Two Boston physicians appointed to federal cancer advisory board

President Obama has announced his intent to appoint two local physicians to the National Cancer Advisory Board, the White House announced in a press release.

The board, which is made up of 18 members appointed by the president and a dozen other federal health leaders, advises the National Cancer Institute.

“I am grateful these accomplished men and women have agreed to join this Administration, and I’m confident they will serve ably in these important roles,” President Obama said in a statement. “I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

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Dr. Judy E. Garber, an oncologist and director of the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is one of the researchers. Garber’s specialty is breast cancer.

Dr. David Christiani, a professor of environmental genetics at the Harvard School of Public Health, is also among the six new members to be apointed. Christiani’s research focuses on the nexus of environmental exposures and genetics, examining questions such as how exposure to pollutants affects health.