Dr. Vincent DeVita elected president of the voluntary board of the American Cancer Society

Dr. Vincent DeVita has been elected president of the 2012-2013 board of directors of the American Cancer Society, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization.

Dr. Vincent DeVita

DeVita is the Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine at the Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, and professor of epidemiology and public health at the School of Medicine. He spent the early part of his career at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health where, in 1980, he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as director of NCI and the National Cancer Program. At NCI, he was instrumental in developing combination chemotherapy programs that ultimately led to an effective regimen of curative chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s disease and diffuse large cell lymphomas.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. The society is the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion.