ICCARE Co-Founders

Nelson Chao, MD, MBA

Nelson Chao, MD, MBA is the Donald and Elizabeth Cooke Professor for Cancer Research at Duke University. He is also the chief of the Division of Hematological Malignancies and Cellular Therapy/BMT. Over the past three years he has devoted a significant portion of his time to establish a program in Global Cancer at Duke. The goal of this effort is to begin with delivery of highly needed care for patients, in conjunction with education and research to make the gains sustainable.

Kristin Schroeder, MD MPH

Kristin Schroeder, MD MPH is a fellowship trained Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist at Duke University and is currently living in Tanzania. She is working to improve the outcomes of the pediatric cancer patients through improving access to necessary chemotherapy, life saving medications, and reducing the barriers for completing therapy.  This work is made possible through local and international donations and an incredibly dedicated team of local volunteers in Tanzania.

Who we are

Necessity is the mother of invention.
– Plato

ICCARE is the product of our collective efforts to deliver and improve on cancer care, from curative therapies, supportive care and palliative care. The lack of health care in low to middle income countries compelled us to address this inequality especially in the delivery of cancer care which is essentially non existent in many places. We have begun our efforts with children as they have curable cancer with relatively uncomplicated therapy but we aim to provide the possibility of curative regimens to all in need.  It is a moral imperative that drives us to correct this injustice. Every life counts, every life can contribute and every life should be able to contribute. We cannot wait, we must and will act now.

Our Mission

We want to give any individual who is diagnosed with cancer the same chance of cure regardless of where they live.

What we do

We focus on supporting clinical and research projects as well as philanthropy in three key areas: local capacity development, clinical cancer care and preventative services, and global cancer research.