Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and the son of Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom and Mrs. Yvonne Nduom, Dr. Edjah Nduom is playing a very critical role in the Cancer Moonshot Project by President Joe Biden.
Introducing the President of the United States of America at the relaunch of the project in the White House, Dr. Nduom said “It is an honour to be here with you and to follow the path paved by your (Veep Kamala Harris’) mother (Gopalan Shyamala) and all the researchers that came before whose shoulders we stand on. To the first Lady, thank you for your empathy and for truly understanding the pain and the promise, that is this fight. I am thrilled to be able to be here to introduce someone many of us consider to be the country’s patient advocate and chief, President Joe Biden.”
Dr. Nduom further indicated that as a Neurosurgeon scientist, constantly thinking of ways to treat cancer patients, to fight cancer and seeing countless patients every year and as a board member of the National Brain Tumour Society, this is “the most exciting moment in the history of our field.”
An article on the official website of the White House stated that as Vice President, in 2016, Joe Biden led the Cancer Moonshot with the mission to accelerate the rate of progress against cancer. The cancer advocacy, patient, research and health care communities responded with tremendous energy and ingenuity. Now the President of the United States of America has reignited the Cancer Moonshot and set a new national goal: if we work together, we can cut the death rate from cancer by at least 50% over the next 25 years and improve the experience of the people and their families living with and surviving cancer.
“Every one of you have a story. And our message today is this. We can do this. I promise you we can do this for all those we lost. All those we miss. We can end cancer as we know it.”
For his part, President Joe Biden expressed his appreciation to Dr. Nduom for his sacrifice for cancer patients in the United States. “See that doctor on the end there. That’s the man who spent 18 months trying to save our son’s life. Doctor, I love you. The whole family loves you,” Biden said.