The University of South Alabama Cancer Research Institute (USACRI) today announced that Raymond B. Wynn, M.D., has been appointed as an Associate Director of the Institute, and as the Elsie Colle Chair of Community Outreach, Information and Education.
Wynn, who was recently recognized as Mississippi's Physician of the Year by the Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association, the state's chapter of the National Medical Association (NMA), will direct the public education and health disparities research programs of the Institute - two vital elements in the Institute's battle against cancer. NMA is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States.
"Dr. Wynn is an extremely talented and energetic physician whose passion for improving the lives of all people impacted by cancer is reflected in his success in leading regional and national cancer education and prevention programs designed to improve those impacted by this disease," Dr. Michael R. Boyd, Abraham Mitchell Chair and Director of the USA Cancer Research Institute said. "His selection follows a national search for this key position that is central to the overall mission of the Cancer Research Institute."
The Abraham Mitchell Chair held by Boyd honors Mobile philanthropist Abraham Mitchell. The Elsie Colle Chair held by Wynn honors the memory of the late Elsie Colle, who resided in Spanish Fort, Ala., and died in 1991.
In addition to directing community outreach, Wynn, an extensively trained and highly experienced radiation oncologist, will lead and accelerate the growth of the Institute's expanding radiation oncology program as Chief of Radiation Oncology.
"Our goal is to eliminate the healthcare disparities in cancer success rates through education, and to ensure that everyone in our region experiences the full benefits of early diagnosis, advances in treatment and our growing understanding of ways to prevent cancer," Wynn said. "The opportunities to make a meaningful difference in our community are enormous. It is an exciting time to be part of the USA Cancer Research Institute."
Wynn, who most recently served as the Director of the Regional Cancer Center at Singing River Hospital System in Pascagoula, Miss., established two unique programs on the central Gulf Coast designed to address cancer disparities among the underserved and to improve access of cancer clinical trials. These projects are supported by competitive National Cancer Institute (NCI) grants.
From 1996 to 2000, Wynn served as assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology-oncology at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical Center in New Orleans and directed the radiation oncology program at the LSU Health Care Services Division. From 1997 to 2000, Wynn served on the executive board of the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center affiliated with the LSU Medical Center.
Throughout his career, Wynn has distinguished himself through community service. He has served as chairman of the health and wellness committee for the 100 Black Men of New Orleans and recently completed his term on the board of directors for the National Marrow Donor Program, and the NMA radiology section. He founded the Rochester, New York Minority Cancer Coalition, serving as chairman of the board from 1995 to 1996. From 1994 to 1996, he served on the board of directors of the Jo-Jo White Growth League of Rochester.
In 2003, Wynn was honored by the Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association with their Community Service Award. In 2001, he received the Social Service Award for Outstanding Service for Prostate Cancer Screening by the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity-Delta Omicron Boule. The City of New Orleans, in 1997, presented him with a certificate of merit for his outstanding community service.
Wynn is a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology and a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association; the American College of Radiology, currently serving as councilor at large; and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, currently serving on their government relations committee. From 1998 to 1999, he was vice president of the Louisiana Society of Radiation Oncology. In his work with the NCI, he has served as instructor for the Cancer Clinical Trials Education Program and participated in the NCI's Minority Prostate Cancer Study Group.
He is currently president of the NMA Mississippi Chapter, and serves as a Mississippi state delegate and the organization's Mississippi state speaker of the house. Wynn has also served as a cancer clinical trials instructor for the southern region of the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer, an outreach initiative of the NCI. He has also been a member of the breast cancer working group and the diversity strategic planning committee for the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, a clinical trials cooperative group supported by the NCI.
From 1996 to 2000, Wynn was involved in the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG), an international research cooperative now known as the Children's Oncology Group. At POG, he served on the brain subcommittee, minority affairs taskforce and the radiation oncology committee.
During the same period, he was also active in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, a national cancer study research group funded by NCI. Here, Wynn served on the Community Clinical Oncology Program steering and membership evaluation committee, the special populations subcommittee and the chemoprevention committee.
Wynn, from 1996 to 2000, was active with the Southwest Oncology Group, one of the largest of the NCI-supported clinical trials cooperative groups in the United States dedicated to clinical research in the prevention and cure of cancer in adults.
The mission of the USA Cancer Research Institute (USACRI) is to improve cancer survival rates for patients in the Gulf Coast region through prevention, diagnosis, treatment, research, discovery and new treatments.