The Tisch Cancer Institute

Our Community

The Tisch Cancer Institute is committed to serving our neighboring communities by providing cancer prevention, screening, and education services, as well as treatment. Working together with community leaders, we ensure that the latest treatments advanced through our research discoveries and healthcare initiatives benefit the communities we serve. Additionally, we continually educate our scientists and physicians about the cultural and societal challenges faced by these communities. Learn more about social networks in public housing to understand cancer screening and prevention needs.

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) established in 1999, composed of cancer survivors and community organizations provides members with recommendations for grant applications. The board has succeeded in developing numerous community health events and affiliations.  Our shared mission with the Cancer Care Accelerator Group, comprising community members and key stakeholders, is to identify and prioritize key challenges of and potential solutions for cancer disparities and accelerate health equity.

The NYC Cancer Center Collaborative brings together cancer centers from 7 academic medical centers. By working together, we aim to create a richer, more varied picture of the cancer-related challenges in our NYC neighborhoods and develop joint projects to address them.


  • Conduct and pool cancer needs assessments of the communities served by the Collaborative’ s participating Cancer Centers
  • Coordinate & conduct community education that leverages the unique strengths of participating centers
  • Develop joint strategies to delineate cancer needs in specific geographic regions
  • Develop joint strategies and collaborative research projects to target identified needs


  • Cancer Advocates (Breast, Colorectal, Lung, Prostate, Liver and Blood Cancers)
  • Cancer Foundations
  • Cancer Researchers
  • Cancer Survivors
  • NYC Department of Health
  • NYS Department of Health
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Faith-based Organization

  • Cancer Survivors
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Lay Health Educators
  • Local Community Board Members
  • Local Community Organizations
  • NYCHA Tenant Association

  • Nina Bickell, MD, MPH
  • Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhD
  • Angela Diaz, MD
  • Lina Jandorf, MA
  • Eimear Kenny, PhD
  • Jenny Lin, MD
  • Aimee Lucas, MD
  • Sarah Miller, PhD
  • Nihal Mohammed, PhD
  • Ponni Perumalswami, MD
  • Keith Sigel, MD
  • Cardinale Smith, MD
  • Juan Wisnivesky, MD, DrPH
  • Jeffrey Weiss, PhD