Len Lichtenfeld

Former Deputy Chief Medical Officer

American Cancer Society

Dr. Lichtenfeld is a board-certified medical oncologist currently focused on health policy, COVID-19 response, and impact on cancer care, and as an advisor/consultant to companies interested in better understanding cancer research, drug and technology development and patient access. He recently completed 19 years of service to the American Cancer Society including the roles of Deputy Chief Medical Officer and interim Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, co-leader for the Society’s nationwide response team for the corona virus pandemic and for 12 years managed the Society’s Cancer Control Science Department which was best known for the Society’s widely respected guidelines on the prevention and early detection of cancer.

Dr. Lichtenfeld has been widely quoted in the print and electronic media and is recognized for his expertise in medical policy and cancer care. He is well known for his blog which began in 25 ( and now continues at, focusing on various topics related to cancer research and treatment as well as COVID 19 and general medical care and policy.

A board-certified medical oncologist and internist who was a practicing physician for over 19 years, Dr. Lichtenfeld remains active in several state and national medical organizations and has a long-standing interest in legislative and regulatory issues related to health care including physician payment, medical care delivery systems, and health information technology among others. Most recently he joined the board of CancerCare, an organization committed to the emotional and financial support of cancer patients and their families.

Dr. Lichtenfeld is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann Medical College (now Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia.  His postgraduate training was at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Cancer Institute in Baltimore. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national honor medical society.  Dr. Lichtenfeld has received several awards in recognition of his leadership and efforts on behalf of his colleagues and his professional activities.  He has been designated a Master of the American College of Physicians in acknowledgement of his contributions to internal medicine.

He is married and currently resides with his wife in Atlanta, Georgia.