Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Our Community Advisory Board

Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center's Community Advisory Board represents the diverse populations and organizations of Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Through their unique perspectives and talents, board members advise Simmons on the development of successful cancer education and outreach strategies for our area. 

The board also helps Simmons align research priorities with the community’s highest needs, and it mobilizes civic partnerships so that everyone can join forces in the fight against cancer.

Community Advisory Board Members:

Carole Baas, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute

Rosangela Boyd, Ph.D., Chair
Texas Christian University

Joe Carpenter
The University of Texas at Arlington

Edgar Carmona
Consulate General of Mexico

Mercedes Cruz-Ruiz, CHW I
Aetna, HealthBridge4U

Lynda Ender
The Senior Source

Pearl Garza Fracchia, Vice Chair
Past Affiliation: Dallas ISD

Danny Garcia
Fort Worth ISD, Community Activist

Matt Garcia
Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Fernando Gonzalez
Past Affiliation: City of Fort Worth Fire Department

Belinda González Hampton
Past Affiliation: Tarrant County Health Department

Brianna Hinojosa-Smith

Matt Houston
Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

Philip Huang, M.D.
Dallas County Health and Human Services

Jeff Kitner
North Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Ashok Mago
Mago & Associates

Leonor Márquez
Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic

Mike McKay
Past Affiliation: AIDS Outreach Center

DT Nguyen
Koan Health

Rick Ortiz
Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

Shelia Patterson
Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship

Sheena Robertson
American Cancer Society

Joyce Tapley
Foremost Family Health Centers

Kelsel Thompson
Paul Quinn College

Mimi Tran
Me Squared Cancer Foundation

Rev. Elizabeth Watson-Martin
Texas Health Resources

Roselyn White
Susan G. Komen

Bob Williams
North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition

"Our Community Advisory Board is an innovative partnership for two-way communication between UT Southwestern and the public to bring awareness to cancer resources in the DFW area, particularly in traditionally underserved areas. I’ve enjoyed collaborating with other community leaders in our efforts to promote the excellent work being done by Simmons Cancer Center."

– Jeff Kitner

Chief Operating Officer, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Our Patient and Family Advisory Council

Simmons’ Patient and Family Advisory Council was created and developed with generous support from Kim and Jeff Chapman to address the wide-ranging needs of patients and their caregivers. Members of the council meet regularly to share their views on all aspects of the cancer journey. Their input guides Simmons’ efforts to create an uplifting care environment, offer patient-centered services, and enable access to clinical trials.

To learn more about the Patient and Family Advisory Council, please contact Alex Huffman at SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu.

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