Where were you born?
Louisburg, North Carolina
What school did you attend?
"Washington University, Georgetown University Medical School, Mayo Clinic for Medical Oncology
What IC do you work for?
The National Cancer Institute (NCI)
How many years have you worked at the NIH?
What gained your interest in the NIH?
I was recruited by the Division of Cancer Prevention.
What kind of work do you do at the NIH?
I am the Director of a large community clinical trials network that includes cancer care delivery research in communities where patients receive their care. I am a Branch Chief
What message would you like to send to young Blacks who are considering going to college?
You must have curiosity about your interest which often develops into a passion and commitment to pursue the topic in depth. Follow this path and seek out others who have travelled it.
Why did you choose to pursue a career in research?
I have been fortunate to have wonderful mentors in my career, from family members to national and international one. My passion and curiosity for breast cancer led me to really focus on research related the cancer and the multiple factors involved in improving access and health outcomes for this population.
What would you say is your most significant contribution to science or medicine?
My ability to lead and participate in clinical research that in its design helps all populations to benefit from its advances.
Regarding your career here at NIH, what accomplishment are you the most proud of?
The Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR) -- as program director and the challenge of implementing changes in community-based research, the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).