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NCOA Board of Directors


Keith A. Lerro, MD, PhD
Regional Medical Oncology Center


Jimmy Ruiz, MD
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Dr. Jimmy Ruiz is a Medical Thoracic Oncologist at the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has written and contributed to numerous publications, and has a number of clinical trials in the space of immunotherapy for lung cancer at both the cancer center and Virginia.


Martin Palmeri, MD
Cancer Care of WNC, PA

Dr. Palmeri is a medical oncologist specializing in melanoma and gastrointestinal cancers at the Cancer Center of Western North Carolina, lead for GI medical oncology research for the Mission Cancer Program, and a Board Member of the North Carolina Oncology Association. He is passionate about understanding and working-with financial barriers to healthcare and the impact of healthcare policy. Dr. Palmeri has received several awards, including Dartmouth's "Outstanding Physician Role Model Award" and the American Medical Association Foundation's "Excellence in Medicine Award."

Immediate Past President

Justin P. Favaro, MD, PhD
Oncology Specialists of Charlotte, PA

Justin P. Favaro is the President-Elect of the North Carolina Oncology Association. Dr. Favaro is the principal investigator for clinical cancer trials with the Novant Oncology Research Institute. His research experience includes both basic science work in viral replication and tumor growth, and clinical research focused on the role of angiogenesisi inhibitors in colorectal cancer treatment. He has been named on the Top Doctors in Hematology/Oncology by Charlotte Magazine, and his interests include clinical care of patients with cancer and blood disorders. He is a member of the Community Oncology Alliance, American Society of Hematology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


Birgit A. Arb, MD
Cape Fear Cancer Specialists
Daniel R. Carrizosa, MD
Levine Cancer Institute
Carolinas Healthcare System
Matthew Foster, MD
University of North Carolina
Vinay Gudena, MD
Cone Health Cancer Center
Linda Sutton, MD
Duke University Medical Center

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