THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES HAROLD P. FREEMAN AS MEMBER AND CHAIR OF THE PRESIDENT'S CANCER PANEL
The President today announced his intent to appoint Dr. Harold P. Freeman to serve as Member and Chair of the President's Cancer Panel.
Dr. Harold P. Freeman, of Scarsdale, New York, has established himself as a distinguished academician and surgical oncologist. He has been Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University since 1989, and Director of the Department of Surgery at Harlem Hospital Center since 1974. In addition, Dr. Freeman has been a consultant in surgery at the Breast Service Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Freeman served as National President of the American Cancer Society from 1988-1989. He is the chief architect of the Cancer Society's Initiative on Cancer in the Poor, and is a leading authority on the interrelationships between race, poverty and cancer. Dr. Freeman was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1997.
Dr. Freeman received a B.A. degree from Catholic University of America and an M.D. degree from Howard University Medical School.
The President's Cancer Panel monitors the development and execution of the activities of the National Cancer Program and submits annual reports on the efficiency of the program to the President, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Congress.