Future Global Cancer Leaders

For Trainees
Resources for future leaders in global cancer control.

UCSF’s global cancer interest group, Future Global Cancer Leaders (FGCL), typically meets the last Monday of the month. FGCL is a mentoring and career development seminar open to trainees (premed to fellow) or junior faculty with interests in global cancer control.  You need not have a UCSF affiliation to attend. The group meets monthly with faculty mentors to review works in progress and to discuss career development in the emerging field of global cancer. If you are interested in attending or learning more, please contact us.


Learn about our Global Cancer Fellowship Program, our current Global Cancer Fellows and outside funding opportunities for trainees.


Featured Trainees and Early Career Faculty Mentees

Geoffrey Buckle MD, MPH is a hospitalist at UCSF and will be starting his fellowship with the Department of Hematology/Oncology in 2019.  He is broadly interested in developing strategies for improved cancer care in resource-limiting settings. His research has focused on examining barriers to diagnosis and management of malignancies in this context, including prior work on endemic Burkitt lymphoma in Kenya and Uganda, cervical cancer in India and most recently, with Global Cancer Program's Dr. Katherine Van Loon, esophageal cancer in East Africa. He has also worked with International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR) as part of an initiative to develop a pediatric cancer program at Tikur Anbessa Hospital, the national referral hospital in Ethiopia. 


Asteria Kimambo, MD, is a second-year resident in the Department of Pathology at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where she also completed her undergraduate degree. Dr. Kimambo collaborates with the Global Cancer Program’s Dr. Dianna Ng on a project utilizing FNA and a new breast cancer assay to improve breast cancer diagnostics in Tanzania. Dr. Kimambo spent the month of November 2017 in the Department of Pathology at UCSF. She came to UCSF for intensive exposure to rapid onsite diagnosis procedures using fine needle aspiration (FNA) technique under the guidance of several UCSF pathologists, including Dr. Dianna Ng, Dr. Ron Balasannian, and Dr. Britt-Marie Ljung.  


Melody Xu, MD is a resident physician in the UCSF Department of Radiation Oncology. Her experiences in global health began in college where she was first exposed to Traditional Chinese Medicine and chronic disease management programs in China. As a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, she served in leadership positions to promote global health and oncology at institutional and national levels. She was involved in researching global radiation oncology needs, supporting the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, and volunteering with local international communities. Dr. Xu also holds a Masters in Translational Research, which she hopes will positively influence her ongoing clinical, research, and educational capacity building projects with Dr. Tracy Sherertz in Cambodia and Dr. Katherine Van Loon in Tanzania.