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LCA Expands Senior Executive Team

WASHINGTON, DC:  [January 13, 2012]--Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) announced the expansion of its senior management team with the appointment of Kimberly Woods-Smith, RN, BSN as its new Director of Science and Medical Outreach.  

In this capacity, Kim Woods-Smith will have strategic and operational responsibility for interfacing with the Scientific and Medical community, researchers and other professional societies to foster deeper collaborations around LCA’s core programs and initiatives.

Woods-Smith will monitor developments in the lung cancer research pipeline and translate findings for consumer consumption to LCA stakeholders and the general public via LCA’s uniquely tailored consumer and patient centric formats. Woods-Smith will also serve as the primary point of contact for LCA’s Medical and Professional Advisory Board. 

“As a nurse and advocate, I saw LCA impacting the lives of lung cancer patients in ways that had not been done in the cancer care community before. LCA implemented programs that made such positive impact in lung cancer patient lives that I wanted to be a part of their strong team,” said Kim Woods-Smith. “I’m excited to put my nursing, outreach and advocacy background to good use and reach out to medical communities to better create lung cancer programs for patients moving forward.”

"To say we are thrilled to have Kim Woods-Smith now a part of our team would be an understatement,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President and CEO of LCA. “As she brings a depth and breadth of experience, respect, commitment, knowledge, and passion to LCA and the lung cancer movement like no other.  Kim will play a vital role interfacing with our medical community and professional societies and translating this work directly to the lung cancer community we serve. Kim is a dynamo and 120% committed to ending this disease as we know it.”

Woods- Smith brings over 24 years experience as a health care professional. She is highly respected in medical and advocacy circles with decades of experience interacting with doctors, researchers, volunteers, and other health care and policy professionals with a special clinical interest in lung cancer screening, lung cancer care standards and clinical implementation, thoracic oncology as well as  research and patient centric quality of care improvement initiatives. 

Woods- Smith was instrumental in helping to establish LCA’s Georgia chapter based in Atlanta and will continue to support LCA state chapter growth nationwide.  She is an ONS member and a nursing graduate of the University of Michigan