The new Administrative Director of American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs, Lynn Erdman, RN, MN, OCNS, FAAN, joined the ACS September 23. The Administrative Director oversees the activities of the Commission on Cancer (CoC), National Cancer Data Base, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), American Joint Committee on Cancer, and the ACS Clinical Research Program. Ms. Erdman replaced Connie Bura, who is now Associate Director of the College’s Division of Member Services.
A Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Ms. Erdman has more than 30 years of clinical and administrative experience in the health care and not-for-profit sectors and brings a rich oncology clinical nurse specialist background to the ACS. Most recently, she served as national vice-president of community health for the Susan G. Komen Global Headquarters based in Dallas, TX. For nine months earlier this year, she also served as a member of the six-person, interim leadership team at Susan G. Komen, overseeing all operations and fiscal responsibilities during the search for a new president for the organization.
Ms. Erdman’s responsibilities at Komen included overseeing 2,000 community grants awarded across the nation, totaling more than $100 million. She worked with all Komen affiliates (more than 120 nationwide) and managed all national and some international corporate grants awarded to the organization. Ms. Erdman also was responsible for Komen’s educational materials and a help line for patients and families.
Previously, she worked for more than 25 years in hospitals and health care systems in various roles. Ms. Erdman served as divisional vice-president of medical affairs for the American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA, developing effective partnerships with health care providers, researchers, other not-for-profit organizations, community health leaders, and volunteers and advocating for access to care. In addition, she was the founding director of the Presbyterian Cancer Center in Charlotte, NC, and was responsible for creating all programs from medical and surgical oncology to research, transplant services, and palliative care.
Ms. Erdman holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where she was recently named to the board of visitors, and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She currently serves as consulting faculty for Duke University’s Graduate School of Nursing in Durham, NC.
She has written numerous articles and book chapters on topics related to oncology, state cancer plans, and customer service. She is a nationally recognized speaker, having presented more than 800 lectures in the U.S. and abroad on a range of issues, including cancer center and breast center development, state cancer plan implementation, advocacy, grant writing, clinical trials expansion, supportive care options, ethics in cancer care, and patient education.
Ms. Erdman has served on the national boards and task forces of many cancer organizations, including the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnerships, the CoC Steering Committee, and NAPBC, the Oncology Nursing Society, The Cancer and Leukemia Group B, the American Cancer Society, Oncology Supply, the Association of Community Cancer Centers, and Purdue Pharma, to name a few. She also was the first woman and first nurse to chair the breast and cervical cancer committee for the American Cancer Society and recently completed a government-appointed four-year term as chair of the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control.