Richard L. Schilsky

Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FSCT, FASCO

Board Chair

Richard Schilsky, MD, FACP, FSCT, FASCO, is the former Chief Medical Officer with the American Society of Clinical Oncology and Professor emeritus at University of Chicago. Dr. Schilsky earned his medical degree at the University Of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine in 1975. Following a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital, he received training in Medical Oncology and Clinical Pharmacology at the National Cancer Institute from 1977 to 1981. He then served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine from 1981-1984 when he returned to the University of Chicago. At the University of Chicago, Dr. Schilsky rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine (tenured) and served as Director of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Center (1991-99), as Associate Dean for Clinical Research (1999-2007) and as Chief of the Section of Hematology-Oncology (2009-2012). From 1995-2010, Dr. Schilsky also served as Chairman of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, an NCI-sponsored national cancer clinical trials group.

An international expert in gastrointestinal malignancies and cancer pharmacology, Dr. Schilsky has published more than 300 scientific articles, reviews, and commentaries. He has served on a number of peer review and advisory committees for the NCI including as a member and chair of the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors and as a member of the Clinical and Translational Research Advisory Committee. Dr. Schilsky also served as a member and chair of the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Schilsky has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO and as ASCO President 2008-2009. 

Dr. Schilsky joined the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA Board of Directors in 2013.