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Inspirational Quote

A person who has a cat by the tail knows a whole lot more about cats than someone who has just read about them.
Mark Twain

John R. Seffrin

John R. Seffrin, PhD, has served as the chief executive officer of the world’s largest voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cancer – the American Cancer Society – since 1992. He also serves as CEO of the Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM.

Under Dr. Seffrin’s leadership, the Society has garnered billions of dollars in resources to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. During his tenure, Dr. Seffrin has made his organization’s voice heard in legislatures around this country and in forums worldwide. In the political realm, he has transformed the world’s largest voluntary cancer-fighting group into one of the world’s most progressive public health organizations.

Dr. Seffrin does not shy away from a fight, especially if the foe is the tobacco industry. He led the creation of the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids (now the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids), serving as its initial board chair. He served on the Advisory Committee to Congress on Tobacco Policy and Public Health; the US Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health; the President’s Commission on Improving Economic Opportunities in Communities Dependent on Tobacco Production While Protecting Public Health; and the Department of Health and Human Services Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health.

Ball State University, Purdue University, Thomas Jefferson University, and Indiana University have awarded Dr. Seffrin honorary doctorates in recognition of his more than three decades of leadership in the worldwide fight against cancer.