Virgil Simons is the founder and president of The Prostate Net, a non-profit patient education and advocacy organization committed to providing credible and actionable information that will minimize the negative impact of prostate cancer. Using the experiences gained as a 17-year survivor of prostate cancer and a patient advocate, he has built, over the past 16 years, an international organization that uses a matrix of informational and interventional techniques to address disease risk awareness, early disease interdiction and advanced-stage disease management.
Mr. Simons is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology, European Association of Urology, American Public Health Association, Minorities in Cancer Research, and serves as chair (FY2012) of the congressionally-directed Medical Research Program for prostate cancer. He is a member of the External Advisory Board for Northwestern University Medical Center’s Prostate Cancer SPORE, the External Advisory Committee of the Center for Clinical Research at Clark Atlanta University, and the Advisory Board of CURE magazine. He is also vice-chairman of the World Wide Prostate Cancer Coalition, a confederation of international prostate cancer advocacy organizations committed to promoting best standards of practice on a global basis.
Mr. Simons has received several awards in recognition of his work on behalf of those affected by a diagnosis of prostate cancer including the Cancer Leadership Award from the American Association for Cancer Research, the Catherine Logan Award for Service to Cancer Survivorship from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, and the HOPE AWARD of the Intercultural Cancer Council. Prior to his involvement in health care, he had an extensive career in the textile, financial services, international trade and retail markets as a senior executive and/or entrepreneur. He has completed course work for an MBA, and recently received a MPA degree concurrent with the public health mission of The Prostate Net.