Anna Cabanes is a cancer epidemiologist and nonprofit executive with 20+ years of experience in research, epidemiology, health systems strengthening, community mobilization and evidence-based advocacy. A strategic thinker, she is passionate about disease prevention and provision of care for cancer control globally.
Anna is currently research advisor at Global Focus on Cancer. She worked 9 years with the nonprofit Susan G. Komen (USA) directing all community health and global programs. Prior, she held positions in cancer research (Georgetown University, USA) and cancer surveillance (Centro Nacional de Epidemiologia, Spain). A native of Barcelona, she has lived and worked in Halifax, Jerusalem, Madrid and Washington, DC. She holds a PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.
She has a record of leadership and achievements in public health. Her goal is to maximize the impact of scientific research leading to innovations in policy and practice for global cancer control. She has worked with advocates, healthcare organizations and governments, to innovate and integrate new cancer programs within healthcare systems; to develop national policies and establish successful care delivery models; and to mobilize communities through evidence-based advocacy.
Anna has seen the power of patient advocacy - driven by advocate‐led civil society organizations or individuals - in the advancement of cancer policies. She is excited to serve with ASCP Patient Champions to help increase opportunities for patient/pathologist engagement, disseminate best practices and evidence‐based information, and foster the creation of common partnerships and networks.