Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD

Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD

Chief Executive Officer
American Cancer Society (ACS)

The Tribute of Hope Award Recipient

Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD​

Dr. Karen E. Knudsen, CEO of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and ACS Cancer Action Network, is an esteemed cancer leader, researcher, and advocate. Her commitment lies in ensuring everyone benefits from ACS’s work in eradicating cancer. 

Previously, as EVP of Oncology Services and enterprise director at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, she made impactful contributions to cancer outcomes. As a National Cancer Institute-funded researcher and former AACI president, she understands the government’s critical role in cancer-related life-saving efforts. 

Currently, she holds leadership roles with nationally important cancer entities, serving on multiple advisory boards including the NCI and ASCO. She’s also an ex-president of AACI and former board member of AACR.

 With academic qualifications from George Washington University, UC San Diego, and Temple University, Dr. Knudsen lives in Philadelphia with her family.