Caryn Lerman, PhD

Director, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center; Associate Dean for Cancer Programs

Keck School of Medicine of USC

Caryn Lerman is the first female director of USC’s NCI-designated Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCCC). In this role, she provides the strategic vision to accelerate the NCCC’s impact on reducing the burden of cancer in our ethnically and racially diverse catchment area of Los Angeles County and beyond. Through her work at the USC NCCC, Dr. Lerman has brought innovation, integration and diversity to healthcare. As a leader in Keck Medicine, she set forth a vision for patient-centered cancer care that leverages clinical, genomic, environmental and lifestyle information about patients to provide the most individualized and effective approaches to cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship. For example, in the first 11 months of Dr. Lerman’s leadership, the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center launched the Targets to Therapies program to transform laboratory discoveries into new cancer treatments, with multiple potential novel therapies in early stage drug development.

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