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New Volunteers Selected to Lead American Cancer Society
Date:10/25/2007

to quality cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services."

Elmer E. Huerta, M.D., M.P.H., a longtime Society volunteer, will serve as the new president and is the first Hispanic to hold this position. Huerta is the founder and director of the Cancer Preventorium at the Washington Cancer Institute at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to his clinical duties, Huerta devotes a large portion of his time to research and educational work with the Hispanic community. He is also the producer of Cuidando su Salud (Taking Care of Your Health), the only nationally syndicated Spanish-language radio show produced by a Latino physician that promotes health and disease prevention.

With more than 20 years of patient care, NCI-funded research, and educational experience, Dr. Huerta is recognized as a very reliable source of medical information in the Hispanic American 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 serves as a frequent expert medical commentator for a number of radio and television programs, including CNN Radio Noticias, Univision, CNN en Espanol, and Telemundo. Huerta is also the president and founder of Prevencion, 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 member of the Board of Directors of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and a founding member of the American Legacy Foundation and the Intercultural Cancer Council.

Huerta succeeds Richard C. Wender, M.D., who remains on the board as immediate past president. Wender is alumni professor and chair
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