Medical Groups Unite in Support of Science
Published on: April 17, 2017
(WASHINGTON, April 17, 2017) — As the world's leading
organizations representing clinicians, laboratory researchers, and physician-scientists
committed to improving patient care, we support the March for Science and its
nonpartisan call for the appreciation of scientific evidence, education, and investment.
Science has no political agenda but gives us the tools to find the truths about
our world and then implement informed policies to enrich our communities.
Fundamental appreciation for scientific evidence is
vital, and it begins with access to science
education that highlights critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making.
Americans need access to education that inspires them to question the world
around them and develop new technologies and solutions.
Science is vital to our health, as an understanding of
human biology is essential to stimulating discoveries that lead to cures for
devastating diseases. Every day, physicians make the best patient-care
decisions they can by relying on science-based tools. Clinicians prevent
disease by administering immunizations, and they manage disease by providing
therapies that have been thoroughly and scientifically vetted for optimal
outcomes. This science-based care saves lives, decreases human suffering, and
reduces unnecessary costs.
Therefore, it is critical that we protect federal
investment in our health. Over the past several decades, research supported by
the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has yielded significant advances across
all fields of medicine. Today, diseases with previously grim prognoses are
treatable. We have powerful therapies that engage the patient’s own immune
system to conquer cancers and non-malignant diseases. And, genome editing is
showing early promise in curing and even preventing debilitating genetic
We rely on evidence from the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality (AHRQ) to address patient safety, quality of care,
efficiency, and access in our health care system. Research supported by the
agency has prevented the spread of infections in hospitals and improved access
to health care for patients in rural areas. And, through its surveillance
programs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has played an
important role in preventing and controlling inherited and communicable disease
as well as dangerous outbreaks. Without
the CDC, outbreaks would spread, food-borne illness would go undetected, and
chronic diseases would have a higher human and monetary cost.
Scientific progress and
support of vital federal research programs have led to major advances in our
health. We hope patients, their families, and everyone committed to advancing
health care will join us in celebrating the value of scientific evidence in our
Stephen Fitzmaurice, American Society of Hematology
American Academy of
in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is
the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations.
With a membership of more than 19,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD is
committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic
treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical
practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing
patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more
information, contact the AAD at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or aad.org. Follow the
AAD on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin), or
MEDIA CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Academy of
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents
124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical
society devoted solely to primary care. Family physicians conduct
approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually
or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family
physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations
than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing,
personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care. To learn
more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and
clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine,
visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health
care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning
consumer website, www.familydoctor.org (www.familydoctor.org).
MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Wilken, email@example.com.
American Academy of
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye
physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we
protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic
education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to
advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye
care. Our EyeSmart® program provides the public with the most trusted
information about eye health. For more information, visit aao.org.
MEDIA CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery is the world's largest
organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and
related structures of the head and neck. The Academy
represents approximately 12,000 otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons
who diagnose and treat disorders of those areas. The medical disorders treated
by our physicians are among the most common that afflict all Americans, young
and old. They include chronic ear infection, sinusitis, snoring and sleep
apnea, hearing loss, allergies and hay fever, swallowing disorders, nosebleeds,
hoarseness, dizziness, and head and neck cancer. The AAO-HNS Foundation works
to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and
neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning.
MEDIA CONTACT: email@example.com
American Academy of
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 66,000 primary care
pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical
specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants,
children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org and
follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds.
American Academy of
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the national
medical specialty organization representing more than 10,000 physicians who are
specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). AAPM&R
serves its member physicians by advancing the specialty of physical medicine
and rehabilitation, promoting excellence in physiatric practice, and advocating
on public policy issues related to persons with disabling conditions. PM&R
physicians, also known as physiatrists, treat a wide variety of medical conditions
affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles,
and tendons. Physiatrists utilize cutting‐edge as well as
time‐tested treatments to maximize function and quality of life.
For more information about AAPM&R, visit www.aapmr.org.
MEDIA CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Association for Cancer Research
Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is
the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing
cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership
includes more than 37,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers;
population scientists; other health care professionals; and patient advocates
residing in 108 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of
the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology,
diagnosis, and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 30
conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual
Meeting with nearly 21,900 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes eight
prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer
survivors, patients, and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research
directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the
Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review,
grants administration, and scientific oversight of team science and individual
investigator grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term
patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and other
policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science
in saving lives from cancer. For more information about the AACR, visit
MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Salis-Silverman, email@example.com.
for Social Psychiatry
mission of the American Association for Social Psychiatry is to study, teach,
and promote consciousness of how social factors contribute to the maintenance
of psychological well-being, and to promote the understanding that social
factors are core to all behavioral health issues. These include issues of
increasing violence in our society and the world; religious, racial, gender and
cultural differences that are expressed as intolerance; our relation to our
planet; and the benefits and problems that science and technology offer.
