Carolyn Bruzdzinski, PhD

American Cancer Society

Carolyn Bruzdzinski, PhD is the vice president, Cancer Control for the American Cancer Society North Central Region, which serves communities in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.

In this role, Carolyn develops and leads implementation of the regional strategy for cancer control, which includes state-based systems, hospital systems, primary care systems, and mission program delivery. Her team of 109 staff works within systems and communities to increase utilization of cancer prevention strategies and cancer screening tests; to reduce barriers to care for cancer patients; and to engage partners in fighting cancer through the Society’s advocacy, corporate, community, and fundraising initiatives. Carolyn serves on the Region Leadership Team, which comprises the North Central Region’s senior-most staff.

Also known as “Dr. B” by many staff, Carolyn joined the Society in 2002 as the Scientific Program Director of two peer review committees, based in Atlanta. In addition, she served as the national research liaison to the California, Illinois, and South Atlantic Divisions, before serving as the Chief Mission Delivery Officer in the California Division for seven years, beginning in 2006. A scientist at heart and by training, Carolyn was funded by the American Cancer Society and National Institutes of Health early in her career at the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois-Chicago, and was well known for her international scientific presentations. In 2013, Carolyn joined the Lakeshore Division as vice president, Health Systems, where she led a team of more than 80 staff.

Carolyn earned her BS in Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois-Chicago and her PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan. Following a post-doctoral fellowship that was funded, in part, by the American Cancer Society, Carolyn returned to her alma mater in Chicago as a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry and the Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases. Her research focused on key aspects in the growth and spread of cancerous cell.

Currently, Dr. Bruzdzinski resides in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois.