Dr. Joan Schiller is widely published and internationally recognized for her work in lung cancer clinical research. She is the Deputy Director of Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, holds the Andrea L. Simmons Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research, and is division director of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, which ranks among the top academic medical centers in the world. Dr. Schiller is also the principal investigator on many Phase I, II and III investigator-initiated and national clinical trials for lung cancer. For ten years, she served as chairperson of the Thoracic Oncology Committee of the Eastern Co-operative Oncology Group.
Prior to accepting her position in Dallas, for 22 years she was at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where she served as head of the University of Wisconsin Lung Cancer Disease Oriented Working Group, actively treated patients with lung cancer as head of the University of Wisconsin’s Combined Modality Lung Cancer Clinic, and was the principal investigator on many University of Wisconsin clinical trials for lung cancer.
Dr. Schiller graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She then completed a clinical fellowship in the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center where she became the Melanie Heald Professor in the Department of Medicine, Section of Medical Oncology, and subsequently served as head of the Lung Cancer Program at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Schiller has served on a variety of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) committees, including ASCO’s Program Committee, and Chair of ASCO’s Bylaws Committee. She is an editor for the Journal of Clinical Oncology, has served on the International Scientific Committee for the 10th and 11th World Conferences on Lung Cancer, and was a board member for the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. She is currently a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Schiller’s research has generated well over 200 publications that she has authored or co-authored, including articles, abstracts, book chapters, books, reviews and invited manuscripts.
In 2001, Dr. Schiller formed National Lung Cancer Partnership with colleagues throughout the nation, and serves as its President. She is actively involved in all facets of the organization.