Tim Byers, M.D., MPH, associate director of the University of Colorado Cancer Centerand professor and associate dean of public health practice at the Colorado School of Public Health, has been named second vice president of the American Cancer Society's (ACS) National Board of Directors for 2010-2011.
Byers and 10 others recently were appointed to the volunteer board during the society's annual meeting in Atlanta. The ACS National Assembly and National Board of Directors, composed of elected volunteers since the organization's inception in 1913, are the primary governing bodies of the ACS, the nation's largest voluntary health organization.
"I am honored to serve as an officer of the American Cancer Society," Byers said. "The ACS is doing truly outstanding work in research, advocacy, education, and patient support at both the national and the grassroots levels. The hundreds of skilled staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have helped the ACS lead the way toward the historic progress we are now making in cancer prevention and control. I look forward to doing whatever I can to help the society have an even greater impact in the future."
As a nationally recognized epidemiologist, Byers originally served as a peer reviewer in the Extramural Research Grants program and as a member of the epidemiology team planning for Cancer Prevention Study-II analyses. He has been an ACS volunteer for nearly 30 years.
"Dr. Byers is a truly outstanding national figure in cancer prevention and a natural leader for the American Cancer Society," said Dan Theodorescu, M.D., Ph.D., director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center. "He has not only made significant contributions to the field of cancer epidemiology but has led our cancer center in this area to new heights. We are very proud and privileged to have him as our colleague."