Senate Committee Sets Hearing on Confirmation of Dr. Monica Bertagnolli as Director of National Institutes of Health

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Urges Swift Action to Instill Leadership Critical in the Fight Against Cancer

October 12, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C.— October 12, 2023 — Next Wednesday, the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee has scheduled a hearing on the confirmation of Dr. Monica Bertagnolli as the next director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network sent a letter to the Committee urging her confirmation.

A statement from Dr. Karen E. Knudsen, CEO of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), follows:

“Dr. Bertagnolli is an exceptional choice for the job, and we urge Senators to swiftly confirm her as the next director of NIH. Dr. Bertagnolli’s impactful career across the oncology spectrum and expertise in clinical trials will undoubtedly bring immediate and long-term benefits to those affected by cancer. She has already proven adept at harnessing the whole of government approach toward improving health and will bring this skill set to foster synergy amongst the Institutes. 

“Once confirmed, Dr. Bertagnolli will further strengthen the American Cancer Society and ACS CAN’s valued partnership with NIH and build on our joint commitment to end cancer as we know it, for everyone, by bolstering cancer research to improve the lives of patients today and solidify the path for the cures of tomorrow.”

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