Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc)
Chief Executive Officer, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
Secretary-Treasurer, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Foundation
Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), is the chief executive officer of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the first and largest cancer research organization in the world. Under her visionary leadership, membership has grown from about 3,000 members to more than 42,000 in 120 countries, and the AACR’s portfolio of peer-reviewed scientific journals has increased from one to eight.
Foti progressed through several key editorial and management roles in scientific publishing to become chief executive officer. She launched seven major peer-reviewed scientific journals: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; Cancer Prevention Research; Cancer Discovery; and Cancer Immunology Research. She also helped launch Cancer Today, a magazine for cancer patients, survivors, and their families and caregivers, as well as a new AACR publication, titled Leading Discoveries.
A graduate of Temple University, Foti is one of the most influential voices in advancing the field of cancer research, both in the United States and abroad. She was elected president of three professional societies in scholarly publishing and in cancer research. She has also served as a board member, committee member, and consultant to a number of other nonprofit organizations. There is a legacy of young women, minority scientists, and investigators-in-training whose careers have been advanced as a result of her mentorship and support.