Prevention Advisory Committee

The Prevention Advisory Committee (PAC) advises the Oversight Committee on important issues surrounding cancer prevention and control. The members of the PAC, appointed by the Oversight Committee, share their advice on opportunities to increase CPRIT’s impact on cancer prevention and control in Texas.


Navkiran K Shokar, MA, MD, MPH, Chair
Professor and Chair, Department of Population Health
Associate Dean for Community Affairs
Dell Medical School
The University of Texas at Austin

Keith Argenbright, MD
Director, Moncrief Cancer Institute
Professor, Simmons Cancer Center
Chief, Division of Community Health Sciences
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Abbey B. Berenson, M.D., MMS, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics
Director, UTMB Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Roxana L. Cruz, MD, FACP
Director of Medical & Clinical Affairs
Texas Association of Community Health Centers

Dorothy Gibbons
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
The Rose

Manda Hall, M.D.
Associate Commissioner
Community Health Improvement Division
Texas Department of State Health Services

Ernest Hawk, MD, MPH
Vice President and Division Head
Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences
Boone Pickens Distinguished Chair for Early Prevention of Cancer
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

David Lakey, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer
The University of Texas System

Rakhshanda L. Rahman, MD
Medical Director
Breast Center of Excellence, UMC Cancer Center
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Texas A&M College of Medicine, Center for Genomic and Precision Medicine
Alkek Chair of Medical Genetics
Executive Director, Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology
Associate Vice President for Research, Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Services, The Texas A&M University System

Suncerria Tillis, MBA
Senior Director, Cancer Support Strategic Partnerships
American Cancer Society, Inc.

Laura Wood, CHES
Associate Director, State Partnerships
American Cancer Society