J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD, MACP - Dr. Lichtenfeld is Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society. Among his responsibilities is directing the Society's Cancer Control Science Department. This group of internationally recognized experts focuses on the prevention and early detection of cancer, as well as emerging science and trends in cancer. The department is responsible for producing the Society's widely recognized guidelines for the prevention and early detection of cancer, including the role of nutrition and physical activity. In addition, Dr. Lichtenfeld oversees the Society's cancer control programs in health equities, global health and our preventive health partnership with the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.
Dr. Lichtenfeld is a board certified medical oncologist and internist who was a practicing physician for nearly 20 years. He has been active for many years in medical affairs on a local, state and national level. He has a long-standing interest in legislative and regulatory issues related to medicine, and serves on several national committees focused on physician payment, the quality of medical care and the role of health information technology in healthcare delivery.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann Medical College (now Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia, Dr. Lichtenfeld completed his postgraduate training at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, and has received several awards from medical organizations in recognition of his contributions to the practice of medicine. Dr. Lichtenfeld is married and resides in Atlanta and Thomasville, Ga.