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Rebecca Kirch

Director, Quality of Life and Survivorship, Cancer Control, American Cancer Society


Rebecca Kirch is responsible for working collaboratively to provide strategic direction, input, and insight to bridge the Society's survivorship-related research, policy, and program initiatives. Rebecca also serves as a quality cancer care knowledge expert for the Society's advocacy initiatives and activities to improve quality of life and reduce suffering for patients, survivors, and caregivers.


Prior to taking on this new role in October 2010, Rebecca was Associate Director of Policy for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the Society's advocacy affiliate, responsible for a portfolio covering basic and clinical research policy and improving quality of cancer care and survivorship.  Her work has involved particular emphasis on activities to advance pain and palliative care policies and practices for cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers - efforts that were honored in 2008 with the American Academy of Pain Management's Legislative Policy and Advocacy Award and a Presidential Medal of Honor from the American Pain Foundation.


Rebecca has worked for the Society's National Government Relations Department (now ACS CAN) in Washington, DC since June 2000.  Before joining the policy team in 2005, she served as Deputy Director of its federal lobbying team and as Project Director for the National Cancer Legislation Advisory Committee (NCLAC), producing the September 2001 report, Conquering Cancer:  A National Battle Plan to Eradicate Cancer in our Lifetime.


Rebecca has a law degree from Boston College Law School, and practiced seven years in New York State as a litigation attorney specializing in health care and education issues before joining the Society.  She graduated from Wells College in 1988 with a B.A. in Biology. 



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