Dr. Kori Novak Named Executive Director

Dr. Kori Novak was recently named the Executive Director of Colorado Cancer Coalition. Dr. Novak started her new role in late April 2023.

A cancer survivor herself, Dr. Novak brings more than 25 years of experience to the role, with a background in healthcare, gerontology, and criminal justice. She is a native Coloradan, having grown up in Pueblo. She previously held positions with Asterisk Group, Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Karuk Tribe, and Advanced Care Planning Inc.

“I am thrilled to take on this role and continue increasing cancer support and awareness across Colorado,” said Dr. Novak. “Approximately 25,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Colorado. We plan to continue the incredible work we’ve done so far, supporting cancer patients, oncology caregivers, professionals, and survivors, and offer enhanced resources and education in the future.”

Dr. Novak has been a professor at various universities and is a Senior Fellow of Sociology at the School of Law and Social Sciences, at the University of Suffolk, United Kingdom. She has been a guest lecturer and keynote speaker for several domestic and international associations and has given two TEDx Talks on the intersections of gerontology, healthcare, and criminal justice.

She attained a post-doctoral fellowship in Ethno-Geriatrics and End of Life Studies, from Stanford University School of Medicine; a doctorate in Human Services and Gerontology, with Summa Cum Laude honors, from Capella University; a master’s, with a concentration in Marketing and Public Relations, from the Graziadio School of Business, at Pepperdine University; and a bachelor of arts in International Relations and Russian Studies, from the University of Denver.

As Colorado’s premier cancer organization, CCC provides resources and education to oncology professionals, cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors. For more than 25 years, CCC cancer plans have guided the prevention, treatment, and control of cancer statewide – providing a five-year framework to reduce the risk, incidence, and mortality associated with cancer in Colorado.

CCC is observing May as Oncology Nursing Month, by recognizing and celebrating oncology professionals across the state. Dr. Novak is available as a subject-matter expert for interviews pertaining to cancer-related topics; CCC support for patients, oncology professions, and survivors; and future CCC plans. Please contact her at Kori@coloradocancercoalition.org.

To learn more about Colorado Cancer Coalition and the 2021 – 2025 Cancer Plan, visit the website.