CAST Membership

[CAST Members appear in alphabetical order]

  • Rajendra Badwe
  • Abdella Battou
  • Ken Buetow
  • Nancy Hafkin
  • George Handy
  • Nagy Hanna
  • Jun Ren
  • Mansfield Kaseman
  • Gerald Keusch
  • Ashok Kolaskar
  • Lawrence Lessin
  • H. Kim Lyerly
  • N. Rao Machiraju
  • Ian Magrath
  • K. Srinath Reddy
  • Julia Royall
  • Lani Spund
  • Sally Sternbach
  • Martin Stockler


H. Kim Lyerly MD, FACS, Chair, Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, OHSL
George Barth Gellar Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Surgery
Associate Professor of Pathology
Assistant Professor of Immunology
Duke University


Dr. Lyerly is the George Barth Geller Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Surgery, and Director of the Center of Applied Therapeutics at Duke University. He is an internationally recognized expert in cancer therapy and cancer immunotherapy and has published nearly 200 scientific articles and has edited 10 textbooks on surgery, cancer immunotherapy, and novel cancer therapies. In 2008, Dr. Lyerly was appointed to the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) by President George W. Bush and was named chair of the Cancer Centers sub-committee of the NCAB. Dr. Lyerly is a highly sought advisor and currently serves on the external advisory boards of several renowned U.S. cancer centers. He is the Honorary Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Beijing Shijitan Hospital, Capital Medical Center. He is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a prominent U.S. breast cancer education and research organization. He has previously served as chairperson of the executive committee of the integration panel of the U.S. Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs in Breast Cancer.


Dr. Nagy Hanna


Dr. Hanna is an author, public speaker, and thought leader on innovation and development strategies, with extensive experience in advising public policy makers and business leaders in designing policies and programs in support of innovation and the knowledge economy. He has extensive experience in promoting the information and communication technology sector, and in using ICT to promote economic diversification, smart cities, and smart service delivery.  He worked with public, private and civil society leadership to promote ICT-enabled innovation and transformation in all economic sectors, from national level to grassroots organizations. He was the World Bank’s first senior advisor on e-strategies. He was also the Bank’s first chief corporate strategist. He has over 35 years experience at the highest levels of development policy strategy, and operations, and covering all geographic regions and levels of development.

Currently, Dr. Hanna speaks on innovation policies and practices in the public and private sectors at international, national, and corporate forums. He advises countries on developing policies, institutions and leadership capabilities for integrating ICT and innovation into development strategies and business practices. He advises the World Bank, UN, and other international organizations, global ICT companies, and premier consulting firms on designing country and corporate programs for ICT-enabled innovation and transformation.  He also advises countries and aid agencies on partnerships with ICT multinationals and on formulating and implementing innovation and partnership funds. He is executive coach for leaders on innovation and transformation in their business and public organizations.

While a senior staff of the World Bank, he established and led global forums on developing transformational leadership and programs, promoting innovation policies and new forms of innovation systems and practices, harnessing ICT as a platform for innovation, and building innovation ecosystems and knowledge societies. He published 12 books and over 100 reports and articles on national innovation systems, ICT sector, knowledge economy, state modernization, strategic planning, and executive and entrepreneurial development. He founded and chaired the World Bank’s global community of practice on e-development.  He pioneered World Bank lending in support of comprehensive ICT-enabled development. He also pioneered efforts to promote the export of software and ICT-enabled services of India.

Dr. Hanna holds Ph.D. in economic development and masters in operations research and management science, from the University of Pennsylvania; and executive development from Harvard Business School. He is a Senior Fellow, Center for Policy on Emerging Technology; a Senior Scholar, Leadership Scholars Network, University of Maryland; and Senior Advisor to National Innovation Commission of India, and several national ICT agencies. He is a member of the editorial board of Springer’s Knowledge economy, and Africa Information and communication Journals, and of Springer’s book series on Innovation, Technology and Knowledge Management. He is also a Commissioner, of the UN’s World IT Forum (WITFOR); and co-chair, of its e-Government Commission.


