Newt Gingrich joins Moffitt Board of Advisors

June 26, 2006

Tampa, Fla. – The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute announced today the appointment of Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to its Board of Advisors.

            Chaired by veteran ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson, the advisors serve as Moffitt ambassadors on a national level to offer their expertise, advice and counsel on issues relating to Moffitt Cancer Center.   Board membership includes 25 other prominent individuals from across the United States.

“Newt Gingrich is widely recognized for his commitment to a better health system, and we look forward to the significant contributions he will make as a member of this prestigious group of advisors who share one common interest, and that is Moffitt’s mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer,” said Donaldson.

            Gingrich is founder of the Center for Health Transformation, a collaboration of leaders dedicated to the creation of a 21st Century Intelligent Health System that saves lives and saves money. The Center focuses on identifying and accelerating the adoption of solutions and policies that create better health at lower cost. A news and political analyst for the Fox News Channel, Gingrich is a leading supporter of increased federal funding for basic science research.

In 2001, the National Cancer Institute awarded Moffitt the status of a Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.