Corvus Pharmaceuticals Appoints Edith Mitchell, M.D., to Board of Directors
BURLINGAME, Calif., Sept. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRVS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, announced today that Edith P. Mitchell, M.D., has been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors. Dr. Mitchell has more than 45 years of experience treating and researching cancer, including prominent roles with medical societies and cancer organizations, and is a retired United States Air Force Brigadier General. Dr. Mitchell currently serves as clinical professor, Department of Medicine and Medical Oncology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, and associate director for Diversity Programs and director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University.
“It is a great privilege and pleasure to welcome Dr. Mitchell to our Board,” said Richard A. Miller, M.D., chairman, president and chief executive officer of Corvus. “Dr. Mitchell is a highly regarded oncologist and leader that has broad experience across patient care, clinical research, government, administration and healthcare delivery. Over the course of her career, she has managed large, complex organizations, which adds another layer of expertise to the unique perspective that she will bring to the board. We are eager to apply her skills to Corvus as we move into later stage clinical trials in diverse areas of medicine.”
“I am honored to join the Corvus board of directors as the Company works to advance its unique pipeline into mid- and late-stage clinical trials,” said Dr. Mitchell. “The Company’s innovative product candidates and cutting-edge science have the potential to make significant impacts in oncology and, more recently in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19. I look forward to partnering with the board and leadership team to bring these advances to patients.”
Dr. Mitchell has authored and co-authored more than 150 articles and book chapters as well as many abstracts on cancer treatment, prevention, and cancer control. She serves on the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Review Panel and the Cancer Investigations Review Committee, the Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee, serves as co-chair of the NCI Disparities Committee, and is a member of the NIH Council of Councils. Because of her experience in the cancer research community, Dr. Mitchell was selected to serve as a member of the NCI’s Blue Ribbon Panel convened to advise the National Cancer Advisory Board on Vice President Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Dr. Mitchell is a Master of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and member of the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, Aerospace Medical Association, Association of Military Surgeons, the Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania, the ECOG/ACRIN Cancer Research Group, and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. In 2019, Dr. Mitchell began sevice as a member of the President’s Cancer Panel.
Dr. Mitchell holds leadership positions in the American Society of Clinical Oncology and served as the 116th President of the National Medical Association serving from August 2015 to August 2016. She also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the National Medical Association and on the board of Trustees for Geisinger Commonwealth Medical College and Tennessee State University. Dr. Mitchell has received several awards for her humanitarian efforts including the 2012 Humanitarian Practitioner of the Year Award by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
In addition to her medical achievements, Dr. Mitchell is a retired United States Air Force Brigadier General, having served as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Command Surgeon for U.S. Transportation command and headquarters Air Mobility Command (AMC) based at the Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. General Mitchell has been awarded over 15 military service medals and ribbons including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Achievement and Commendation Medals, National Defense Service Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal. Dr. Mitchell holds a B.S. in biochemistry from Tennessee State University and an M.D. from Medical College of Virginia. She completed a residency at Meharry Medical College and a fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital. She is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.
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