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.

Next Future Global Cancer Leaders Meeting

April 29, 2023 | 5PM

Zoom | Link to join

Learn about our Global Cancer Fellowship Program


Featured Trainees and Early Career Faculty Mentees

Mary Jue Xu, MD, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a research fellow with the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She completed otolaryngology residency at UCSF and completed a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology, microvascular reconstruction, and robotic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. In medical school, she spent a year at Butaro Cancer Center in Rwanda with Partners in Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima studying clinical outcomes of pediatric malignancies and was an early trainee working with the NGO, Global Oncology. She is now collaborating with collagues in Tanzania through the UCSF Global Cancer Program on projects assessing head and neck cancer outcomes and tracheostomy care. Finally, she is a co-founder of the Global Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Initiative, an international research collaborative focused on global head and neck care. 

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.