Global Oncology Appoints Donna Barry as its First
A Proven Advocate and Leader joins GO to bring the best in cancer care to
underserved patients globally
Boston, Mass. – June 13 2016 – Nonprofit Global Oncology, Inc. (GO) [https://globalonc.org] today announced that
Donna Barry has been appointed to be its first Executive Director, marking a significant milestone for the pioneering
organization dedicated to bringing the best in cancer care to underserved populations worldwide. Barry’s position is
Cancer now kills more people in the developing world than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Despite this
sobering fact, the U.S. and global investments in improving cancer outcomes are minimal – in 2011, only 1.2% of total
development assistance for global health was focused on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). According to the
World Health Organization (WHO), available low-cost cancer control options could avert approximately one-third of
cancer deaths worldwide. But these interventions are unavailable for many people in the world, especially those
living in low-resource countries. GO is committed to addressing this need.
Donna Barry brings to GO her broad-ranging expertise obtained during an impressive 25-year career spanning
medicine, global health, advocacy and policy. She will spearhead the work of GO’s Board of Directors and Advisors to
leverage GO’s extensive community of volunteers, collaborators and supporters – across academia, government and
industry – to set and execute a global strategy for making the best in cancer care available to patients in LMICs (Lowand
Middle-Income Countries). In her role, Barry will also be responsible for managing and expanding GO’s
operations, domestic and international.
With Barry’s leadership, GO aims to substantially broaden its collaborations across professional groups in the areas of
global cancer and health, advancing cancer care and control worldwide. Existing GO programs will flourish with the
addition of Barry and her ideal combination of skills that lend so well to GO’s work: connecting directly to patients,
partnering with providers and mobilizing communities into action.
“Donna has the essential vision, instinct and track record to benefit all GO projects – including GO’s flagship work, the
Global Cancer Project Map [http://gcpm.globalonc.org] – in our pursuit of improving cancer diagnosis, treatment and
care globally,” said Ami Bhatt, co-founder and co-president of GO. “GO volunteers and staff have accomplished so
much the last four years as we have built the organization from the ground up. We’re thrilled for Donna Barry to help
us take GO to the next level,” said Franklin Huang, co-founder and co-president of GO.
Barry comes to GO from the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington D.C. where she was Director of the
Women’s Health and Rights Program (WHRP). Prior to CAP, Barry was the Advocacy and Policy Director at Partners In
Health (PIH). A veteran of both the nonprofit and healthcare sectors, Barry holds an MPH, a Master of Science in
Nursing (MSN) and a Master of International Affairs (MIA). Barry remains active in the health field as a policy fellow
at the National Academies of Practice (NAP) and a member of the American Public Health Association.
Ms. Barry has relocated from Washington, D.C. to her former home of Cambridge, MA, where she will be a very
welcome local leader within the primary hub of GO staff, volunteers and operations.
GO was founded by Ami Bhatt, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Genetics at Stanford University
School of Medicine and Director of Global Oncology, Center for Innovation in Global Health, and Franklin Huang,
M.D., Ph.D., Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston,
Massachusetts and postdoctoral scholar at the Broad Institute. They founded GO to help address the enormous
unmet need for cancer diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care in low- and middle-resource countries and, along with
GO’s many volunteers, have spent thousands of hours advancing the organization’s important mission.
GO was established to address the disproportionate share of the global cancer burden shouldered by low- and
middle-resource countries. GO is specifically focused on building a global network of individuals and organizations to
solve today’s problems in cancer care, with the ultimate goal of improving care and bettering the lives of patients in
Since 2011, GO has been making significant and consistent impact in the field of global cancer by making access to
better care easier, particularly through technology and education. Key projects include: (1) GO’s innovative Global
Cancer Project Map (GCPM) – a joint effort with the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Global Health – the world’s
online destination for the most complete, user-friendly and accessible information about global cancer research and
control efforts: http://gcpm.globalonc.org; (2) GO’s Cancer Education Materials: first-of-their kind, culturally relevant
picture booklets designed to teach low-literate cancer patients about their disease and the importance of adhering to
treatment; (3) promoting improved access to pain control for those suffering from cancer and other life-threatening
diseases and making information about disparities in pain control access more approachable: see Opioid Atlas and
https://globalonc.org/opioidatlas; and (4) the GO Young Professionals Alliance (GO YP) that is mobilizing students,
educators and global health leaders in every profession to convene and bring awareness to the global cancer crisis.
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