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Mary Lou Smith, JD, MBA

Mary Lou Smith, JD, MBA

Member-at-Large

Mary Lou Smith is a co-founder of the Research Advocacy Network. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor and an ovarian cancer survivor and serves as co-chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Advocate Committee. She also serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment Guidelines Committees, the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (TBCRC), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Board of Scientific Advisors. She is a member of the Mayo Breast SPORE and the NCI Breast Steering Committee’s BOLD Task Force. Ms. Smith serves on the boards of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and Gateway for Cancer Research. She was a community member of the Rush University Medical Center Institutional Review Board for 10 years. Ms. Smith is past president of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and has served on the Cancer Leadership Council and the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Smith has worked in health care for more than 20 years in both hospital administration and consulting. She was involved in the development of numerous managed care products for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, including a pediatric cancer network. Ms. Smith has a Juris Doctorate with a health law certification and an MBA.