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School of Medicine Greenville

Luminaries in Medicine Speaker Series

The Luminaries of Medicine lecture series was initiated by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville in August 2012 to bring the local Greenville medical community into closer dialog with the most influential voices in healthcare and medicine. As we collectively imagine the transformation of health care delivery in the Upstate Region, we welcome all of our healthcare students and practitioners, local leaders, and members of the general community to join in the conversation through interaction with our speakers.

2016 Luminaries in Medicine Lecture

Richard C. Wender, M.D. Richard C. Wender, M.D.
Chief Cancer Control Officer, American Cancer Society

Tuesday, December 6
Reception: 5:00 pm
USC School of Medicine Greenville Rotunda

Lecture: 5:30 pm
USC School of Medicine Greenville Lecture Hall


About Richard C. Wender, M.D.

In 2006, Dr. Richard Wender was elected as the national President of the American Cancer Society, becoming the first primary care physician to serve in this capacity. As the current Chief Cancer Control Officer, Dr. Wender is charged with providing oversight and guidance for the national and global cancer control programs of the American Cancer Society, including cancer screening, tobacco control, access to care, and quality of life.

For 34 years, Dr. Wender worked as a family physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, including serving as Chair since 2002. Dr. Wender held numerous other administration positions at Jefferson, including serving as President and CEO of JeffCare, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's physician-hospital organization and President and CEO of Jefferson Medical Care, a group of Hospital owned primary care and specialty practices.

Dr. Wender has led numerous initiatives designed to improve preventive care and chronic disease management, including being a pioneer in the Patient Centered Medical Home initiative. He has served as an author of numerous scholarly works including co-authoring several cancer screening guidelines. Dr. Wender currently serves as chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, an organization consisting of nearly 80 organizations dedicated to eliminating colon cancer as a major public health problem.


Previous Luminaries of Medicine Speakers

  • 2016 David Irby, Ph.D.
  • 2015 Doug C. Wallace, Ph.D.
  • 2014 Kenneth M. Ludmerer, M.D.
  • 2014 Ronald. M. Harden, M.D.
  • 2013 David K.C. Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2012 Ben Carson, M.D.