Report Cover: L.A.U.N.C.H. Senior Leadership Think Tank - Exploring the Future of Connected Cancer Care in Rural America and Beyond - Click to view the document.

The Federal Communications Commission's Connect2Health Task Force and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health convened a groundbreaking meeting at FCC headquarters in Washington, DC, with senior thought leaders from both the public and private sectors and across the country. The broad expertise included representatives from government, academia, industry, healthcare systems, public health, biotechnology, design and innovation, and telecommunications. The day-long meeting was designed to usher in the next phase of the L.A.U.N.C.H. initiative by gathering information and individual expert input related to the initiative's efforts to date. Additional meetings with senior thought leaders are planned to obtain further expert input on the L.A.U.N.C.H. initiative and to provide for a broad range of interested stakeholders—from patients and caregivers to clinicians—an opportunity to participate in these important discussions. 

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Experience the Senior Leadership Think Tank Key Takeaways


  • David K. Ahern, PhD, L.A.U.N.C.H. Co-Chair; Senior Advisor, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, FCC; Director, Digital Behavioral Health & Informatics Research Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Catherine Alfano, PhD, Vice President, Survivorship, American Cancer Society; Professor of Oncology, Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Eliah Aronoff-Spencer, MD, PhD, Faculty, School of Medicine, University of California San Diego; Director, Center for Health, University of California San Diego Design Lab
  • Victoria Atencio-Goldin, Marketing Director, Amgen
  • David Bates, M.D., M.Sc., Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Medical Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis, Partners HealthCare; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Ben Bartolome, JD, Special Counsel, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, FCC
  • Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, KBE, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Faculty, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
  • Jessica Boten, MPH, Communications Specialist, Surveillance Informatics Branch, National Cancer Institute
  • Teresa Zayas Cabán, PhD, Chief Scientist, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • Ming-Yuan Chih, PhD, MHA, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, Education, and Research Clinical Leadership and Management, Human Health Sciences, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center
  • Anna Cupito, MPH, Research Associate, National Academy of Medicine Leadership Consortium
  • William S. Dalton, PhD, MD, Founder and Executive Chair, M2Gen, Moffit Cancer Center
  • Susan Dentzer, Visiting Fellow, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Elizabeth Driscoll, Legal Intern, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, FCC
  • Geoffrey Eich, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Blue Note
  • Michele Ellison, JD, Chair, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force; Deputy General Counsel, FCC
  • David Finley, MD, Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine; Director, Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center
  • Chris Gibbons, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, FCC; Founder and CEO, The Greystone Group
  • Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality; Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Katie Gorscak, Director of Communications, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, FCC
  • Ian Hargraves, PhD, Lead Designer, Shared Decision Making National Resource Center, Mayo Clinic
  • Drew Harris, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences and Department of Medicine, University of Virginia
  • Chris Hartshorn, PhD, Program Director, Nanodelivery Systems and Devices Branch, National Cancer Institute
  • Bradford W. Hesse, PhD, L.A.U.N.C.H. Co-Chair, Senior Advisor, Office of the Associate Director, National Cancer Institute
  • Alexandra Hubenko, Program Manager, Qualcomm Institute, University of California San Diego Division of Calit2
  • Paul Jacobsen, PhD, Associate Director, Division of Cancer Control, National Cancer Institute
  • Katherine Kim, PhD, MPH, MBA, Assistant Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing; Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, University of California Davis
  • William Klein, PhD, Associate Director, Behavioral Research Program, National Cancer Institute
  • Lisa Klesges, PhD, MS, Senior Advisor, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute
  • Mindy Krakow, PhD, MPH, MA, Cancer Prevention Fellow, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, National Cancer Institute
  • Angie Kronenberg, JD, Chief Advocate and General Counsel, INCOMPAS
  • Natassja Manzanero, MS, Telehealth Program Coordinator, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, Faculty, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Director, Cancer Survivorship, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Glen Mays, PhD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy, Colorado School of Public Health
  • Jacqueline McCarthy, JD, Assistant Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA
  • Melanie McComsey, PhD, Research Fellow, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force; Design Fellow, University of California San Diego Design Lab
  • Michael McGinnis, MD, MA, MPP, Senior Scholar and Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer, National Academy of Medicine; Executive Director, NAM Leadership Consortium on Value & Science-Driven Health Care
  • Tom Morris, MPA, Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Timothy Mullett, MD, MBA, FACS, Medical Director, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center
  • Lisa Nugent, Executive Director Customer Experience, Amgen
  • April Oh, PhD, MPH, Program Director, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, National Cancer Institute
  • Karen Onyeije, JD, LLM, Chief of Staff, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force; Associate General Counsel, FCC
  • Kevin Patrick, MD, MS, Director, Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at the Qualcomm Institute, University of California San Diego
  • Grant Patterson, MPH, Senior Manager, Oncology Value Based Partnerships, Amgen
  • Charles Pickering, Chief Executive Officer, INCOMPAS
  • William Pirl, MD, MPH, Vice Chair for Psychosocial Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Thomas Power, JD, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CTIA
  • René Quashie, JD, Vice President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs of Digital Health, Consumer Technology Association
  • Matthew Quinn, MBA, Senior Advisor for Health Information Technology, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Karen Rheuban, MD, Director, Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth; Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and External Affairs, University of Virginia
  • Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH, Division Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Christina Stone, Legal Intern, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, FCC
  • Tom Stroup, JD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Satellite Industry Association
  • Jamie Studts, PhD, Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine; Assistant Director for Cancer Prevention and Control; Director, Behavioral and Community-Based Shared Resource Facility, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center
  • Dan Sullivan, MBA, Executive Director, U.S. Value Based Partnerships, Amgen
  • Robin Vanderpool, DrPH, CHES, Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement; Professor, Department of Health, Behavior, & Society, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center
  • Sadie Whittaker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ScienceOne
  • Dana Wollins, M.S.G.C., Division Director, Health Policy, American Society of Clinical Oncology

Get Involved

To learn more about how you can participate in a future think tank or to join our mailing list, contact David Ahern at or