Elmer E. Huerta

Director of Cancer Preventorium at Washington Hospital Center Corp.

Elmer E. Huerta

Elmer E. Huerta

Director of Cancer Preventorium at Washington Hospital Center Corp.

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Interim Dean, Ended at Rush University Medical Center

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Founder at Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care & Prevention

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Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Prevent Cancer Foundation

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Vice Chairman at Prevent Cancer Foundation

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James Dudley Endowed Chair of Cancer Research at University of Colorado Cancer Center

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Founder at RCY Medicine

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Co-Founder at Ascenta Therapeutics, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Research!America

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Chief Executive Officer at American Cancer Society

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Distinguished Professor of the Practice, Strategy, Economics, Ethics & Public Policy at Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business

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Elmer E. Huerta
Director of Cancer Preventorium at Washington Hospital Center Corp.
Education
Master's in Public Health

Since its founding in 1916, the Bloomberg School has advanced research, education and practice to create solutions to public health problems around the world. Faculty, staff and students have helped eradicate smallpox, made water safe to drink, improved child survival, reduced the spread of HIV and uncovered the dangers of tobacco smoke. Researchers and scientists are now discovering ways to eliminate malaria, increase healthy behavior, reduce the toll of chronic disease, improve the health of mothers and infants, and change the biology of aging. Every day, the Bloomberg School works to keep millions around the world safe from illness and injury by pioneering new research, deploying knowledge in the field and educating tomorrow’s public health leaders.

Career History
Director of Cancer Preventorium
Current

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a not-for-profit, 926-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private hospital in the nation's capital and among the 50 largest hospitals in the nation. Founded in 1958, when three specialty hospitals merged to form a single institution, the hospital offers primary, secondary and tertiary health services to adult and neonatal patients. It shares a 47-acre campus with three medical facilities in Northwest Washington, D.C. During fiscal year 2012 (FY12), the hospital had 409,517 outpatient and 41,127 inpatient visits, as well as 3,567 births. Regional medical facilities referred nearly 9,300 of their most complicated medical cases to the Hospital Center during that time. The Hospital Center has one the region's most experienced medical/dental and surgical staffs, numbering 1,439 physicians, many of whom are involved in 400 clinical research trials currently underway. Its 29 clinical residency and fellowship programs attract nearly 350 medical students annually. MedStar Heart Institute, headquartered at the Hospital Center, is a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and is consistently recognized by U.S.News & World Report as one of the nation's "Best Hospitals" for cardiology and heart surgery. FY12 volumes included 8,262 inpatient cardiac admissions, 11,860 electrophysiology procedures, and 1,624 cardiac surgeries. Volumes in coronary artery bypass graft surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention are among the highest in the nation, according to UHC's Clinical Data Base. The Hospital Center's Ventricular Assist Device program is the only facility in Washington accredited by The Joint Commission. MedStar Washington Hospital Center is also a respected top facility in the Washington region in the areas of cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, orthopaedics, pulmonology, and urology. The Hospital Center's Primary Stroke Center, the first stroke program in the area accredited by The Joint Commission, admitted 748 patients in FY12. Through its affiliation with the National Institutes of Health Stroke Center, the hospital's stroke neurologists have access to leading-edge research protocols not available at other hospitals. Comprehensive cancer care makes MedStar Washington Hospital Center the preferred treatment facility for cancer patients compared to any other program in the nation's capital. In FY12, the Hospital Center had 86,206 outpatient visits, diagnosed 2,375 new cancer cases and treated 20,205 patients in its Center for Breast Health. The Hospital Center provides the full range of medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgical services, as well as access to leading-edge clinical trials, patient and family counseling, cancer education and community outreach programs. The MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute's kidney and pancreas transplantation programs, located both at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, are among the largest on the East Coast, with outcomes consistently exceeding the national average. During this fiscal year, 68 kidney transplants and three kidney/pancreas transplants were performed at the Hospital Center. MedStar Washington Hospital Center's most far-reaching presence is MedSTAR Transport. The air ambulance service has carried 55,224 patients since its inception in 1983, and in FY12, flew 1,790 helicopter missions. The MedSTAR Trauma program is one of the nation's most advanced level I shock/trauma units as verified by the American College of Surgeons. In this year, there were 2,587 trauma admissions and 91,258 Emergency Department visits, which included 22,581 patient admissions. Its adult burn center, recognized as a national model in burn care therapies and the region's only adult facility, treated 412 patients. The Hospital Center is committed to providing care to the underserved in its community. In FY12, the hospital provided $114 million in unsponsored care, a combination of $30.2 million in charity care and $83.8 million in bad debt.

Fellow in Oncology Research
Prior
Fellow in Cancer Prevention & Control
Prior

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is one of 11 agencies that compose the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NCI, established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The National Cancer Act of 1971 broadened the scope and responsibilities of the NCI and created the National Cancer Program. Over the years, legislative amendments have maintained the NCI authorities and responsibilities and added new information dissemination mandates as well as a requirement to assess the incorporation of state-of-the-art cancer treatments into clinical practice.

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Member Emeritus, Board of Directors
Current

Prevent Cancer Foundation provides cancer prevention services. The firm offers treatment for colorectal, prostate, breast, skin and testicular cancers. It also provides early detection research, education and community outreach programs across the country. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Alexandria, VA.

Member Emeritus, Board of Directors
Current

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. We urge Congress and the administration to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) at levels that keep pace with scientific opportunity. We also advocate for federal funding for global health research and a legislative and regulatory climate that stimulates growth in industry research and development.

Director
Prior - 2017

American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division, Inc. provided research and development for prevention of cancer. The company was founded in 1913 and was headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

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