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National Cancer Institute’s New NCD Coordinator

, by Ted Trimble

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I would like to take this opportunity to announce the new NCD coordinator for the National Cancer Institute, Dr. John Flanigan.  John will work across NCI and the other NIH ICs to coordinate efforts in addressing common risk factors for non-communicable diseases. He will also provide expertise in our engagement with the Caribbean and devise a plan to strengthen global pathology.

Over the last fifteen years, Dr. Flanigan has been an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine.  During this time he also served as a Senior Consultant to the NCI, Center for Global Health, where, among other activities, he advised on a variety of projects including research capacity building in the Caribbean basin, improving cervical cancer screening in Africa and the Caribbean, combining surveillance programs for NCDs and cancer registries, building the global disease surveillance workforce, developing the WHO global action plan for NCDs, and implementing mHealth-based tobacco cessation in low- and middle-income countries.  In addition, John spent five years traveling internationally to visit healthcare settings in the Caribbean, Pacific, and Africa regions.

I welcome you, John, to both NCI and CGH, and look forward to working with you for years to come.