Doug Ulman is a three-time cancer survivor and nationally recognised cancer advocate. After overcoming chondrosarcoma and malignant melanoma twice during college Doug and his family founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Doug led that organisation as Executive Director for four years before joining LIVESTRONG as director of survivorship in 2001. In his current role as President and CEO, Doug is responsible for the strategic vision and direction of LIVESTRONG. Doug currently holds numerous civic and charitable board positions across the country and completed a four-year term as the Chairman of the National Cancer Institute Director’s Consumer Liaison Group.
MOTIVATION FOR JOINING THE UICC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
My personal experience as a cancer survivor, coupled with my professional role as the CEO of an organisation focused on survivorship, access to care, stigma reduction, and global advocacy allows me to make significant contributions to the UICC Board ofDirectors.A specificexample of my organisation’s international involvement is the Summit we held in 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. This meeting brought together leaders from around the world to create a global task force aimed at addressing the international cancer burden. Since then. LIVESTRONG has been heavily invested in several international programmes in Mexico, Japan, and South Africa.I believe my involvement in several key UICC priority areas has helped me to contribute both to the organisation and its members. Specificall, my interest in global advocacy following the success of the UN Summit in New York in September 2011 has allowed me to be actively engaged with UICC. Additionally, my interest and involvement in the Global Task Force focussed on access to cancer care is important in moving the UICC agenda forward. Having served one two-year term thus far I have been able to engage in several UICC priority areas including our global advocacy work, as well as convening efforts such as the World Cancer Congress, World Cancer Leaders Summit and World Cancer Day. Currently, I am assisting in the evaluation of several models for moving forward the NCD Alliance. It would be an honour to serve for another term, and I look forward actively participating with UICC in the future.