History

The Maryland State Council on Cancer Control (Council) is a 25 member body appointed by the Governor with members selected from State agencies and administrations involved in cancer screening, prevention and treatment services, as well as members representing the general public, the business community, and the health and scientific disciplines concerned with cancer control. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides the Council with the necessary staff and resources.  In addition to leaders from the major academic medical institutions in Maryland cancer community and national organizations, the Council has 15 members representing the general public; the business community, and health and scientific disciplines concerned with cancer control. At least one member of the Council is a known cancer survivor; one is a member of the Maryland State Senate and another is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. The Council was established by an Executive Order on June 26, 1991. The mission of The Council was reaffirmed with updated Executive Orders in 1997 and 2002.

Council Mission

Educate and advise government officials, public and private organizations, and the general public to reduce and control cancer incidence, mortality, and morbidity among Marylanders.

Current Council Chair  

The Maryland State Council on Cancer Control is chaired by Dr. Stanley Watkins, Director of the Oncology Center at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Dr. Watkins is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. After spending time developing his practice, Dr. Watkins began building what would become the DeCesaris Cancer Institute at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.  In the mid-1990's Dr. Watkins began teaching at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine teaching Outpatient Clinical Responsibilities to new physicians.  While continuing to practice medicine in Anne A​rundel County, Dr. Watkins began his involvement with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on various public health programs. He has chaired the medical advisory committees on breast, cervical, colon, and prostate cancer and served as a consultant to many of the state's cancer programs

2016 Meeting Dates

  • January 22, 2016, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Anne Arundel Medical Center Belcher Pavilion – 7th Floor, Classroom “5”
2000 Medical Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401

  • May 13, 2016, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Anne Arundel Medical Center Belcher Pavilion – 7th Floor, Classroom “5”
    2000 Medical Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401

  • September 23, 2016, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Anne Arundel Medical Center Belcher Pavilion – 7th Floor, Classroom “5”
    2000 Medical Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401

  • Annual Conference
    23rd Annual Maryland State Council on Cancer Control Conference
    November 15, 2016 (all day conference)
    Anne Arundel Medical Center Belcher Pavilion – 7th Floor
    2000 Medical Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401

About Us

Scope of the Council's Work

Council Executive Orders​ 

Cancer Council Members

The State Council on Cancer Control is a 25 member body appointed by the Governor with members selected from State agencies and administrations involved​ in cancer screening, prevention and treatment services, as well as members representing the general public, the business community, and the health and scientific disciplines concerned with cancer control. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides the Council with the necessary staff and resources. The Council advises the Governor, other government officials, public and private organizations, and the general public on comprehensive State policies and programs necessary to reduce and control the incidence and mortality of cancer in Maryland. The Council also oversees the operation of the Maryland Cancer Registry (MCR) through the Cancer Registry Advisory Committee.