Margaret Foti

American Association for Cancer Research

Dr. Margaret Foti is the chief executive officer of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). The AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. Under her visionary leadership, its membership has grown to over 34,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates in more than 90 countries.

She is a graduate of Temple University’s School of Communication and Journalism, and is an influential voice in advancing the field of cancer research in the United States and abroad. She was elected president of three professional societies in scholarly publishing and in cancer research. She has also served as a board member, committee member, consultant and advisor to a variety of nonprofit cancer organizations.  Dr. Foti routinely serves as a key advisor to AACR’s Program Planning Committees where she guides their development of over 6,500 presentations for our annual meetings.  She supports and oversees the administration of AACR’s Councils with a legacy of fellows, women, and minority scientists whose careers have been advanced as a result of her mentorship and support.

Dr. Foti’s contributions to the cancer field have been widely recognized by awards from organizations and institutions around the world. Her lengthy list of formal recognitions includes honorary degrees in medicine and surgery from three universities in Italy and Spain.

Under Dr. Foti’s leadership, the AACR has served with distinction as the scientific partner of StandUp To Cancer (SU2C).  In this capacity, Dr. Foti and the AACR have brought extraordinary expertise and dynamism to their SU2C work with special emphasis in expert peer review, grant administration, and scientific oversight of team science and individual grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit.

As CEO, Dr. Foti serves as the lead representative to AACR’s ACCME programs and activities in continuing medical education for live events, journal education, and manuscript review. She provides guidance on its programs, presenters, and chairpersons. 

Among her most recent awards and presentations:

March 2014, Morton M. Kligerman Professorship Award recognizing outstanding contributions to the discipline of oncology, particularly in the area of research.

January 2014, Distinguished Grand Rounds Lecture, UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX entitled, “Reflections on the Cancer Research Landscape:  Where Do We Go From Here.”

November 2013, Invited Speaker at 22nd Asian Pacific Cancer Conference, Tianjin, Republic  of China entitled, “Global Progress Against Cancer, Challenges & Opportunities.

June 2013, Invited Keynote Speaker to give Mildred Scheel Distinguished Lecture, entitled, “AACR and Its Leadership Role in the Conquest of Cancer," German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany.

May 2013, Stanley P. Reimann Award for deep and far-reaching contributions to cancer service and medicine from Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA.