Commission on Cancer
100 years of advancing cancer care
Past Chair Walter Lawrence, Jr.
Walter Lawrence, Jr. MD, FACS, served as Chair of the CoC from 1979 to 1983. Among his many other accomplishments, Dr. Lawrence ran a surgical hospital during the Korean War, oversaw the first Division of Surgical Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and served as the inaugural director of VCU Massey Cancer Center for more than a decade. He inspired countless surgeons, oncologists, and medical students for generations.
Dive into CoC History
The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.