Lockridge and James to represent Vermont on American Cancer Society New England Division Board

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Wed, 08/12/2009 - 7:02am -- admin

The American Cancer Society’s New England Division Board of Directors announced the recent election of Dr. Leslie Lockridge of Newport, Oncologist with the North Country Oncology Services at North Country Hospital to a three-year term as a member of the Board. Dr. Ted James, a Surgical Oncologist/Breast Surgeon, and one of the multidisciplinary team members at the Breast Care Center at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, was elected to the Board in March, filling a partial term that ends in 2011. Lockridge begins his term on September 1, 2009.
“Dr. Lockridge has demonstrated a strong commitment to the fight against cancer through his deep concern for patients, and relentless advocacy on their behalf,” said Donald J. Gudaitis, CEO of the Society’s New England Division. “I know that his continued dedication and service in this new leadership position will help shape the focus and direction of the Society throughout New England as we advance our lifesaving mission.”
Prior to moving to Vermont, Lockridge was on staff of Brown University in Rhode Island and worked with the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Memorial Hospital. Earlier in his career, he also worked for three months as a physician in Zimbabwe, Africa.
“This is the type of thing you dream of when you are in medical school or in medical training,” Lockridge said. “This gives me the opportunity to have an impact on cancer research and treatment in the nation.”
Dr. Ted James joins the American Cancer Society New England Board of Directors after having worked with its Vermont office in improving access to health care for the state’s uninsured and underinsured. “Dr. James has been a valuable resource in our advocacy efforts in Vermont,” said Kelly Stoddard, Director of Government Relations & Advocacy for the American Cancer Society. “He has a deep understanding of the disparities existing in access to health care, and his expertise enabled us to work more effectively with lawmakers and volunteers on this issue.”
James is a member of the Vermont Cancer Center at UVM/Fletcher Allen and is active in research including exploring novel therapies for the treatment of breast cancer, developing strategies for breast cancer prevention, and helping develop quality measures in breast cancer. He serves as Chair of the Fletcher Allen Health Care Cancer Committee, Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer, and is the Quality Assurance Officer for the Division of Surgical Oncology at Fletcher Allen.
He will be replacing Dr. Richard Branda, now Interim Director of the Vermont Cancer Center, who has served on the board since 2003.
"It's been an honor to serve on the American Cancer Society's New England Board for the past six years, playing a role in many important projects, including the completion of the Hope Lodge in Chittenden County and other support initiatives,” Branda said. “I couldn't be more delighted with Dr. James's appointment to the ACS Board, as he's been a tremendous advocate for cancer patients here in Burlington and will represent Vermont very well."
“I’m honored to be elected to the American Cancer Society’s New England Board of Directors,” James said. “The information and services provided by the Society have never been needed more, and I look forward to working with my fellow Board members, American Cancer Society staff and volunteers in supporting the region’s cancer community.”
Lockridge and James will be members of the Society’s 25-person volunteer Board of Directors, providing leadership in governance activities. The New England Division comprises Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The merging of the six state Divisions into the New England Division took place 12 years ago.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Founded in 1913, the Society has 13 regional Divisions involving millions of volunteers across America, and local offices in 3,400 communities, including Williston.