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Doug Ulman
In his role as president and chief executive officer, Doug Ulman oversees the strategic vision and direction of the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Doug is a three-time cancer survivor and globally recognized cancer advocate. After overcoming chondrosarcoma during his sophomore year of college and malignant melanoma twice since, Doug and his family founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, educating and connecting young adults, their families and friends, who are affected by cancer. He served as executive director of the organization for four years before joining the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2001 as director of survivorship.

During his time at the Foundation, Doug has helped transform the nonprofit into an internationally-known brand and leader in the global movement for people affected by cancer. Doug has earned a reputation as the “Most Savvy Health Care Leader in Social Media” for his innovative use of social media to spread awareness and knowledge around the world’s leading cause of death. His online community includes a Twitter following of more than one million.

Doug speaks frequently at some of the nation’s most acclaimed festivals and conferences including the Social Good Summit, the Inc. 500|5000 Conference, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Clinton Global Initiative University, TedxAustin and SXSW Interactive.

Doug’s outstanding leadership has garnered him both local and national accolades. The Austin Business Journal recognized Doug with a Health Care Hero Award and he has twice been named to the Non-Profit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50, an honor bestowed to the top 50 nonprofit executives.

Doug currently holds numerous civic and charitable board positions for organizations such as the Union for International Cancer Control, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and C-Change. He also sits on the advisory board for Provectus Pharmaceuticals and is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Doug previously served for four years as the Chairman of the National Cancer Institute Director’s Consumer Liaison Group.

In his spare time, Doug enjoys traveling, reading, playing golf and running. He has participated in more than 13 marathons, including a 100-mile ultramarathon in the Himalayan Mountains. Most importantly, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. Follow him on Twitter at @LIVESTRONGCEO.

Entries by Doug Ulman

Patients First in Cancer Care

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 5:52 PM

The term "landmark" is thrown around a lot, but it's no overstatement when applied to a jarring report released recently by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) titled "Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis."

This report's strongest call-to-action said that the...

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The Debate We Need: How to Help People Live After Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 2:19 PM

By Doug Ulman and Harold P. Freeman, M.D.

Sunday June 2 was National Cancer Survivors Day. It is worth thinking about how far we've come from the bad old days -- and also about a critical piece of the cancer-fighting equation that hasn't yet taken its rightful place at center...

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What Social Innovation Means to Me: The Power of Yellow

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2011 | 4:34 PM

In tough economic times, many of us curb our philanthropic impulses and keep money in our wallets that would normally go to the causes we support. And that's completely understandable. However, innovative charitable endeavors -- even in $1 increments -- can change the world. And that's where the future of...

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It's Personal and Political: Stigma and Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 3:27 PM

President Grover Cleveland liked to go on fishing trips. He had a trusted friend with a seaworthy vessel, and when he boarded it on July 1, 1893, the American public likely believed that the president had indeed packed his fishing pole and bait.

Instead, while on board...

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The Global Burden of Cancer

(7) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 10:44 AM

Most of us in developed countries have dwelled in the shadow of cancer. We've anxiously awaited a test result, become intimate with chemotherapy for ourselves or a loved one or held vigil at a bedside.

During those intense and often tragic periods, we usually have options -- education, treatment, pain...

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Kabul Rooftops

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 8:23 AM

I was honored to visit the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Below is the view from the rooftop overlooking the city.

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(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 11:34 AM

Today I had the privilege of meeting a young woman who is serving our nation and carrying the LIVESTRONG message with her every day. While I could have talked with her for hours, all we had were a few brief minutes together. In that time, here's what she told me:

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A Day in Baghdad -- Victory Base Complex

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 9:22 AM

I can't remember the last time I learned so much in one 24-hour stretch.

From Iraqi history to geography to public policy. We covered a lot of territory by air and land.

I also learned -- what I had suspected for many years -- that our men and women in...

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The Definition of Service

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 11:02 AM

Definition of Service: 1. an act of helpful activity; help; aid: to do someone a service.

A few days ago I asked you what you thought the definition of "service" was. The responses were amazing. Many said doing for others without seeking acknowledgment. Others said to assist someone in need....

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