UM’s Daniel Armstrong Named Chair/President of American Cancer Society in Florida

Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., has been elected the 2011-12 chairman of the board and president of the American Cancer Society, Florida Division. In this role, he will oversee the governance body for all American Cancer Society activities in Florida.

“Dr. Armstrong brings tremendous skills to this position,” said Ralph DeVitto, chief executive officer for the Florida Division. “He understands the complex issues involved in the fight against cancer and has tremendous capacity to help us develop strategies to advance our life-saving mission. We are very fortunate to have someone of his caliber in this position.”

Dr. Armstrong, professor and associate chair of pediatrics, director of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the Miller School, and co-director of the Biobehavioral Oncology Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been an American Cancer Society volunteer since 1999.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as president and chairman of the board for the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society,” said Dr. Armstrong, who is also senior vice president, chief administrative officer and associate chief of staff at Holtz Children’s Hospital. “Cancer is a disease that can and probably will directly affect each of us or one of our immediate family members. The American Cancer Society in Florida has played a critical role in raising cancer awareness, providing critical transportation and support services, and advocating for public policy that decreases risk, increases research funding, and improves access to care for all Floridians affected by cancer. I am humbled by the chance to be able to serve the continued mission of the ACS and contribute to the likelihood that more and more children and adults with cancer will have many more birthdays.”

Dr. Armstrong has served as a member of the society’s National Assembly and chair of the Childhood Cancer Advisory Council of the society’s Florida Division, and the Reaching Out to Cancer Kids (R.O.C.K.) Scholarship Committee. He also has served as chair of the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Committee for the National Cancer Institute’s Children’s Oncology Group and was the recipient of an American Cancer Society national research grant. In 2009, he received the national Lane Adams Quality of Life Award.

“Danny Armstrong has given hope daily to patients and their families both at the University of Miami and by leading national research agendas to improve the outcomes for childhood cancer survivors with cognitive late effects related to their cancer and its therapies,” said Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., professor and chairman of pediatrics and associate executive dean for child health at the Miller School. “His compassionate and caring approach has led to the development of progressive late effects programs. He has been at the forefront of studying the cognitive effects of cancer treatments on children, and his team developed some of the first educational accommodation plans for childhood cancer survivors who needed a different way to learn and get through school because of the late effects of their cancer treatments. By promoting long-term medical homes for childhood cancer survivors and their families, new needs have been identified and addressed for these first generation survivors. Dr. Armstrong never stops caring and giving the hope of a bright future for children with chronic illnesses who would not have had such a great future without his inspiring leadership.”

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