Breast Health Global Initiative


The Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) is an ongoing program, founded by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Susan G. Komen®.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Public Health Sciences Division: Fred Hutch is world renowned in cancer research and a global leader in the field with the mission of the elimination of cancer as a cause of human suffering and death.

Susan G. Komen®: Susan G. Komen® is a global leader in the fight against breast cancer through its support of innovative research, community-based outreach programs, and advocacy.

Leadership / Executive Committee

Dr. Ben Anderson

Dr. Ben Anderson

Benjamin O. Anderson, M.D.

Full Member, Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Professor of Surgery and Joint Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington
Director of the Breast Health Clinic, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle, Washington

"We have a wealth of knowledge about saving lives from breast cancer when we have all the resources in place. The Breast Health Global Initiative addresses how to put into practice optimal breast healthcare measures in countries where healthcare resources, and awareness, are limited, and where cultural barriers need to be overcome."

Dr. Anderson is Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was recruited to join the University of Washington Breast Care and Cancer Research Program in 1994 and served as the breast program's Clinical Medical Director from 1998 to 2003. As the Director of the University of Washington's Breast Health Center, Dr. Anderson's has devoted his clinical practice to the care of patients with breast cancer and breast health issues. Dr. Anderson received the American Cancer Society Career Development Award for breast cancer research in 1995 and received a joint faculty appointment at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and from 1998 through 2001 served as Associate Program Head for the Hutchinson's Breast Cancer Research Program. Dr. Anderson is the President for the American Society for Breast Disease (ASBD), 2005-2007.

In 2002, Dr. Anderson founded the Breast Health Global Initiative, an international project to define guidelines for breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment in countries with limited health care resources. As the BGHI Chair and Director, Dr. Anderson has worked to integrate the development of practical breast health care guidelines into a research framework to promote health care outcomes analysis. He is now focusing BHGI on implementation and study of the Guidelines through international pilot projects to test and validate them, and create modular healthcare programs.

Dr. Eduardo Cazap

Dr. Eduardo Cazap

Eduardo L. Cazap, MD, PhD
Founder, Latinamerican and Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology (SLACOM), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Immediate Past-President, International Union Against Cancer (UICC), Geneva Switzerland

“I am involved with the Breast Health Global Initiative because I have a special interest in the problem of global cancer control and, principally, in trying to solve the inequalities in the access to cancer prevention and treatment between the developed countries and the developing ones.”

Dr. Cazap is founder and present President of SLACOM. He graduated in medical oncology from the Universidad del Salvador in 1978. He obtained a fellowship from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) at Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University in 1984; he was Principal Investigator, Collaborative Cancer Research Treatment Program (CCTRP), PAHO/NCI in 1984; he obtained a fellowship from the American Cancer Society in 1985 and the European Recertification in Medical Oncology, from ESMO in Copenhagen in 1991. He was professor of Clinical Oncology at the Universidad del Salvador in 1984-98 and professor of Medical Oncology I at the Universidad Católica Argentina in 188-2000. He was also founder of the Charter of Paris against Cancer in Paris, France in 2000. He has more than 150 papers published in the specialty.

Dr. Lisa Stevens

Dr. Lisa Stevens

BHGI Executive Committee Member
Lisa Stevens, PhD

Deputy Director, Planning and Operations, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Dr. Stevens’ desire to facilitate and promote science is what brought her to the Office of the Director, NCI, in 2000. She joined the Office of Science Planning and Assessment in 2002 and recently joined the Center for Global Health as the Deputy Director for Planning and Operations. In support of NCI, she has fostered collaborations, created decision-making tools, and overseen the development of strategic planning documents.

Dr. Stevens has worked on many strategic planning activities across NCI. She participated in interviews of key stakeholders in each of these activities and worked with individuals to articulate vision, mission, and objectives as part of the process. She facilitated interactions among the NCI Divisions, Offices, and Centers from NCI, as well as other NIH Institutes and Centers.

Dr. Stevens has guided the creation and communication of the long-range plan of the Institute, the yearly plan and budget request, and highlights of scientific progress. These activities have been in the form of the Strategic Plan, the Bypass Budget, and responses to congressional inquiries. At every opportunity, she has helped craft a clear message of where the Institute is today and the plan for tomorrow.

Since joining the Center for Global Health, Lisa has focused on gathering input—both internal and external—to facilitate the development of the strategic priorities for the Center. She has also been implementing policies and procedures to support the operations of the Center. In August, Lisa helped launch a partnership with multiple global partners on National Cancer Control Planning; she is also involved in the Middle East Cancer Consortium registry and palliative care work. Lisa is interested in bringing her experience in collaborations and partnerships to this new endeavor.

Dr. Stevens graduated in 1999 with a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her thesis research was conducted in the Laboratory of Genetics in NCI’s intramural program. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and a minor in Spanish from Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. 

Chandini Portteus

Chandini Portteus

BHGI Executive Committee Member
Chandini Portteus

Chief Mission Officer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

As chief mission officer at Susan G. Komen®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, Chandini Portteus provides strategic leadership and management of Komen’s key mission areas: research, community health, public policy and global programs. Her oversight includes an active research portfolio of more than $300 million in funding worldwide and community health outreach that serves millions of women and families annually through funding of education, screening, psychosocial and medical services to 2,000 Komen grantees. She also leads the strategic direction and operation of Komen’s work in 30 countries and directs Public Policy programs addressing major issues in breast cancer, including access to cancer care and federal research funding. Portteus works closely with Susan G. Komen’s staff, leaders and advisors to translate high-level strategy into programs that will have an impact on the lives of breast cancer patients and the communities Komen serves.

Portteus joined Komen in 2005 to develop a new funding mechanism focused on breast cancer research. She worked with Komen’s Scientific Advisory Board to reshape the scientific focus, shifting from an emphasis in basic science discovery, to a more balanced investment with a strategic priority on translational projects that would reduce the number of patients diagnosed or dying of breast cancer in the next decade.

In 2010, Portteus directed a new scientific programs department to oversee functions of Komen’s scientific advisors and the Komen Scholars, a distinguished group of leaders in breast cancer research which provides expertise across the organization’s mission. Portteus strategically implemented a department-wide restructure of business function and strategy, and organized and hired teams to enhance the activities of grants administration and scientific oversight. She also envisioned and built Komen’s mission evaluation department, focused on ommunicating results from Komen’s research investments of almost $800 million in 31 years.

Portteus is an advisor, leader, and influencer in the non-profit and cancer communities and serves on a number of advisory boards and committees, such as the International Cancer Partners, The Health Research Alliance, the American Association of Public Health, Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, C-Change, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Silvana Luciani

Silvana Luciani

BHGI Executive Committee Member
Silvana Luciani

Advisor, Cancer Prevention and Control, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Silvana Luciani is a public health professional who has led international and national health programs on cancer prevention and control, tobacco control, and nutrition. At the Pan American Health Organization, she is leading the initiative for cancer prevention and control in the Americas, the implementation of the Regional Strategy for Cervical Cancer, as well as providing policy and technical advice to Ministries of Health on national cancer control plans. In addition, she manages the CARMEN network of national non-communicable disease program managers from Ministries of Health in the Americas.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with more than 100 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization and enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system.The mission of PAHO is to lead strategic collaborative efforts among Member States and other partners to promote equity in health, to combat disease, and to improve the quality of, and lengthen, the lives of the peoples of the Americas.