Joan Schiller, MD, Guest Faculty

Joan Schiller, MD, Adjunct Professor, University of Virginia; Board, Lung Cancer Research Foundation
Adjunct Professor, University of Virginia
Washington DC
Thoracic Oncology

Dr. Joan H. Schiller is former Division Chief of Hematology/Oncology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she led the institution's process to become a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center and then an NCI-designated comprehensive center in 2015, and former Deputy Director of the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in Dallas.


Dr. Schiller is widely published and internationally recognized for her work in lung cancer clinical research. She has served as chairperson of the Thoracic Oncology Committee of the Eastern Co-operative Oncology Group; an editor for the Journal of Clinical Oncology; a board member for the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and the principal investigator on many Phase I, II and III clinical trials for lung cancer. Dr. Schiller currently serves on the NCI Board of Scientific Counselors - Clinical Sciences and Epidemiology. She also serves on ASCO’s Guideline Panel for Systemic Therapy for Stage IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer and is a mentor for ASCO's Leadership Development Program.

Before serving as the Deputy Director of Clinical Investigation for the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia, and Chief of Hematology/Oncology, she was the division chief of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center and Deputy Director of the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in Dallas, where she held the Andrea L. Simmons Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research.

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’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.

Dr. Schiller is also the founder and President of Free to Breathe, a national advocacy organization aimed at raising awareness and funding for lung cancer, which has recently merged with Lung Cancer Research Foundation.

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