Gwen Darien


Gwen Darien joined the Cancer Support Community in May 2013 as Executive Vice President of Programs and Services where she oversees research, programs, education, and patient and family services. Gwen brings nearly 20 years of experience with extensive communications, education and policy experience.

Prior to joining CSC, Gwen was a director of The Pathways Project—an organization that puts people at the center of health care research and delivery. She served as executive director of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. In this role, she was committed to developing collaborations across all segments of the cancer community to translate research discoveries from the bench to the bedside.

Prior to joining SWCRF, Gwen was editor-in-chief of CR magazine and director of the American Association for Cancer Research Survivor and Patient Advocacy Program where she led initiatives to foster mutually beneficial and enduring partnerships among cancer survivor, patient advocacy and scientific communities through collaborations, communications and education. CR magazine was launched under Darien’s leadership in March 2006 to serve an unmet need: a forum for sharing credible, balanced information about life with cancer and perspectives on the pressing challenges in cancer research today. 

Gwen was previously the editor-in-chief of MAMM, a consumer magazine dedicated to women with breast and reproductive cancer. During Darien's tenure, MAMM won international acclaim for its coverage of survivorship, health disparities, controversies in ¬women's cancers and health care policy.

Gwen has addressed cancer survivors and scientists across the country and in Europe at many panels, workshops and conferences. She is Chair of the NCI Director’s Consumer Liaison Group and Distinguished Guest Faculty at the Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin. Gwen is a member of the Steering Committee of the Data Liquidity Coalition. She has served on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Health, Genetics and Society and the faculties of the AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop, Accelerating Anti-Cancer Agent Development and Validation Workshop and the advisory board of the Health Advocacy Program at Sarah Lawrence College. 

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