Dr. Arthur Michalek, affiliated faculty member in the department of epidemiology and environmental health at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been appointed chair of the Education Committee for the International Cancer Prevention Consortium.
[Photo: Dr. Arthur Michalek]
In his role as chair, Dr. Michalek is tasked with leading a committee responsible for establishing post graduate, clinical and scientific training opportunities for physicians and scientists in Oman – a country located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula – with a specific interests in cancer prevention, diagnosis and control focused on Eastern Mediterranean, GCC and Eastern African countries.
The International Cancer Prevention Consortium (ICPC) was established in 2015 through a joint partnership with the Oman Cancer Association and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The ICPC brings together U.S. experts from major cancer centers and universities with colleagues from the aforementioned regions to formulate response strategies, implement activities and monitor the impact of cancer on public health.
“We are tasked as a committee with fairly broad objectives,” explains Dr. Michalek. “We’re developing, with the Oman Cancer Association, post graduate training here in the United States. A group of select trainees will be able to come to the U.S. for one to three years to obtain additional training with areas of focus ranging from surgical oncology to prevention or epidemiology.”
In addition to training, Dr. Michalek says the committee would like to eventually establish a diverse array of services, including patient education, training of allied health members and general population training related to cancer prevention and early diagnosis.
“The Oman Cancer Association and the folks involved are a wonderful group of people that are like anyone else throughout the world; they want to alleviate suffering from cancer,” explains Dr. Michalek when asked about his involvement. “It’s a great organization and I’m just happy to be involved.”
Dr. Michalek was the director of the division of health service policy and practice at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions until May 2016. Michalek was also at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) for 34 years having first joined as a cancer research scientist/epidemiologist in the department of cancer control and epidemiology. In 1997, he was appointed Dean of the Roswell Park Graduate Division at the University at Buffalo. He has also served as a senior vice president with responsibilities for all aspects of education and training as well as research ethics.