Cancer and Aging: Implications for Cancer Survivors
Patricia A. Ganz, M.D., is a medical oncologist, a Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine and Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. She is also the Associate Director for Population Science at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles, and has been a member of the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine since 1978 and the UCLA School of Public Health since 1992.
In 1999, Dr. Ganz was awarded an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship for “Enhancing Patient Outcomes across the Cancer Control Continuum.” She was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2007, now National Academy of Medicine (NAM). She served on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors from 2002-2007 and on the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Board of Directors from 2003-2006. She received the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor in 2010, and the Komen Professor of Survivorship Award 1999-2000. She was a Komen Scholar from 2009 to 2019.
Dr. Ganz has served on three NAM consensus committees: From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor, 2005; Cancer Care for the Whole Patient, 2008; and Delivering High-quality Cancer Care, 2013, which she chaired. She is a pioneer in the assessment of quality of life in cancer patients and has focused much of her clinical and research efforts in the areas of breast cancer and its prevention. At the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, she leads Cancer Control and Survivorship Program. Her major areas of research include cancer survivorship and the late effects of cancer treatment, measurement of patient reported outcomes in clinical treatment trials, and quality of care for cancer patients. In July 2017, Dr. Ganz became Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI).
Dr. Ganz is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and received her M.D. from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1973.