Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute Names Deputy Director of Clinical Investigation

Program to have strong focus on precision medicine

Feb 15, 2016, 09:00 ET from Inova

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Feb 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute recently named Joan H. Schiller, MD, the Institute's first Deputy Director of Clinical Investigation. Widely published and internationally recognized for her work in lung cancer research, Dr. Schiller is the former division chief of Hematology /Oncology at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center where lead UTSW's process to become an NCI-designated cancer center and then an NCI-designated comprehensive center in 2015. She was also Deputy Director of the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in Dallas. 

While in Texas, Dr. Schiller served as an editor for the Journal of Clinical Oncology. She is a board member for the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and the principal investigator on many national clinical trials for lung cancer, including Phase 1, 2 and 3 trials involving drugs that precisely target lung cancer mutations.

"I am absolutely delighted to welcome Dr. Schiller to the ISCI," said Donald "Skip" Trump, MD, CEO, Inova Schar Cancer Institute. "Dr. Schiller brings exceptionally strong leadership experience in both the conduct of complex clinical trials and in developing the infrastructure to carry them out. She is a terrific leader and a compassionate clinician and scientist. We look forward to leveraging her expertise in expanding our clinical investigations and enhancing our model of patient-centered care."

Dr. Schiller currently serves on the NCI Board of Scientific Counselors and has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications, including articles, abstracts, book chapters, books, reviews and invited manuscripts about the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. She is the founder and President of Free to Breathe, a national advocacy organization aimed at raising awareness and funding for lung cancer. 

Dr. Schiller graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She completed a clinical fellowship in the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center.

About Inova

Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that serves more than 2 million people each year throughout the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond.  Inova is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient services and facilities, primary and specialty care practices, and health and wellness initiatives.

Inova encompasses the full array of health services, including the area's only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 neonatal intensive care unit. We are home to many nationally and internationally recognized programs, including Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI), Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute (ISCI).  

Inova is a global leader in the science of genomics and the new era of personalized health, which uses a person's genetic make-up, family and medical history, and lifestyle to determine the best prevention and treatment.  We connect researchers, clinicians and empowered consumers to improve patient care, enhance prevention and encourage wellness. 


Kelly Schlageter