman's commitment to reducing death and suffering from cancer during this time of significant progress and considerable challenge in cancer research. The National Cancer Program is vital to our nation's health."
Harold P. Freeman, M.D. is director of surgery at Harlem Hospital Center, and professor of clinical surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City. He holds appointments in surgery at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, and Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He is a past national president of the American Cancer Society.
As chairman of the President's Cancer Panel, Dr. Freeman has stressed the issues of delivery of and access to care, focusing on cancer in minority populations, the role of poverty as a determinant of disease, and the impact of cancer as a family issue.