Gerald T. Keusch, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and International Health
Associate Director, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory
Boston University


Dr. Gerald Keusch is a physician scientist, educated at Columbia College and Harvard Medical School. He has been involved in academic medicine for his entire career, currently as Professor of Medicine and International Health at Boston University where he serves as an Associate Director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory. His interests in global health have been broad, including clinical, social and cultural aspects of health status of populations in resource limited societies.  His own research has focused on infectious diseases relevant to developing countries, from molecular pathogenesis to field research on diarrheal disease, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS. He is the author of over 300 original publications, reviews, and book chapters, and is the editor of 8 scientific books. He is the recipient of the Oswald Avery, Alexander Fleming, and Maxwell Finland awards from the Infectious Diseases Society of America.  Dr. Keusch is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, where he is a member of the Forum on Microbial Threats, as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Dr. Keusch has participated in multiple committees for the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Science, the World Health Organization and its Tropical Diseases Research Programme, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Wellcome Trust.  He Co-Chairs the Board of the Council on Health Research for Development, is Board Vice President for the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation, is a Founding Board member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Thai government’s Biotechnology initiative and the Boston based Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  From 1998 to 2004 he was Associate Director for International Research in the office of the Director, and Director of the Fogarty International Center, at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Prior to that, from 1979 to 1998, he was Chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.


Lawrence S. Lessin, MD, MACP
Medical Director, Continuing Medical Education and Quality Training
Medstar Washington Hospital Center


Lawrence S. Lessin, MD, MACP, is the Medical Director of Washington Hospital Center Department of Continuing  Medical Education and Quality Training (DCMEQT) and former Medical Director of The Washington Cancer Institute, from 1993-2007. He is one of the founding members of OERC and serves as chair of its Executive Committee. He received his Doctorate in Medicine in 1962 from the University of Chicago School of Medicine, completed postgraduate training in hematology and oncology  at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lessin was awarded a special fellowship from the National Institutes of Health in the Institute for Cell Pathology at the University of Paris, for advanced research training.  His research has dealt with anemias, leukemias, myelodysplastic syndromes and other aspects of hematologic malignancies resulting in over 150 journal articles, book chapters and monographs.  His professional path has continued for more than 40 years in distinguished roles such as Professor, Division Head and Medical Director within prominent hospitals including Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC), Veterans Administration Hospital (Durham, NC), and  The George Washington University Medical Center (GWUMC)  and its Cancer Center(Washington, DC).

Dr. Lessin’s long term commitment to medical education dates to the 1960s where as Chief Resident in internal medicine at University of Pennsylvania, he was responsible for weekly Medical Grand Rounds, Chief’s Rounds and Journal Clubs.  At Duke University, he organized the second year medical student teaching modules in hematology, oncology and laboratory medicine.  During his 23 year tenure at GWUMC, he was responsible for medical student and resident training in internal medicine and fellowship training in hematology and medical oncology.  He organized and facilitated  annual large scale national Board Review courses in Hematology and Medical Oncology, which continue to the present time (under other leadership.) Dr. Lessin chaired  the hematology section of the internal medicine Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program (MKSAP)  for the American College of Physicians and served as chair and editor of the Hematology MKSAP.  At Washington Hospital Center’s Cancer Institute, he established weekly Oncology Grand Rounds, and interdisciplinary conferences and tumor boards for all major cancers types.  He pioneered the development of multi-institutional video-teleconferences with National Institutes of Health, Georgetown and George Washington Universities, as well as University of Maryland and Childrens National Medical Center.  He established  a cancer clinical research program and associated research training activities.   He developed and supported annual regional highlights CME conferences in both hematology and medical oncology, focused on the important findings of the annual meetings of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Medical Oncology.  Dr. Lessin initiated and served as the physician leader of  the quality program (QOPI—the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative) of the Washington Cancer Institute, and is a member of the WHC Performance Improvement committee, utilizing these positions to identify gaps in physician performance, competence and patient outcomes as educational targets for CMEQT programs.

Honors & Awards: As a distinguished professional, Dr. Lessin has received honors and national accolades for his commitment to medical education and optimal cancer care.  His extensive medical accomplishments in research and cancer management can be found in more than 150 national and international publications,  books and journals.  He has severed on numerous national boards and committees for the organizations such as National Heart Lung Blood Institute, National Cancer Institute, American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Physicians. American Blood Commission and others. He served for six years as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, subcommittee on Hematology.   In 1999, he was awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians. He has been repeatedly recognized as one of the Best Doctors in the United States of America (Good Housekeeping Magazine), Best Medical Specialists in the United States (Town and Country Magazine), Washingtonian Top Doctors, and Who’s Who in America.


