Board of Directors

Ellen V. Sigal, Ph.D., Acting Board Chairman

Ellen V. Sigal, PhD, is Chairperson and Founder of Friends of Cancer Research, a cancer research think tank and advocacy organization based in the Washington, DC. Dr. Sigal serves on the Board of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health where she chairs its Public-Private Partnerships Committee. In 2010, Dr. Sigal was appointed to a six year term on the Board of Governors of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as a representative of patients and health consumers. Dr. Sigal also holds leadership positions with a broad range of cancer advocacy, public policy organizations, and academic health centers including: the American Association for Cancer Research Foundation Board; Research!America Board; M. D. Anderson Cancer Center External Advisory Board, the Duke University Cancer Center Board of Overseers, and The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Advisory Council.

During her more than twenty-year commitment to cancer research, Dr. Sigal has served in a number of critical public positions. She served on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors from 2003-2009, and the National Institutes of Health Director’s Council of Public Representatives from 2003-2006. She was a Presidential Appointee to the National Cancer Advisory Board from 1992-1998 where she chaired the Budget and Planning Committee that oversees the federal cancer budget.