J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD, MACP, American Cancer Society
Dr. Lichtenfeld is Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society. Among his responsibilities is directing the Society’s Cancer Control Science Department. This group of internationally recognized experts focuses on the prevention and early detection of cancer, as well as emerging science and trends in cancer. The department is responsible for producing the Society’s widely recognized guidelines for the prevention and early detection of cancer, including the role of nutrition and physical activity. Dr. Lichtenfeld oversees the Society’s cancer control programs in health disparities and serves as the medical advisor to the Society’s nationwide Laureate program. He is well known for his blog (www.cancer.org/drlen) which addresses topics related to cancer care.
Dr. Lichtenfeld is recognized as a resource both within and outside the Society for his expertise in oncology and medical affairs. He serves as a liaison for the Society with many professional and public organizations, and is a frequent spokesperson on behalf of the Society on a variety of cancer related subjects.
A board certified medical oncologist and internist who was a practicing physician for over 19 years, Dr. Lichtenfeld has long been active in medical affairs on a local, state, and national level. He is active in several state and national medical organization and advisory committees and has a long-standing interest in legislative and regulatory issues, medical care delivery, the role of health information technology in healthcare and physician payment.
Dr. Lichtenfeld is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann Medical College (now Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia. His postgraduate training was at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Cancer Institute in Baltimore. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national honor medical society. Dr. Lichtenfeld has received several awards in recognition of his efforts on behalf of his colleagues and his professional activities. He has been designated a Master of the American College of Physicians in acknowledgement of his contributions to internal medicine.
Dr. Lichtenfeld is married, and resides in Atlanta and Thomasville, Georgia.