William H. Chambers, PhD

Vice Chairperson
William H. Chambers, PhD
Senior Vice President, Extramural Research
American Cancer Society​
Atlanta, Georgia

William H. [Bill] Chambers, PhD is the Senior Vice President, Extramural Research at the American Cancer Society.  He is responsible for the strategic direction of the Society's Extramural Research and Health Professional Training Programs.  In this role, he oversees peer review of ~1800 grant applications by 19 peer review committees   annually, and management of approximately 850 research and training grants-in-effect totaling ~$450M.  Dr. Chambers also has responsibility for the Council for Extramural Research which defines pay-lines for research funding.  In addition, he directs the Research Professor and Clinical Research Professor Programs.  

Dr. Chambers joined the ACS as Scientific Program Director for the Clinical Cancer Research and Immunology Program in 2008.  In that capacity, he managed the development of the Society's cancer research and training programs in the areas of nutrition and cancer, environmental oncology, clinical cancer research, epidemiology, leukemia, blood cell development and tumor immunology.

Dr. Chambers received a PhD in Immunology from Auburn University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine, and at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, specializing in tumor immunology. He subsequently served on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine and as a Member of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute for more than 20 years. He has been involved in basic research in non-adaptive and adaptive immunity; and in translational research investigating the use of adoptive cellular immunotherapy and of cytokine gene therapy for the treatment of tumors.   In addition to his research efforts, he served as the Interim Deputy Director for Basic Research, and as Associate Director for Basic Research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.