Dr. Howard Sandler

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) appoints president-elect
August 05, 2022

Dr. Michael Kuettel, the new Secretary/Treasurer-elect, is a professor and Chair of the department of radiation medicine at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has served in multiple leadership roles for ASTRO, including a previous tenure on the Board of Directors as Chair of the Health Policy Council and a current role as ASTRO’s Advisor to the American Medical Association/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC), which advises Medicare on reimbursement rates. In his tenure as ASTRO’s Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Kuettel will oversee the budget for the society and work to keep members informed of financial activities. He also plans to continue his work to develop volunteers who are interested in health policy advocacy for the benefit of radiation oncology patients and providers.

Dr. Iris C. Gibbs, the new Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (HEDI) Council Chair, is a professor of radiation oncology and Associate Dean of medical student admissions for Stanford Medicine. A nationally recognized expert in radiation neuro-oncology and stereotactic radiosurgery, she also is the senior radiation oncologist on the Stanford Cancer Institute and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Pediatric Brain Tumor team. Dr. Gibbs has contributed to ASTRO in a variety of roles, including as an advisor to the HEDI Committee. In her role as the first HEDI Council Chair, Dr. Gibbs will work with other ASTRO leaders toward key goals such as improved radiation oncology workforce diversity, better access and equity in patient care, more visibility for people from historically marginalized groups and reduced health disparities.

Dr. Curtiland Deville, the new HEDI Council Vice Chair, is an associate professor of radiation oncology and molecular radiation sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as Clinical Director of Sibley Radiation Oncology and Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Proton Therapy Center. A leading advocate for health equity, diversity, and inclusion in radiation oncology, Dr. Deville previously chaired ASTRO’s HEDI Committee and was appointed ex-officio to the ASTRO Board in 2020. In his new role, Dr. Deville will continue to spearhead programs and initiatives that prioritize, strengthen and harmonize diversity efforts across ASTRO.

Dr. Douglas Martin, the new Clinical Affairs and Quality Council Vice Chair, is a professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations for the department of radiation oncology at The Ohio State University. He also is a military veteran with 20 years of active duty and reserve service in the Navy. The current Chair of ASTRO’s Clinical Affairs and Quality Committee, Dr. Martin has a long-term track record of promoting radiation safety and high-quality patient care in radiation oncology, including nearly a decade of service as a surveyor for ASTRO’s APEx - Accreditation Program for Excellence®. He will continue to focus on these areas in his new Board role, where he will help guide ASTRO’s quality and safety initiatives.

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