Dr. Laura Makaroff is a primary care physician and Senior Vice President of Prevention and Survivorship at the American Cancer Society, where she leads a team of public health experts and clinicians in building on the organization’s rich history to improve cancer prevention, early detection, and survivorship to end cancer as we know it for everyone. Prior to joining ACS, Dr. Makaroff served as a Senior Clinical Advisor for the Bureau of Primary Health Care at the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). Dr. Makaroff completed a fellowship in health policy at Georgetown University and The Robert Graham Center in Washington, DC and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Colorado. Her professional and personal lives collided in an unexpected way when her husband, Jason, was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in 2021. She credits his diagnosis and their cancer journey with adding to her life in ways she never wanted but always needed. As she carries on Jason’s legacy, she is raising two young boys and is more committed than ever to helping reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families around the world.