Cancer Advisory Committee

The National Native Network’s Cancer Advisory Committee is composed of leaders in the field of American Indian and Alaska Native cancer prevention and control. Through this committee, the Network seeks to collaborate, fill gaps, and build synergy with existing leaders in the American Indian and Alaska Native cancer field.  

The goals of the Cancer Advisory Committee are to:

  1. Increase awareness and collaboration at a national level on cancer prevention and control policies, systems, and environmental changes in Indian Country
  2. Provide guidance to the National Native Network on cancer projects, focusing on policy, systems, and environmental approaches
  3. Collaborate in translating and disseminating CAC-member programs, research, and events across the Network’s nationwide platform


Cancer Advisory Committee members include:

Judith Kaur

Judith Kaur, MD, Choctaw and Cherokee of Oklahoma

Dr. Judith Salmon Kaur is the medical director for the Native American Programs of the Mayo Comprehensive Cancer Center. All three Mayo sites are involved in outreach to American Indians and Alaska Natives through these programs: Native WEB, Native CIRCLE and “Spirit of Eagles.”

Dr. Kaur's research includes a special interest in women's cancers, particularly breast and cervical cancer. She is the principal investigator for a molecular markers study in breast cancer in American Indian and Alaska Native women and also a mammographic and clinical risk factor analysis study.

Linda Burhansstipinov

Linda Burhansstipinov, DrPH, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma

Dr. Linda Burhansstipinov is the Founder of Native American Cancer Research and has worked in public health since 1971, primarily with Native American issues. She taught full-time at universities for 18 years (California State University—Long Beach and UCLA), developed and implemented the Native American Cancer Research Program at the National Cancer Institute from 1989–1993, and serves on multiple federal advisory boards.

Dr. Burhansstipinov is the principal investigator and subcontractor for five National Institutes for Health grants and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, most of which address Native American cancer, public health, and data issues.

Kristine Rhodes

Kris Rhodes, MPH, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Kristine Rhodes is the Director of the American Indian Cancer Foundation. She earned a Master of Public Health in Public Health Administration & Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota. Kris has worked on improving the health of American Indian communities for the past two decades, including the development and evaluation of many tobacco control efforts in American Indian communities throughout Minnesota. From 2000–2010 she coordinated multiple research projects with the American Indian Community Tobacco Project at the University of Minnesota. Kris’ current research is on cervical cancer and HPV vaccination.