N. Rao Machiraju


Rao is currently CEO and co-founder of reQall, a technology company that was spun out from MIT’s Medialab and is a research partner of NASA Research Park.

Rao has considerable start-up and international experience.  Prior to reQall he was Chairman of ConceptLabs. During his tenure at Apple, Rao was a Principal Scientist, heading various groups including the Learning Lab, one of Apple’s three research labs. At Apple, Rao worked on a number of research and prototype development efforts in information retrieval, case based reasoning, and organizational memory. He chaired several international conferences in informatics and served on the editorial Boards of Telematics and Informatics Journal as well as Journal of Expert Systems. In the 70’s he was on visiting faculty at UCLA. Rao holds ten patents in computing. He is a member of the Board of Councilors of NSF’s Center on Multi-Media Computing (IMSC) at the University of Southern California and serves on the Advisory Board of Dimagi, Inc. and is the Chief Mentor for Ventura Technology Center.  He lives in Ventura, California.

Rao has an interdisciplinary educational background in public health (MPH from California State University at Northridge), general systems and information networks (Certificate from United Nations Institute for Research and Training, University of Stockholm and UCLA), and instructional technology (Doctorate from University of Southern California.


Julia Royall
Julia Royall has been working in international health in Africa since 1990 and has more than 30 years of professional experience in the communications field. She has focused her efforts on how access to medical information and the Internet can support improved health, and on the ways in which new technology solutions can assist remote and underserved communities in developing countries. Throughout her career Ms. Royall has been committed to bringing together information and technology with partners, projects, and funding, using a variety of media in US and international settings.

She was recruited to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997 to create a malaria research communications network (MIMCom) to support scientists in Africa as part of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria. The first network of its kind, MIMCom comprised 27 research sites in 14 African countries and engaged over 30 partner organizations and institutions in the US, UK, Europe, and Africa. She came to NLM to address this target of opportunity and around the target created a center for innovation in information delivery in Africa. For this work she received the NIH Director’s Award of Merit, the NLM Director’s Honor Award, and was honored by Federal Computer Week magazine.

In 2001, she was made Chief of NLM’s Office of International Programs. Focusing on Africa, her program comprises outreach to medical librarians, medical journal editors, researchers, medical students, end users. In addition to new initiatives, she has adapted NLM databases for use in Africa. In 2007-8, she was Fulbright Scholar to Uganda. She is now a Global Health Information Consultant and Adjunct Faculty, Division of Health Sciences Informatics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Under her leadership, NLM has applied greater focus on global health by piloting demonstration projects which draw strength from one another and tie into NLM’s major programs and databases. These areas of emphasis touch and strengthen all phases of the research process – from journal editors and librarians to today’s scientists and those of the future. The African Medical Journal Editors Partnership Program strengthens 6 African journals for acceptance into Medline through capacity building and partnerships with 6 major medical journals in the US and UK; this program makes important research being carried out in endemic countries available to the world.

While at NLM, she served on the NIH Global Health Working Group and the NIH mHealth Inter-Institute Interest Group devoted to research in the field of mobile health.  In 2007-8, she was Fulbright Scholar to Uganda.

The NLM Associates Program has accepted 6 fellows from the African continent over the past 10 years; they now compose a network of former African associates and are having a demonstrable impact at seven universities in seven African countries. She has guided African medical students in the creation of MedlinePlus African tutorials on malaria and diarrhea; implementing these tutorials as part of an “information intervention” at the village level has resulted in small research projects – capacity building for the future. These programs all build on Ms. Royall’s leadership in the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria program.

Prior to coming to the National Library of Medicine, she was Deputy Director of SatelLife, which created the first telecommunications system for health in Africa. While at SatelLife she initiated and directed the HealthNet Information Service, which served and continues to serve African countries.

Her research interests include how information technology interventions can make a difference in health in Africa; African American and slave trade history; PanAfricanism; and the relationship between African traditional communication systems, arts, and the Internet.