American College of Chest Physicians
the global leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest
medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care. Its mission is to
champion the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through
education, communication, and research. CHEST serves as an essential connection
to clinical knowledge and resources for its 19,000 members from around the
world who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.
For more information about CHEST, visit chestnet.org.
American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the
United States. ACP members include 148,000 internal medicine physicians
(internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine
physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical
expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across
the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.
MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Majewski, firstname.lastname@example.org.
American College of Surgeons
American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of
surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice
and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is
dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements
have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and
have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The
College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of
surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3)
organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care
for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more
than 58,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for
women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing
education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness
among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health
care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a
501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org
MEDIA CONTACT: Megan Christin, email@example.com.
American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association is
the oldest medical association in the country founded in 1844. The APA is also
the largest psychiatric association in the world with over 37,000 physician
members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of
mental illnesses, including substance use disorders. APA’s vision is to support
research to advance the best clinical care to reduce the burden of mental
illness for our patients and society by furthering cutting-edge treatment and
the ultimate cure of mental illness. For more
information please visit www.psychiatry.org.
MEDIA CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Psychoanalytic Association is a professional organization of
psychoanalysts with approximately 3,000 members. The Association is comprised
of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, educators, researchers and
students who have an interest in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy.
Visit apsa.org for more information.
MEDIA CONTACT: Wylie Tene, email@example.com.
American Society for Adolescent
American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry serves as a professional network for
its members and a specialized community dedicated to education development and
advocacy for adolescents and the adolescent psychiatric field.
Society of Clinical Oncology
Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical
Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer
care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more
than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer.
Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care,
ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or
cured, and every survivor is healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer
Foundation. Learn more at www.ASCO.org, explore patient education
resources at www.Cancer.Net,
and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Narod, Amanda.Narod@asco.org
Society of Hematology
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) (www.hematology.org) is the world’s largest professional society
of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis,
treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood. For more than 50
years, the Society has led the development of hematology as a discipline by
promoting research, patient care, education, training, and advocacy in
hematology. ASH publishes Blood (www.bloodjournal.org),
the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available
weekly in print and online. In 2016, ASH launched Blood Advances (www.bloodadvances.org), an online,
peer-reviewed open-access journal.
MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Fitzmaurice, firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
Since 1966, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has been leading the fight to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients. ASN has nearly 17,000 members representing 112 countries. For more information, please visit asn-online.org or contact us at 202-640-4660.
American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) membership includes
over 2000 members dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children
and adolescents and with blood disorders and cancers. The Society works to
actively advance programs and initiatives in professional education, scientific
and clinical research, training, and practice issues. For more information,
MEDIA CONTACT: Judith Greifer, email@example.com.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
The American Society of Plastic
Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest
organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000
Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and
information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS
comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the
United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by
The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by
encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research
in plastic surgery.
American Urological Association
in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American
Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, and
has more than 21,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier
urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as
it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care
through education, research and the formulation of health policy.
MEDIA CONTACT: communications@AUAnet.org.
Association of American Cancer Institutes
Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) comprises 96 premier academic
and freestanding cancer research centers in the U.S. and Canada. AACI is
dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer by enhancing the impact of the
leading academic cancer centers.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Zurawsky, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Endocrinologists are at the core of solving the most
pressing health problems of our time, from diabetes and obesity to infertility,
bone health, and hormone-related cancers. The Endocrine Society is the world’s
oldest and largest organization of scientists devoted to hormone research and
physicians who care for people with hormone-related conditions. The Society has
more than 18,000 members, including scientists, physicians, educators, nurses
and students in 122 countries. To learn more about the Society and the field of
endocrinology, visit our site at www.endocrine.org. Follow us on Twitter at
@TheEndoSociety and @EndoMedia.
MEDIA CONTACT: email@example.com.
Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) is the world’s leading member-driven
organization specifically dedicated to improving cancer patient outcomes by
advancing the science and application of cancer immunotherapy. Established in
1984, SITC, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, serves scientists,
clinicians, academicians, patients, patient advocates, government
representatives and industry leaders from around the world. Through educational
programs that foster scientific exchange and collaboration, SITC aims to one
day make the word “cure” a reality for cancer patients everywhere. MEDIA
CONTACT: Julie Frinzi, Jfrinzi@sitcancer.org.
Society of Interventional Radiology
Society of Interventional Radiology is a nonprofit, professional medical
society representing more than 7,000 practicing interventional radiology
physicians, trainees, students, scientists and clinical associates, dedicated
to improving patient care through the limitless potential of image-guided
therapies. SIR’s members work in a variety of settings and at different
professional levels—from medical students and residents to university faculty
and private practice physicians.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elise Castelli, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
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in 1964, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization
representing more than 7,200 cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers, and allied
health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best
possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as
other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society’s mission is to enhance
the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient
care through education, research, and advocacy.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Bagley, email@example.com.