New President of INCTR USA Elected

INCTR is pleased to announce that the governing board of INCTR USA has appointed a well known oncologist, Elmer Huerta, to lead the US Branch. Dr Huerta has a special interest in cancer prevention - an area that has not previously been a major focus of INCTR. Dr Huerta's task in taking over the reigns of INCTR USA have been greatly simplified by Dr Raj Shah, INCTR USA's outgoing president, who has completed a full administrative restructuring of the branch, including appointment of a new advisory board. Since INCTR is planning to establish cancer prevention as an important element of its work, Raj Shah suggested to the Board of Governors that it consider appointing a new President with a strong interest in prevention. After some discussion the board was convinced that Dr Elmer Huerta, a well known oncologist currently working at the George Washington University was the right person for the job. The board was excited by Raj's suggestion and Elmer was elected unanimously by the board. Elmer delightedly accepted the post - he had just returned from a period in Peru, a long time friend and partner of INCTR , where he has worked with Dr Dr Tatiana Vidaurre, Director of INEN (Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas) on establishing a network of small cancer prevention centers in and around Lima. INCTR has designed a similar program, and in the coming weeks, we hope to work closely with Dr Huerta in the development of a prevention program that could form the basis of prevention programs in almost any country in the world. INCTR is looking forward to Elmer's Presidency and collaboration with Lima and Rajastan, where INCTR's prevention project is about to begin. Fortunately, INCTR will not lose the wise counsel of Raj Shah, who, although he will not run the organization on a day to day basis, will retain considerable interest in its well-being and success in its programs. It looks as though the US Branch is about to take off!

Dr Elmer Huerta's Biographical Information

Dr. Elmer Huerta is currently director of the Cancer Preventorium at the Washington Cancer Institute at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., which he founded in 1994. This low-income clinic accepts only people without symptoms for chronic diseases prevention and screening. There, in addition to his clinical duties in cancer prevention and screening, he continues his research and educational work with the Hispanic/Latino community. Through his educational work, Dr. Huerta has developed a high degree of respect and trust in the Hispanic community at the local, national, and international level.

Dr. Huerta was elected in 2007 as the first-ever Latino National President of the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Huerta was born in Perú, where he obtained his medical degree at the University of San Marcos in 1981. Trained in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology in Perú, he moved to the United States in 1987. He completed a fellowship in oncology research at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center in 1988. In 1991, he completed his residency in internal medicine at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore. Then, in 1992, Dr. Huerta received a Masters Degree in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He completed his fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, in 1994.

With over 30 years of patient care and educational experience, Dr. Huerta is recognized as a very reliable source of medical information in the Hispanic community and media. He is a prominent figure on Spanish-language radio and television, with shows that reach approximately 85 percent of Hispanic/Latinos in the United States and even extend into Latin America. He is currently Senior Medical Correspondent for CNN en Espanol.

His one-hour, daily, radio show “El Consultorio Comunitario” (The Community Clinic of the Air) has been on the air since 1994 and reaches approximately 75 percent of Latinos living in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. In addition Dr. Huerta hosts "Hablemos de Salud" ("Let's Talk About Health"), a nationally syndicated, weekly, television shows on health promotion and disease prevention.

Dr. Huerta is the President and Founder of Prevención, Inc., a non-profit company dedicated to the production and dissemination of educational materials for the Latino community, in the United States.

Dr. Huerta has repeatedly testified before the U.S. Congress on minority health issues and was appointed by President Clinton as member of the National Cancer Advisory Board in 1998. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship, Research America, and the Intercultural Cancer Council, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Legacy Foundation.

As a cancer researcher, he was the principle investigator for the Latin American Cancer Research Coalition, a National Cancer Institute funded program in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Some of his awards include The Broadcast Leadership Award by the Board of Sponsors of the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Congressional Families Action for Cancer Awareness/CRFA Leadership Award, The 1997 Leadership Award by the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health, the Year 2000 Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. The 2001 Walter C. Alvarez Award by the American Medical Writers Association, the 2002 Spirit of Life Foundation Humanitarian Award and the 2004 Innovations in Prevention Award by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. In 2005, Dr. Huerta’s Cancer Preventorium was recognized by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for its achievements in closing the Health Care Gap. In addition, the Cancer Preventorium is one of the models for The Patient Navigator, Outreach, and Chronic Disease Prevention Act of 2004 (H.R. 918/S.453).

In 2008 Dr. Huerta was selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States.

In 2013 Dr. Huerta was distinguished by the White House as Champion of Change in Public Health and Prevention and received the Medal of Honor by the Peruvian Congress.

Dr. Huerta is the author of the best-sellers La Salud Hecho Facil (Your Health Made Easy), published in 2013 and Confronting Cancer: A Guide for Patients and their Families, published in 2014.

Dr. Huerta, a soccer fan, lives in Clarksville, Maryland with his wife Susan and his daughter Patricia Margarita. His son Ricardo Emilio is in college.

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